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2013 MANDI


MANDI 2013 Winners and Finalists Videos

MANDI 2013 Awards Ceremony Photos


MANDI 2013 Winners Announced

Rising Washington Park Neighborhood Sweeps Neighborhood Development Awards, Winning in Three of Five Competitive Categories

MANDIs Highlight Successful Work in Central City


MILWAUKEE (March 15, 2013) – Every year corporate and public sector leaders gather to recognize outstanding efforts to revitalize Milwaukee’s central city. The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) are hosted by LISC Milwaukee and sponsored by US Bank. On March 14th, winners were announced at a gala at the Pfister Hotel before an audience of 720 non-profit, corporate, and public sector leaders.

Vivian King, Director of Consumer Media Relations for Roundy’s Supermarkets was the Master of Ceremony. Mayor Barrett welcomed guests and profiled key projects. LISC Milwaukee Board Chair Catherine G. Madden and Lisa Glover, Executive Vice President and Director of Community Affairs from U.S. Bank also presented opening remarks. Awards were presented by sponsors:  Eugene Manzanet, Vice President from PNC Bank; Alderman Willie Wade, from Milwaukee Common Council, representing Brewers Community Foundation; Joy Shreder, Area Vice President from State Farm; Jamie Reeve III, Vice President from Northern Trust; Jill Haupt, Regional President from BMO Harris Bank. Barbara Markoff, Community Affairs Manager from US Bank and Leo Ries, Executive Director from LISC Milwaukee made closing remarks.

The MANDIs are similar to the Oscar awards in that winners are selected by peers. A Selection Committee (twenty eight private, public and government volunteers) reviews nominations, chooses finalists, visits each finalist, and selects winners. Sixteen finalists were announced in December and five winners were named at the live at the event, March 14th. ManpowerGroup was also recognized by the LISC Milwaukee Local Advisory Board for their exemplary corporate leadership to revitalize Milwaukee. A complete list of finalists an be found at

MANDI 2013 Winners

Washington Park (Milwaukee County Park) received the Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award for their successful efforts to revitalize this important historical Milwaukee landmark. The partnership of Milwaukee County Department of Parks, with Urban Ecology Center, and the Washington Park Partners, a coalition of neighborhood groups, has resulted in reduced crime (51%), fruit orchards, soccer leagues, bicycle clubs, a summer concert series, new playgrounds, a farmers market and significant increases in usage and programming. Thus, Washington Park is being restored to its former status as a Milwaukee treasure.

Regarding Washington Park, a Selection Committee member said, “An amazing collaborative effort to turn a vast, neglected park into a magnet for healthy community!”

Contact: Laura Schloesser, Chief of Administration and External Affairs, Milwaukee County Parks, 414-257-7143

Progressive Community Health Centers received the BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award for a long-standing commitment to meet the health and medical care needs of community members, regardless of their ability to pay. Located at 35th Street and Lisbon Avenue, the center has become an integral part of the neighborhood. PCHC partners with schools and community groups, and its comprehensive services include everything from dentistry to pediatrics in just a 8,000 square foot facility. Converting every inch of space into patient rooms and extending hours has allowed the growing clinic to see more than 8,500 patients last year. Of these patients 94% were uninsured or insured through Medicare and Medicaid.

Of PCHC, one Selection Committee member said, “The commitment to patient centered care is breathtaking!”

Contact: Sarah Andritsch, Fund Development & Marketing Manager, Progressive Community Health Centers, 1452 N. 7th St. and 3522 W. Lisbon Ave, 414-342-2011

Our Next Generation’s Outbound Learning program was awarded the PNC Trailblazer Award for their innovative Outbound Learning program. The Our Next Generation community center, 2411 W. Lisbon Ave., provides students with educational and cultural experiences to help them succeed in school and life. The center’s Outbound Learning Program offers children after-school hands-on learning, by taking them out of the neighborhood to partner groups for tutoring and mentoring. Partners include St. John’s by the Lake and ManpowerGroup among others. Our Next Generation touts a 97 percent graduation rate of high school students who participate, with 80 percent going on to higher education, in a neighborhood with an average graduate rate of 31%.

A Selection Committee member said, “Tremendous influence on neighborhood kids!”

Contact: Robert Dunn, Our Next Generation, 414-344-2111

Charlotte John-Gomez received the Northern Trust Navigator Award for her work as the Executive Director of Layton Boulevard West Neighbors for the past 14 years. Under her leadership, LBWN has invested $35 million in the neighborhood and has engaged thousands of neighbors who have worked on projects and neighborhood events. John-Gomez has overseen the rehabilitation of 250 homes and the sale of 39 others, totaling $7.5 million in direct neighborhood investment. She also has played a key role in mentoring staff and community members, cultivating the next generation of leaders.

Of John-Gomez one Selection Committee member said, “What a leader, what a jewel; not only for LBWN, but for neighborhood leaders throughout the City. Charlotte delivers!”

Contact: Charlotte John-Gomez, Executive Director, Layton Blvd West Neighbors, 414-383-9038

Clock Shadow Building received the State Farm Building Blocks Award
. Clock Shadow Building, 130 W. Bruce St., is a testament to urban pioneering and sustainability. Half the materials used to build the $7 million structure were either recycled or salvaged, including cream city brick, pickle barrel wood, recycled doors and repurposed hardware. The building, which features the country’s first elevator using regenerative energy, is now home to a creamery, ice cream shop and three health clinics. The nonprofits and eco-friendly tenants helped design the space so it would be specially suited to their unique needs.

Of Clock Shadow Building, a Selection Committee member remarked, “A stand out building that offers the best of sound development.”

Contact: Juli Kaufmann, Fix Development, 414-628-2346

ManpowerGroup received the Vision Award for outstanding financial investment in Milwaukee’s central city. This award is given by the LISC Milwaukee Advisory Board. Since 1948, ManpowerGroup is a global leader with its heart and headquarters rooted firmly in Milwaukee. ManpowerGroup’s vision for a thriving Milwaukee has been a boon for the local economy and community. The company has worked with city leaders to stimulate the existing job market, provide job readiness support, and help young people connect to employment and gain workplace skills.   ManpowerGroup’s employees serve on countless boards and advisory committees for area task forces, schools, colleges and universities. The company has strong partnerships with Our Next Generation, Artworks for Milwaukee, Best Buddies, Literacy Services of Wisconsin and many other organizations. In 2007, ManpowerGroup opened its international headquarters along the Milwaukee River, and last year, more than 160 local nonprofits benefited from the building’s facilities free of charge.

Contact: Melanie Cosgrove Holmes, Vice President, World Work Solutions, ManpowerGroup, 414-906-6383

2013 MANDI finalists announced

Selection Committee announces 16 finalists for the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI)

14th Annual Awards Highlight Innovative and High-Impact Projects in Central City

On December 5, 2012, a volunteer selection committee of 28 members announced 16 finalists for the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI).  Sponsored by U.S. Bank, in partnership with LISC Milwaukee, the MANDIs recognize individuals, organizations, and corporations who are strengthening Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods. Over 150 supporters packed into O’Brien’s Irish Pub on Vliet Street to hear the news. 

“You will not find more entrepreneurial people than the people who are leading the efforts to rebuild our central city neighborhoods. The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation provide an opportunity for us to celebrate and learn from our city’s greatest talent,” Leo Ries, Executive Director, LISC Milwaukee.

Finalists are selected by an independent, cross-sector volunteer committee. The committee reviews nominations and selects three finalists in each of the five categories. Winners will be announced at a gala event on Thursday, March 14th, 5pm, at the Pfister Hotel. 

Finalists Include:

Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award honors the use of public space that contributes to the overall well-being of the community.

  • Brown Street Academy- asphalt schoolyard transformed into a lush green space.
  • Washington Park- historic park restored as a city treasure.
  • 29th and Burnham Park- blighted lot blossoms with community power. 

BMO Harris Cornerstone Award honors an organization or program with a long-standing commitment to a neighborhood and demonstrated effectiveness over time.

Northern Trust Navigator Award honors an individual demonstrating leadership and collaboration for change.

PNC Bank Trail Blazer honors an innovative approach to a problem that is producing demonstrative results.

State Farm Building Blocks Award honors a real estate project that contributes significantly to the enhancement of the community.

A Special Thank you to MANDI Presenting Sponsor US Bank, and MANDI Award Sponsors: BMO Harris Bank, Brewers Community Foundation, Northern Trust, PNC Bank, and State Farm.

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