MOBILIZING FOR ACTION

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MKE United's foundation is the collaboration of diverse leaders from a variety of entities, constituencies and demographics who came together for strategic action sessions to identify MKE United’s transformative directions and form working groups to drive action. Over the past two years MKE United has worked diligently to convene working groups, made up of dedicated Milwaukeeans that work in or have a passion for one of the transformative directions. These groups aim to generate tangible and feasible targets, strategies, pilots and metrics so that the MKE United Action Agenda can be realized. 

MKE UNITED WORK GROUPS
 

COMMUNITY LEADERS

HOUSING

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/ EMPLOYMENT

The MKE United Community Leaders group was formed to design and implement an innovative, transparent, and inclusive feedback loop model to integrate resident voice at every stage of the MKE Unite planning process and ensure our work is benefitting the neighborhoods we intend to serve.

The MKE United Housing work group was formed to move the Transformative Direction vision around "lifestyle neighborhoods" and housing from concept into strategies and implementation. They have been focused in three areas: homeownership, rental housing, and neighborhood investment patterns/devaluation.

The MKE United Economic Development and Employment work group was formed to move the Transformative Direction vision around "inclusive growth" from concept into strategies and implementation. They focus on three areas: upskilling careers in healthcare, benefits cliffs, and intersections between transportation and employment.

2021 PRIORITIES

  • Design and implement the transparent feedback loop model

  • Encourage collaboration across neighborhoods organizations 

  • Explore the creation of a user-friendly resource directory

  • Connect community leaders with specialized technical support as needed. 

  • Return homeownership rates in the greater downtown to pre-2008 recession levels for new and existing homeowners

  • Increase homeownership rates among communities of color

  • Preserve unsubsidized affordable housing in the greater downtown

  • Increase or maintain subsidized affordable housing in the greater downtown

  • Create opportunities to address barriers to appraisals that reflect market reality

  • Mitigate the negative effects of the 'benefits cliff'

  • Explore transportation solutions for Milwaukee's workforce

  • Workforce development within the healthcare sector

  • FATHERS MAKING PROGRESS

  • HISTORIC KING DRIVE BID #8

  • NEAR WEST SIDE PARTNERS

  • RIVERWORKS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

  • RUNNING REBELS

  • SAFE & SOUND

  • SIXTEENTH STREET COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

  • SOUTHSIDE ORGANIZING CENTER

  • WALNUT WAY

  • WARRIORS AND UPLIFTERS OF 53206

GROUP PARTICIPANTS

  • ASSOCIATED BANK

  • CITY OF MILWAUKEE, DCD

  • CROSS MANAGEMENT SERVICES

  • FIT INVESTMENT LLC

  • FITZGERALD CONSULTANCY

  • GREATER MILWAUKEE COMMITTEE

  • GREATER MILWAUKEE FOUNDATION

  • HAYWOOD GROUP

  • LEGACY REDEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

  • LISC MILWAUKEE

  • METROPOLITAN MILWAUKEE FAIR HOUSING COUNCIL

  • MGIC

  • NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL

  • PNC BANK

  • ROYAL CAPITAL GROUP

  • TAKE ROOT MILWAUKEE

  • UEDA

  • WHEDA

  • ZILBER FAMILY FOUNDATION

  • ADVOCATE AURORA HEALTHCARE

  • ASCENSION 

  • CITY OF MILWAUKEE, OSBD

  • CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF WISCONSIN

  • EMPLOY MILWAUKEE

  • FROEDTERT

  • GREATER MILWAUKEE COMMITTEE

  • HISTORIC KING DRIVE BID #8

  • MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN

  • MENOMONEE VALLEY PARTNERS

  • MATC

  • MILWAUKEE JOBSWORK

  • MILWAUKEE URBAN LEAGUE

  • NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL

  • PRISM TECHNICAL

  • REGIONAL TRANSIT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

  • UW-MILWAUKEE

  • WEDC

  • WISCONSIN DWD

  • WWBIC

  • ZILBER FAMILY FOUNDATION

SHARED PROSPERITY PARTNERSHIP

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MKE United has been a member of the Shared Prosperity Partnership since 2018. SP2 is a collaboration of The Kresge Foundation, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, the Urban Institute, and Living Cities that convenes local leaders in select communities across the United States to discuss challenges to inclusive growth and provide data, research, and access to national experts, networks, and financial resources. Learn more here!

MKE UNITED

ANTI-DISPLACEMENT

FUND

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The Anti-Displacement Fund was established by MKE United in 2019 to provide grants to help ensure that long-time, income eligible homeowners living in near downtown neighborhoods are not displaced due to increasing property taxes associated with rising property values and new development. Learn more here!

INNOVATIVE SHARED OWNERSHIP MODELS

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MKE United has been exploring mechanisms for resident and community ownership to ensure that as investment occurs, neighbors are able to benefit from it. We have engaged with Invest CIT out of Portland, OR to learn about implementing a Community Investment Trust (CIT) model in partnership with other community organizations.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PROJECTS