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Economic Development

LISC’s economic development initiatives boost the health of neighborhoods by investing in the physical and social assets of a community's business district. To make this happen, we support programs and invest in projects that cultivate entrepreneurship, attract new businesses, diversify the local retail mix and stimulate employment. It's the kind of development that grows local job opportunities and incomes, and brings goods and services to places where they're needed. These changes, in turn, ripple outward, beyond individual neighborhoods, improving the landscape for industry and employment, bolstering cities’ tax revenues and stimulating regional economies.

Equitable development requires an intentional focus on eliminating racial inequities, and making sure residents have a voice in the decisions that shape their neighborhoods.
— Donsia Strong Hill, LISC Milwaukee Executive Director

Equitable development is an approach to creating healthy, vibrant, inclusive communities of opportunity. Equitable outcomes come about when smart, intentional strategies are put in place to ensure that everyone can participate in and benefit from decisions that shape their neighborhoods and regions. Lifting up these historic Milwaukee neighborhoods, rather than displacing and replacing, underlies all of our work.


Economic Development News

LISC announces Beth Haskovec to lead commercial revitalization initiatives

Beth Haskovec joins LISC with over 15 years of community and economic development and nonprofit management experience. 

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Building communities through entrepreneurship

LISC hosted Derrick Braziel and William Thomas, co-founders of a Cincinnati-based program called MORTAR, to explore bringing the entrepreneurial training and development program to Milwaukee.

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Detroit Tour Aims to Leverage Bold Ideas

LISC and the Greater Milwaukee Committee co-hosted a tour to the City of Detroit, Michigan, this summer. The goal was to explore best practices especially related to commercial corridor development and blight reduction, under the theme of Leveraging Bold Ideas…Leading Big Change. Leveraging Bold Ideas…Leading Big Change.

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Sakuri Fears, Family Income & Wealth Building Program Officer