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Kiva City Milwaukee to fuel economic growth through entrepreneurship

A year-long effort to bring Kiva Zip micro-lending to small businesses in Milwaukee has resulted in Milwaukee being named a “Kiva City.”  The designation, first proposed by Mayor Tom Barrett at his 2014 State of the City address, was announced at a City Hall news conference on Feb. 17 and was cheered at a community celebration later that day. Milwaukee is the 11th city nationwide to gain the designation. Kiva Zip loans are crowd-funded, meaning they are aggregated from small loans made by many individuals through Kiva’s website. Individuals can lend as little as $5 to a small business. Kiva Zip borrowers are typically entrepreneurs who cannot qualify for more conventional business financing. Most lenders are endorsed by a “trustee,” a local organization or individual who can attest to the character of the borrower. To date, nearly 20 Milwaukee trustees have signed on to endorse local loans.

Saved from the wrecking ball, artifacts from historic mansions now on display until June 7

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 North Terrace Ave., will present “Private Spaces, Public Authority,” on view March 6 - June 7. The exhibition will feature architectural salvage from the former Elizabeth Plankinton mansion, now in the collection of HACM and RACM, and it will include woodwork, ceramics and glass that broadly outline Aesthetic era principles and designs. The objects come from local firms like Matthews Bros. as well as internationally known companies J & J.G. Low Art Tile of Massachusetts, Belcher Mosaic Glass of New Jersey and Hollins & Minton of Stoke-on-Trent, England. For more information please visit the Villa Terrace website.


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Growing Prosperity: An Action Agenda for Economic Development

The Milwaukee Common Council approved a Department of City Development report recommending nearly four dozen actions to help Milwaukee build on its assets and respond to its challenges in order to fully reap the benefits of regional economic growth. “Growing Prosperity: An Action Agenda for Economic Development in the City of Milwaukee” was developed with input from more than 100 individuals and organizations over a year-long period.


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Harbor District gaining momentum

The City-led Harbor District initiative is gaining momentum with the recent announcement of a $200,000 planning grant to the Redevelopment Authority from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).


Mayor Barrett with the major partners, speaking at the public announcement of the PARC Initiative

Over $1 million committed to efforts to improve Near West Side

On April 14th, Mayor Tom Barrett joined representatives from Aurora Health Care, Harley-Davidson, Marquette University, Miller-Coors and the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation to announce the new Promoting Assets and Reducing Crime (PARC) Initiative on Milwaukee’s Near West Side.


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Two TINs launched with the new year

Two new neighborhoods have been designated as Targeted Investment Neighborhoods (TINs) at the onset of 2015. The Beerline and Old North Milwaukee neighborhoods were selected from a pool of applicants to be designated as TIN areas, where housing rehabilitation resources are available under the HOME Rehabilitation and Rental Rehabilitation programs over a three-year period to support ongoing community improvement and quality of life initiatives that are led by residents and community-based organizations.


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