MANDI People's Choice Award Voting

Winners receive $1,000 and the Wells Fargo People's Choice Award at the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation on August 27th. Click on any of the nominees to learn more via profiles written by LISC.

MANDI Awards 2020

Thursday, August 27, 2020
Virtual
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Kilbourn-Kadish Park

Since 2003 COA, the City & residents worked to transform a blighted crime-ridden water works property & abandoned rail tracks into Kilbourn-Kadish Park. The park size was doubled with an amazing Milwaukee skyline view, sports field, community gardens, 100 new trees & an amphitheater hosting concerts for 9000+ children & families annually.

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The Kinnickinnic River Plaza

The Kinnickinnic River Plaza is a new southside greenspace. Community-informed, water-focused art, colorful bird houses and native plant-filled bioswales line a meandering gravel trail running next to the KK River. What could have been a derelict area is now a thriving neighborhood asset that includes community gardens and a natural play space.

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Dominican Center

Since 1995, DC has supported Amani residents as they strive for a better future, always responding to the needs of the community. DC supports a resident-led revitalization effort to foster social change and is a resource for residents in the areas of safety, education and family well-being, and housing and economic development.

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Neighborhood House of Milwaukee

Serving more than 50,000 families since 1945, Neighborhood House offers life-enhancing programs that build connections, promote learning and change lives such as Early Childhood & School Age Youth Care, Teen & Family Programs, our International Learning Program and Environmental Education.

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RISE MKE Entrepreneurial Training Program

RISE MKE is a 14-week Entrepreneurial Training Program designed to ensure that emerging businesses don’t start blindly. The program provides business development with focuses on marketing, branding, business network development, and other essential resources. Each week, a different topic is covered and classes are guided with the use of our RISE curriculum and business model canvas that is provided to each entrepreneur.

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Riverworks Week

Riverworks Week provides an opportunity to celebrate and grow the network of local businesses, entrepreneurs, and community through a series of strategically planned events. The events include a weekly pop-up café, an entrepreneurial pitch contest, the BID Awards, Holton St block party, a Rube Goldberg machine building competition and the Beerline Trail 5K Run.

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William Krugler, Milwaukee JobsWork

Bill Krugler is a community leader who founded Milwaukee JobsWork after retiring from a successful 30 year career in business. Bringing a business approach to the problem of poverty, Milwaukee JobsWork has developed a unique model for helping disadvantaged adults overcome their barriers to achieve long-term employment success.

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Sharon Jordan, Direct Supply, Inc.

Sharon Jordan, Direct Supply Community Relations Director, leads her company and its employees to partner with community service organizations in health, education and neighborhood initiatives. In 2019, under Sharon’s leadership 54% of Direct Supply employees volunteered, donating nearly 12,000 hours to serve more than 45 community service organizations with which Direct Supply partners.

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The Farm Project-El Proyecto Campesino

The Farm Project is a partnership between the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative (CSNI) and the Cesar Chavez Drive Business Improvement District (Milwaukee BID #38) to seed arts, culture, and small business in Clarke Square and adjacent near South Side neighborhoods. The Farm Project's objective is to cultivate Chavez Drive as a destination for both cultural and economic investment.

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Wisconsin's First Ever Deaf StorySlam

Ex Fabula, Milwaukee Public Library, and the Deaf community trained Deaf coaches and held workshops and a Slam in American Sign Language with English and Spanish interpretation. The 7 Deaf tellers said it was healing to share true “Labels” stories. Media pieces further shared stories, celebrated Deaf culture, and built cultural humility.

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Seven04 Place Apartments

Seven04 Place Apartments is a $12.6M development project that transformed a blighted warehouse into a 60 unit affordable housing development. Located in the Walkers Point and Walker’s Square neighborhoods, this project consists of roughly 85% of affordable units. It also was very important for us to target a diverse income mix of 30%, 50%, 60%, 80% and 100% of the AMI.

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Sherman Phoenix

The Sherman Phoenix offers high-quality space for small businesses-of-color offering diverse foods, wellness services and cultural activities. It also includes much-needed community spaces to curate art exhibits, film showings and cultural events. The Sherman Phoenix is a model for healing our city by generating positive economic and social returns in communities of color.

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