MANDI 2016: 15 named for improving central city neighborhoods

Dawn Hutchison-Weiss, Communications Director, LISC Milwaukee
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“Unsung Heroes” Selected as Finalists for the 2016 Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI)

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
· Open Doors, Historic Milwaukee, Inc.
· Turtle Park, River Revitalization Foundation

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

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

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

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

About LISC: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is the recognized leader in neighborhood development. Since 1980, LISC national has marshaled $9 billion from 3,100 investors, lenders and donors to foster the revitalization of more than 300 urban neighborhoods and rural communities. Since 1995, LISC Milwaukee has invested $130 million in Milwaukee’s neighborhoods through grants, loans and technical assistance to neighborhood-based community development efforts. More information is available at or