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15 Named for Improving Central City Neighborhoods

“Unsung Heroes” Selected as Finalists for the 2016 Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI)

View photos of MANDI 2016 finalists' announcement event held December 2, 2015.
Please credit Andrea Waxman, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

MILWAUKEE (December 2, 2015) — 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 15 finalists for the awards this year.

“The MANDIs provide an opportunity to celebrate Milwaukee’s diverse neighborhoods, and the many passionate, committed people working together to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities,” said Laura Bray, Executive Director, LISC Milwaukee. “These finalists represent the future of our city.”

Sponsored by U.S. Bank, in partnership with LISC Milwaukee, the MANDIs recognize individuals, organizations, and corporations who 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 on Wednesday, March 16, at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.

Finalists in five categories were announced at a public event at Company Brewing in the Riverwest neighborhood on Wednesday night. A sixth category, the “Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award” will be given to finalists who receive the most public votes March 7-14. This award is hosted by the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service


MANDI 2016 finalists include:

The “Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award” recognizes a public space that helps build the community. Finalists include:

  • Moody Park Revitalization, Milwaukee County Parks & Partners
  • Doors Open, Historic Milwaukee, Inc.
  • Turtle Park, River Revitalization Foundation

Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award

The “BMO Harris Cornerstone Award” recognizes an organization for their commitment and effectiveness over time. Finalists include:

  • COA Youth & Family Centers
  • Northside Housing Initiative
  • Safe & Sound

BMO Harris Cornerstone Award finalists

The “Northern Trust Navigator Award” recognizes an individual for leadership and collaboration. Finalists include:

  • Larry and Sharon Adams, Founders, Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
  • Rodney Bourrage, Sr., Founder and Executive Director, Operation DREAM
  • Dick Larsen, Community Volunteer and Retired President, Larsen Electric

Northern Trust Navigator Award finalists

The “PNC Bank Trail Blazer Award” recognizes an innovative approach to a community problem. Finalists include:

  • ACTS Housing, Foreclosure Reclamation Project
  • Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee
  • The Wisconsin Cycle, First Stage

PNC Trailblazer Award finalists

The “State Farm Building Blocks Award” recognizes a real estate project that advances the community. Finalists include:

  • Maskani Place, Heartland Housing
  • Paper Box Lofts, Sherman Associates
  • St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care-Bucyrus Campus, St. Ann Center

State Farm Building Blocks Awards finalists


The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (known as the MANDIs) recognize individuals, organizations and projects that enrich central city neighborhoods. Nominations for 17th Annual MANDIs will be accepted through October 22, 2015. The awards pay tribute to the people and organizations working tirelessly to make Milwaukee a great place to live, learn, work and grow. Individuals, organizations and projects in the city of Milwaukee are eligible to apply.


  • BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award: Recognizes an organization for tenacious commitment and effectiveness
  • Northern Trust Navigator Award: Recognizes an individual for outstanding leadership and collaboration 
  • PNC Trail Blazer Award: Recognizes an innovative approach to a community problem(s)
  • State Farm Building Blocks Award: Recognizes a real estate project that enhances the community 
  • Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award: Recognizes a public space that enlivens a neighborhood
  • Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award: The Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award is an interactive category that allows the public to vote online for their favorite finalists between March 7-15th. All MANDI finalists will be eligible for this award.

MANDI is sponsored by U.S. Bank and hosted by LISC Milwaukee (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). Winners are selected by an independent committee, and will be announced at a gala on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Finalists will be announced at a live event on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. All MANDI winners receive a trophy and $1,000.


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