Voting for the MANDI 2018 People's Choice Award is now closed.
Winners receive $1,000 and the Wells Fargo People's Choice Award at the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation on March 15, 2018.
MANDI Awards 2018
Potawatomi Event Center
1611 W. Canal St.
Artists Working in Education values the connections among art, education and community. AWE works with professional artists through a variety of community programs, including a “truck studio” and public murals. AWE works with 6,000 youth annually, and brings together public and private partners to build communities through the arts.▶ Watch video produced by LISC
Growing out of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, the Community Improvement Project (CIP) offers matching grants for catalytic projects. The program matches up to $4,000 for projects with a focus on community engagement and overall neighborhood improvement. CIP has enabled countless public art, park and garden projects across the city.▶ Watch video produced by LISC
Mark Eppli’s contributions go beyond Marquette University and his role as a professor of finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate. Recognizing the lack of diversity in the commercial real estate field, Eppli launched the Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) program to build a pipeline of emerging developers of color. ACRE’s 200 graduates are changing the face of real estate development in Milwaukee.▶ Watch video produced by LISC
Adjacent to the popular Fondy Market in Lindsay Heights, Fondy Park offers multi-use green space, seating and a stage for fitness classes, chess tourneys, concerts, gardening and eco-education classes. A state-of-the-art storm water management system collects 83,000 gallons of rainwater, helping prevent flooding and helping to keep Lake Michigan clean.▶ Watch video produced by LISC
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Kalan Haywood has a deep commitment and passion for the city. In the past 18 years, Haywood has developed subdivisions, single-family homes, apartments, commercial spaces and retail stores in Milwaukee and other cities. His $25 million Germania building renovation in 2014, Haywood became the first African-American developer to build in downtown Milwaukee.▶ Watch video produced by LISC
The LBWN Neighborhood Block Project Menu was created to facilitate projects on individual blocks in busy multicultural communities. Projects are intended to improve neighborhood appearance, increase social engagement, improve community safety, solidify community identity, break down language barriers, and develop resident leadership skills.▶ Watch video produced by LISC
Once an eyesore, the Valley has been transformed, becoming a national model in economic development and environmental sustainability. The 300 acres, once brownfields, are now home to 47 companies, and more than 5,000 family-supporting jobs. One million square feet of green buildings and more than 60 acres of new trails and park space have been constructed.▶ Watch video produced by LISC
Building on historic features, the Mitchell Street Branch Library/Alexander Lofts brings a modern twist to the mixed-use library and market-rate apartments. The first-floor library and media studio are designed with youth in mind, and the stylish 60 apartments offer tenants a front row seat to the renaissance of Mitchell Street.▶ Watch video produced by LISC
The Northwest Side Community Development Corporation (NWSCDC) has served the economic development needs of its neighborhood since 1983. Their work has included land use planning and development to spur business growth and workforce programs resulting in 1,000 new jobs. Notable projects include Villard Square Grandfamily Apartments and Century City II.▶ Watch video produced by LISC
The development of Pete’s Fruit Market at the intersection of N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and W. North Avenue is a hope realized for area residents. The market provides fresh, healthy produce and meats at economical prices, and caters to customers and employees who live near the growing business.▶ Watch video produced by LISC
Every year, for 24 hours, the streets of the Riverwest community overflow with cyclists young and old scrambling from checkpoint to checkpoint for fun, learning and bonding with neighbors. Rain or shine, the turnout is always strong with 1,300 riders and 200 volunteers participating.▶ Watch video produced by LISC
Safe & Sound believes improvements in public safety require a combination of law enforcement, community organizing and youth development. Safe & Sound also has created an evaluation approach to measure “collective efficacy” resulting from its programs, which has become a national model.▶ Watch video produced by LISC