Apply now for the 16th annual MANDIs

The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (known as the MANDIs) recognize individuals, organizations and projects that enrich central city neighborhoods.

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 15, 2015 at Potawatomi Event Center 1611 W. Canal Street.

Potawatomi Event Center

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Award ceremony will be held on April 15, 2015
Potawatomi Hotel and Casino
1611 W. Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233 (Map)

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  • BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award

    Recognizes an organization for tenacious commitment and effectiveness.

    Last year's winner: Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation

    Through a four phase development based on community input, over 30 million dollars have been invested in a concentrated, three-block area of the Harambee neighborhood. These developments include green and sustainable architecture, reclaiming numerous vacant spaces in the neighborhood. With each development, neighborhood safety has increased, while the area has become an attractive location for continued investment. MLK EDC’s work has restored a culture of confidence to King Drive.

  • Northern Trust Navigator Award

    Recognizes an individual for outstanding leadership and collaboration.

    Last year's winner: Howard Snyder

    Through the Northwest Side CDC, Howard Snyder has fueled key economic development initiatives such as the Villard Avenue Business Improvement District, MetroWorks Small Business Incubator, and the Northwest Industrial Council. Howard was also the driving force behind redeveloping the Villard Avenue Library, and worked with industry leaders to create the charter school NOVA. The Northwest Side CDC is working collaboratively with the Midwest Energy Research Consortium to build a power and controls business accelerator in the 30th Street Corridor.

  • PNC Trailblazer Award

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

    Last year's winner: Just One More Ministry

    In 2008, Chris Capper brought a box of day-old bread to a community meal at Reformation Lutheran Church, and a life-changing ministry was born. Just One More Ministry rescues food headed to the trash and gets it to hungry people at central city churches and homes. Just One More Ministry supplied 62,800 meals in 2012 and in 2013, 76,000 meals—that's 275,000 pounds of rescued food.

  • State Farm Building Blocks Award

    Recognizes a real estate project that enhances the community.

    Last year's winner: Westlawn Gardens (Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee)

    Westlawn Gardens offers an innovative model for healthy urban living. Residents helped design the 250 modern, affordable apartments and homes, green space, and 30,000 square feet of community gardens. The project has forged partnerships between residents and health, public safety and educational groups.

  • Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award

    Recognizes a public space that enlivens a neighborhood.

    Last year's winner: Three Bridges Park

    The 24 acres feature access to the Menomonee River for fishing and canoeing, a native landscape for wildlife in the heart of the city, two miles of walking and biking trails, part of the Hank Aaron State Trail. The Menomonee Valley Urban Ecology Center has already begun using the park as a hands-on outdoor classroom, and in the coming year, the park will blossom with the addition of community gardens.

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