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MILWAUKEE (December 12, 2019) — The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (known as the MANDIs) will celebrate 21 years and continue to 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 awards this year.  
 
Finalists in six categories were announced at a public event at the Jewels Caribbean Restaurant located on Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee to an audience on Wednesday night.  Natasha Jewel, Restaurant Co-Owner hosted the event.  
 
With U.S. Bank as presenting sponsor, in partnership with LISC Milwaukee, the MANDIs recognize individuals, organizations, and projects that are improving conditions in Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. Finalists are selected from public nominations by a 40-member, independent, cross-sector volunteer committee. Winners will be announced during an award show style gala at the 21st Annual MANDIs on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. The event draws a diverse audience of more than 750 leaders from the private, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.  
 
Category nominees announced are: 
 
The “Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award” for public space that helps build the community.  

  • Kilbourn-Kadish Park
  • The Kinnickinnic River Plaza  

The “BMO Harris Cornerstone Award” for commitment and effectiveness over time.

  • Dominican Center
  • Neighborhood House of Milwaukee 

The “Chase Economic Development Award” for economic and business development. 

  • RISE MKE Entrepreneurial Training Program
  • Riverworks Week

The “PNC Bank Navigator Award” for individual leadership.

  • William Krugler, Milwaukee JobsWork
  • Sharon Jordan, Direct Supply, Inc.  

The “Associated Bank Trailblazer Award” for an innovative approach to a community problem.

  • The Farm Project-El Proyecto Campesino
  • Wisconsin’s First Ever Deaf StorySlam 

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

  • Seven04 Place Apartments
  • Sherman Phoenix 

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

Past MANDI Awards

Learn more about past MANDIs and the award winners of the last few years.

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