Editor’s note: You can vote today for People’s Choice Award winners. Click here to vote.
Beginning today, and through March 14, community members can vote for individuals or organizations to win the MANDI People’s Choice Award, the only award chosen by a popular vote. The top three vote-getters each will win a $1,000 prize.
For the first time this year, the Chase Economic Development award will recognize economic and business development.
The Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service published articles about each of the 12 finalists during the past several months. In addition, voters will find videos about the finalists produced by LISC Milwaukee.
The MANDIs (Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation), sponsored by U.S. Bank in partnership with LISC, honor organizations and individuals for their work to revitalize distressed city neighborhoods.
Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, the People’s Choice Awards will be go to three winners, chosen from among the finalists in six categories.
MANDI finalists are selected from public nominations by an independent, cross-sector volunteer committee. A panel of judges visits each finalist’s site and votes on the winners.
All winners will be announced at a dinner on Thursday, March 15, at the Potawatomi Event Center, 1611 W. Canal St.
Below are the 2018 finalists:
Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award
- Fondy Park, City of Milwaukee
- Riverwest 24 Bike Race
BMO Harris Cornerstone Award
- Artists Working in Education
- Community Improvement Project Matching Grants, City of Milwaukee
Chase Economic Development Award
- Northwest Side Community Development Corp.
- Menomonee Valley Revitalization
Northern Trust Navigator Award
- Mark Eppli, Marquette University
- Kalan R. Haywood, Sr., The Haywood Group LLC
PNC Bank Trailblazer Award
- LBWN Neighborhood Block Projects Menu
- Safe & Sound
State Farm Building Blocks Award
- Pete’s Fruit Market
- Mitchell Street Branch Library/Alexander Lofts