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Winners receive $1,000 and the Wells Fargo People's Choice Award at the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation on April 11th, 2019. Click on any of the nominees to learn more via profiles written by the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

MANDI Awards 2019

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Potawatomi Event Center
1611 W. Canal St.
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Multi-Sport Complex at Browning Elementary and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center

Browning Elementary School’s playground used to be a dead zone of 55,000 square feet. But in 2017, the space was transformed into a multi-sport complex with six basketball courts, one futsal court, a soccer field and a 200-meter track. The complex, also used by Silver Spring Neighborhood Center has changed the way community members and students play outside.

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Washington Park Neighbors for Washington Park Wednesdays

Centered around a summer concert series, Washington Park Neighbors works to activate the west side's gathering place. The organization strives to book musicians and entertainment as diverse as the neighborhoods that surround the park. The popular series, which runs from June through August, has become popular with those throughout the city.

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CORE El Centro

Founded in 2002, CORE El Centro provides natural healing and wellness services from its home in Walker's Point. Last year the organization served 5,000 people and provided 21,000 hours of service.

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Running Rebels Community Organization

Non-profit has been partnering with Milwaukee County for more than 20 years and estimates it has saved the county more than $80 million in preventing youth incarceration. They now serve more than 1,500 youth a year.

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Rev-Up MKE

Rev-Up Milwaukee is the “Shark Tank”-style live pitch event that invites entrepreneurs to develop and share the business concepts they want to bring to the city’s Near West Side. More than 300 community members and judges gather annually at the event hosted by the Near West Side Partners.

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Carolyn Esswein

Carolyn Esswein has been an architecture and urban planning consultant in Milwaukee for more than 26 years, as well as an adjunct professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2002. In 2012, Esswein left a corporate job at GRAEF for the director’s position at Community Design Solutions (CDS) and a permanent teaching position at UWM.

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Susan Lloyd

Susan Lloyd led the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative in investing more than $50 million in the Lindsay Heights, Clarke Square and Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods. Lloyd, who stepped down in July after a decade at the foundation’s helm, brought extensive community development experience to Milwaukee after leading the New Communities Program for the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago.

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MATC Promise

Milwaukee Area Technical College's Promise program provides free education to low and middle-income students. Students in the program, who also must apply for federal financial aid, receive up to 75 tuition-free credits, with an average scholarship of $930 per participant.

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PeppNation Sports Leadership Camps MKE

PeppNation provides sports leadership and mentoring programs to youth throughout the school days and summer. Through tutoring, recess aid and nontraditional sports, the organization aims to form well-rounded students and citizens. Since its Milwaukee debut in 2012, PeppNation has given more than 14,000 Milwaukee youth exposure to a number of sports, scholarship opportunities and college advising.

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Turnkey Renovation Program-LBWN

LBWN's Turnkey Renovation Program (TRP) has invested over $4 million since 2008 to transform 26 vacant and foreclosed properties into fully renovated, affordable, and environmentally friendly homes for low to moderate income families interested in the Silver City, Burnham Park and Layton Park neighborhoods. Through quality renovations that maintain the historic charm of the homes, TRP has improved surrounding property values.

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Welford Sanders Historic Lofts

The $21 million development project, named after longtime MLK EDC leader and 2016 MANDI award winner Welford Sanders, transformed an old, 200,000-square-foot factory into 59 units of affordable housing and office space for community-serving organizations.

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Blue Skies Landscaping

Blue Skies, an arm of Walnut Way Conservation Corp., provides landscaping, masonry and solar panel installation services with a social mission. During the summer, Blue Skies employs about a dozen city residents, most of whom reside in or have ties to Lindsay Heights. In the off-season half of the staff transitions to a workload centered around snow removal, equipment maintenance and training.

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