Apply now for the 15th annual MANDIs

The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation recognize outstanding efforts to revitalize Milwaukee's central city neighborhoods. Their goal is to lift up the inspiring stories of people and projects working to ensure that Milwaukee's central city is a great place to live, work, play and grow.

Three finalists are selected in each award category and announced prior to the event. The winner in each category is announced at the MANDI Ceremony on April 9, 2014 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Pfister Hotel

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Award ceremony will be held on April 9, 2014 at 5:30pm
The Pfister Hotel
428 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Map)

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Awards

  • BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award

    Honors an organization/program with a long-standing commitment to a neighborhood(s) that has demonstrated persistence and effectiveness over time.

    Last year's winner: Progressive Community Health Centers

    PCHC partners with schools and community groups, and its comprehensive services include everything from dentistry to pediatrics in just a 8,000 square foot facility. Converting every inch of space into patient rooms and extending hours has allowed the growing clinic to see more than 8,500 patients last year. Of these patients 94% were uninsured or insured through Medicare and Medicaid.

  • Northern Trust Navigator Award

    Honors an outstanding individual that has provided visionary leadership—bringing together diverse voices and/or resources to improve the community.

    Last year's winner: Charlotte John-Gomez

    Under Charlotte John-Gomez's leadership, LBWN has invested $35 million in the neighborhood and has engaged thousands of neighbors who have worked on projects and neighborhood events. John-Gomez has overseen the rehabilitation of 250 homes and the sale of 39 others, totaling $7.5 million in direct neighborhood investment.

  • PNC Bank Trail Blazer Award

    Honors an innovative approach by an organization/program to a problem that is producing demonstrative results.

    Last year's winner: Our Next Generation's Outbound Learning Program

    Our Next Generation's Outbound Learning program offers children after-school hands-on learning, by taking them out of the neighborhood to partner groups for tutoring and mentoring.

  • State Farm Building Blocks Award

    Honors a real estate project that contributes significantly to the enhancement of the community—fulfilling a significant articulated neighborhood need and demonstrating superior design quality.

    Last year's winner: Clock Shadow Building

    Clock Shadow Building is a testament to urban pioneering and sustainability. Half the materials used to build the $7 million structure were either recycled or salvaged, including cream city brick, pickle barrel wood, recycled doors and repurposed hardware.

  • Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award

    Honors the creation or use of public space that contributes significantly to the overall well-being of the community.

    Last year's winner: Washington Park

    The partnership of Milwaukee County Department of Parks, with Urban Ecology Center, and the Washington Park Partners, a coalition of neighborhood groups, has resulted in reduced crime (51%), fruit orchards, soccer leagues, bicycle clubs, a summer concert series, new playgrounds, a farmers market and significant increases in usage and programming.


  • Brewers Community Foundation
  • BMO Harris
  • Northern Trust
  • PNC Bank
  • State Farm