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The new Pete's Fruit Market in Bronzeville is a MANDI finalist.

Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation finalists named

The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (known as the MANDIs) celebrate the "good news" of successful efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and strengthen the community. From public nominations, a volunteer Selection Committee has named 12 finalists for the awards this year.

Finalists in six categories were announced at a public event at Mr. J's Lounge on Milwaukee's north side to an audience of Tuesday night.

Sponsored by U.S. Bank, in partnership with LISC Milwaukee, the MANDIs recognize individuals, organizations, and projects that are improving conditions in Milwaukee's central city neighborhoods. Finalists are selected from public nominations by a 40-member, independent, cross-sector volunteer committee. Winners will be announced at an Oscar-style gala at the 19th Annual MANDIs on Thursday, March 15th, at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. The event draws a diverse audience of more than 700 leaders from the private, philanthropic and nonprofit communities.

The "Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award" for public space that helps build the community

  • Fondy Park
  • Riverwest 24

The "BMO Harris Cornerstone Award" for commitment and effectiveness over time

  • Artists Working in Education
  • Healthy Neighborhood Initiative Community Improvement Program (HNI/CIP)

The "Chase Economic Development Award" for economic and business development

  • North West Side Community Development Corporation North side revitalization
  • Menomonee Valley Revitalization

The "Northern Trust Navigator Award" for individual leadership

  • Dr. Mark Eppli, Marquette University
  • Kalan R. Haywood, Sr., Haywood Group LLC

The "PNC Bank Trail Blazer Award" for an innovative approach to a community problem

  • LBWN Neighborhood Block Projects Menu
  • Safe & Sound Community Programs

The "State Farm Building Blocks Award" for a real estate project that advances the community

  • Pete's Fruit Market
  • The Alexander Lofts

The "Wells Fargo People's Choice Award" will be given to finalists who receive the most public votes in March. The "Northwestern Mutual Collaboration Award" will also be given to a note-worthy nonprofit collaboration during the event.

About LISC: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is the recognized leader in neighborhood development. Since 1980, LISC national has marshaled $13 billion from investors, lenders and donors to foster the revitalization of more than 300 urban neighborhoods and rural communities. Since 1995, LISC Milwaukee has invested $148 million in Milwaukee's neighborhoods through grants, loans and technical assistance to neighborhood-based community development efforts. More information is available at or


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