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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 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.
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.
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.
While big budget construction projects in Milwaukee’s downtown continue to disproportionately grab headlines, the bigger story is how this latest renaissance cycle has spread outside of the city center and taken root in the supporting neighborhoods.