Participating Community Organizations
30th Street Industrial Corridor, Department of City Development, City of Milwaukee
The Department of City Development (DCD) is the City of Milwaukee agency responsible for business development, real estate development, planning, permitting, and public housing. DCD is in the process of undertaking a comprehensive plan and a redevelopment plan for the 30th Street Industrial corridor. For more information see, www.mkedcd.org/planning/plans/NearNorth/index.html
City Youth Internship Program, Department of City Development, City of Milwaukee
The Department of City Development (DCD) is the City of Milwaukee agency responsible for business development, real estate development, planning, permitting, and public housing.
One of the programs of DCD is the City Youth Internship Program. The Objective of CYI is to provide employment opportunities for high school youth and young adults, preparing them for the working world and improving workforce preparedness among local youth. Over 200 high school youth from Milwaukee's central city were recruited to fill six week internships in City government during the summer of 2005. For more information see: www.mkedcd.org/SYIProgram
Esperanza Unida, Incorporated
Established in 1971 as a non-profit community organization, the mission of Esperanza Unida, Inc. is "to demonstrate that through unity and mutual respect we can provide services, guidance, training, education, and economic development to empower people; to assist people in growing personally and becoming economically self-sufficient; to take initiative to provide caring support and protection of rights to minorities and others who will contribute with pride to the greater Milwaukee community." While the organization places emphasis on the social and economic concerns of the local Latino community, Esperanza Unida serves people throughout metropolitan Milwaukee. Esperanza indicates that it has three broad objectives: to train individuals for family supporting employment, create jobs, and building individual self-reliance.
Harambee Ombudsman Project, Incorporated
The Harambee Ombudsman Project, Inc. (HOPI) "is a community-based organization that provides information and services to meet the needs of Harambee residents and the community at large." The organization implements its mission through "a strong network of grassroots volunteer residents." To achieve its organizational objectives, HOPI works with governmental, private and other community based agencies. The agency's collaborative efforts focus on initiating self-help activity and social change through a "unified movement to ensure that political power and pride is developed and maintained in the Harambee community." The HOPI's service delivery area is located south of Capitol Drive and north of Walnut, east of I-43 and west of Holton. The organization's primary clientele are community residents, the majority of whom are living below the poverty line. Harambee also serves as the lead coordinating agency for the Neighborhood Strategic Planning area (NSP 6).
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors
The mission of this dynamic community development organization is to improve the quality of life in the LBWN Neighborhood of Milwaukee. Through empowerment, residents and stakeholders can impact their neighborhood. The organization is very active in the areas of housing rehabilitation and development, commercial district revitalization and community outreach. Layton Boulevard West Neighbors have secured City and County funds to plan and implement a five-year economic development strategic plan for the neighborhood. In the past, LBWN has responded to several recent developments that have been initiated by developers interested in the area. Residents' responses to these developments are not always positive due to the type of establishments these developers propose. Through this proactive initiative, residents and businesses will identify the businesses and services they want or need in the neighborhood. The business development and job creation resulting from this initiative will play an important role in increasing the neighborhood's stability and quality of life. An MIED Fellow would work on these economic development initiatives. For more information, see www.lbwn.org
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping nonprofit community development corporations (CDCs) transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy communities of choice and opportunity – good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC mobilizes corporate, government, and philanthropic support to provide CDCs with: loans, grants, and equity investments, technical and management assistance; and local, statewide, and national policy support. For more information, go to: www.lisc.org/milwaukee/
Mayor's Office for Environmental Sustainability
Mayor's Office for Environmental Sustainability was created by Mayor to Barrett to position Milwaukee as a leader in environmental sustainability and performance in the 21st Century. The Office is charged with coordinating efforts to improve Milwaukee's water quality, reduce energy consumption, and stimulate economic development in the green technology sector. The Office for Environmental Sustainability received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the “Milwaukee Shines” program, which will promote the development of solar energy industries and the usage of solar panels in the city of Milwaukee. For more information, go to www.city.milwaukee.gov/greenteam
Menomonee Valley Partners
Menomonee Valley Partners is involved in the redevelopment of Milwaukee's Menomonee River Valley. The organization is creating Sustainable Development Guidelines for the Menomonee Valley. They are defining the type of industries that should be targeted for recruitment to this desirable location. The primary goal is to attract industries that will pay a living wage. An MIED Fellow would assist the Partners in defining Sustainable Development Guidelines and in recruiting desirable companies to locate in the Menomonee Valley. For more information, see www.renewthevalley.org
Milwaukee Community Service Corps
The Milwaukee Community Service Corps' (MCSC) mission is to assist "primarily low-income, ethnically and racially diverse, 18-23 year olds to reshape their community; and to reshape young citizens through the customized integration of high value work, education, job training, career exploration, life skills, and personal development." Established in 1991, the agency's goal is to assist MCSC participants with the transition to permanent employment and facilitate their development as committed members of the Milwaukee community.
Milwaukee Housing Authority
The Housing Authority manages the public housing units in the city of Milwaukee. Beyond simply the provision of housing, the Housing Authority seeks to improve the quality of life of resident in their buildings and homes. To that end, the Community Services Program was established in order to support outreach to residents and to advocate for their needs. The Community Services Program of the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee is interested in having an MIED fellow work on programs and projects in community outreach and advocacy. For example, a MIED Fellow may work on a program to increase the usage of the Earned Income Tax Credit among residents or a program to enhance the safety of residents. For more information, see www.hacm.org
Milwaukee Urban League
The Milwaukee Urban. League, established in 1919, "is dedicated to providing services, research and advocacy for African-Americans and other minorities to build socially and economically equal communities." The organization's programs focus on employment, youth, family services, and economic development. The League clientele consists of African Americans, other minorities, and the elderly within Milwaukee County. Organizational priorities focus on creating stronger families, increasing political awareness with broad-based political influences, and exploring opportunities for economic development and empowerment. For more information, please see www.tmul.org
North Avenue Community Development Corporation
In 1999, the North Avenue Community Development Corporation (NACDC) was created by a consortium of local development organizations. The organization, located in Milwaukee's inner city, is dedicated to building sustained economic development along the North Avenue corridor. The aim of the organization is to encourage and facilitate the development of both new and existing businesses through greater access to capital and credit. For more information, see www.northavenuecdc.org/
Riverworks Development Corporation
Riverworks is a dynamic and growing nonprofit community development corporation focusing its efforts on the Riverworks Center area, Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods. Riverworks increases community prosperity by promoting strong public, private and community partnerships, pursuing positive development opportunities and offering innovative job creation and workforce development programs that link neighborhood residents with area employers. More information can be found at www.riverworksmke.org
Sherman Park Community Association
The Sherman Park neighborhood represents all the cultural and ethnic backgrounds that make this country both rich and varied. Our residents are African American, Middle Eastern, European American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and American Indian. They are Jewish, Christian, and Muslim, life-long citizens and immigrants, blue-collar workers and professionals. And all contribute to the vitality of this city within a city. Sherman Park Community Association promotes a host of advocacy, civic improvement, business stimulation, and other cooperative ventures to benefit the people within its boundaries. The Sherman Park Community Association promotes economic stimulation, publishes a monthly newspaper for residents and focuses on such issues as housing preservation, education, beautification of both business and residential areas, mass transit, and neighborhood safety. Its aggressive and effective leadership has carried many awards for the high profile Sherman Park Community Association. For more information, see www.shermanpark.org
Sixteenth Street Community Health Coalition
Sixteenth Street Community Health Center is an independent non-profit agency, that provides medical and dental care, health education and social services to the residents of the multi-cultural neighborhood on Milwaukee's near south side. Sixteenth Street CHC is located in a neighborhood that has been determined to be medically under-served, and their services are provided regardless of people's ability to pay, in the language of community residents and with respect for cultural values. Services are available in Spanish, English, Hmong and Lao. Sixteenth Street CHC was founded in 1969 by a group of south side Milwaukee residents who took matters into their own hands to improve the quality and availability of medical care in the central city. One of the programs of the Sixteenth Street CHC is Menomonee Valley Improvement. This consortium of nearly 200 individuals, private businesses, government agencies and community organizations released A Vision for Smart Growth, an 86 page booklet that presents cutting edge architectural designs for buildings and land use generated for the purpose of attracting new investment to the Menomonee River Valley. For more information, see www.sschc.org
The Urban Ecology Center
The Urban Ecology Center is a neighborhood-based, not-for-profit, community center. Their mission is to preserve, enhance and use the natural resources of Riverside Park, the Milwaukee River and adjacent green spaces. Using this living laboratory, the Center:
- provides environmental science programs to neighborhood schools,
- promotes environmental awareness in the community,
- preserves and enhances the natural resources of Riverside Park, and
- protects the Milwaukee River.
The Center is centrally located between the Riverwest and East Side communities, resulting in diverse mix of races, economic status and education. The Urban Ecology Center is the only environmental education site in this urban area.
For more information, see www.urbanecologycenter.org
Urban Economic Development Association (UEDA)
Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin, Inc. is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes the professionalism, effectiveness and collaboration of economic development partners to build community assets that enhance the quality of life. UEDA increases communication, coordination and collaboration among various urban development professionals, and provides professional training and technical assistance to improve the personal and organizational skills of their diverse membership. Programs of UEDA include: technical assistance, Community Development Alliance, Making Connections Milwaukee, Business Assistance Caucus of Milwaukee, CDC Consortia Link, Quarterly breakfast meeting, Milwaukee Renewal Community Initiative Map.
For more information, see www.uedawi.org