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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, with an opening reception Friday, March 6, from 6-8:30 p.m.  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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Aerial view of Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley industrial area

Growing Prosperity: An Action Agenda for Economic Development

The Department of City Development has released a draft 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.


“Art on Fond du Lac” project named national model

“Art on Fond du Lac” project named national model

A temporary art project sponsored in part by NIDC received national attention recently at the Americans for the Arts conference in Nashville. “Art on Fond du Lac,” organized last year by In:Site, was listed among 37 outstanding public arts projects in 2013 by the Public Art Network Year in Review program


Rendering of first building to be constructed at Century City site.

First new building planned for Century City site

Prospective tenants have already expressed interest in a 50,000-square-foot industrial building planned for the new Century City development, according to city Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux. It will be the first new building at the former A.O. Smith/Tower Automotive complex, located south of W. Capitol Drive and west of N. 31st St.


KK River project among nation's top 25 public works projects

In late 2009, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (the District) entered into an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement with the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (the Authority) to provide acquisition and relocation services for 83 private properties along the Kinnickinnic River.


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