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MANDI 2018: 12 Named Finalists for Improving Central City Neighborhoods

12.05.2017

Developer, Food Market, Park, Professor, and more selected for the 2018 Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI)

MILWAUKEE (December 5, 2017) — 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 12 finalists for the awards this year.

Sponsored by U.S. Bank, in partnership with LISC Milwaukee, the MANDIs recognize individuals, organizations, and projects that are improving conditions in Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods.

The following finalists in six categories were selected from public nominations by a 40-member, independent, cross-sector volunteer committee, and announced at a public event at Mr. J’s Lounge on Milwaukee’s north side to an audience on December 5th, 2017:

Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award for public space that helps build the community.

Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award finalists
Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award finalists

BMO Harris Cornerstone Award for commitment and effectiveness over time.

BMO Harris Cornerstone Award finalists
BMO Harris Cornerstone Award finalists

Chase Economic Development Award for economic and business development 

Chase Economic Development Award finalists
Chase Economic Development Award finalists

Northern Trust Navigator Award for individual leadership

Northern Trust Navigator Award finalists
Northern Trust Navigator Award finalists

PNC Bank Trail Blazer Award for an innovative approach to a community problem.

PNC Bank Trail Blazer Award finalists
PNC Bank Trail Blazer Award finalists

State Farm Building Blocks Award for a real estate project that advances the community.

State Farm Building Blocks Award finalists
State Farm Building Blocks Award finalists

Winners will be announced at an Oscar-style gala at the 19th Annual MANDIs on Thursday, March 15th, at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. The event draws a diverse audience of more than 700 leaders from the private, philanthropic and nonprofit communities.

The Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award will be given to finalists who receive the most public votes in March. The Northwestern Mutual Collaboration Award will also be given to a note-worthy nonprofit collaboration during the event.