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May 4, 2015 NWSP Update 
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Keeping Up with Keith on the Near West Side

Friends of the Near West Side:
 
We saw some great momentum at the Near West Side Partners CEO Symposium and PARC announcement on April 14, and we’re excited to keep it up. Our working teams are hard at work to continue implementing great programs that will help to improve our shared neighborhood, and we’ve got an exciting summer ahead. We hope you’ll stay tuned to hear more about what we’re doing, and how you can become involved!

If you wish to share news from your organization, or would like to see something featured in the e-newsletter, please send us a note at outreach@NearWestSidePartners.org for consideration.
 
Keep it up,


Keith Stanley
Executive Director, Near West Side Partners, Inc. 

 
NWSP Survey Update:
Phase Two

At the April 14 CEO Symposium, we announced the results of phase one of the NWSP survey, which targeted employees of the anchor institutions. Now, we want to make sure that the countless other organizations that make up our neighborhood have the same opportunity to become deeply involved in this endeavor.

We'll also be reaching out to Near West Side residents in the coming weeks as well for the third phase of the survey. Keep an eye out for more information. 
 
If you are interested in surveying the employees at your organization on their current perceptions of the Near West Side, please use the following submission form to receive information the next steps of this process. We’ll contact you shortly with further information on the survey and how to spread the word to your employees.
 
Together, we’re confident that these results will help deepen employee engagement in our community, and mark our progress in the years ahead.  
NWSP Member Spotlight: Leo Ries
 
       

This edition’s NWSP member spotlight highlights board member Leo Ries. Leo is capping 15 years as executive director of LISC Milwaukee, where he has worked to improve and revitalize Milwaukee neighborhoods. In his time with LISC Milwaukee, Leo was instrumental in the re-launch of the ACRE program, countless real estate deals, development of LISC’s relationship with the Milwaukee Police Department, and the support and promotion of neighborhood development partners. Leo looks forward to continuing his service on the NWSP board.
 
Read more about Leo’s accomplishments in his BizTimes Bubbler Executive of the Week profile.

Congratulations, and thank you for your continued service, Leo!
 
Congratulations on your accomplishments, Rana and Rick! 

Rana Altenburg, vice president for public affairs at Marquette University and NWSP board and steering committee member, has been honored with the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, in the category of Community Supporter. She will be honored at an awards event on June 12.
 
Rick Wiegand, owner of Wiegand Enterprises and NWSP board and steering committee, was honored on April 24 with the Entrepreneurial Award at the Marquette University College of Business Administration Alumni Awards luncheon.
NWSP In The News

  Urban stakeholder knows importance of community: Keith Stanley 
  Keith Stanley, executive director of both the Avenues West Association and Near West Side Partners, sat down with Sean Ryan of the Milwaukee Business Journal to discuss the NWSP efforts and why he's passionate about the area. 
 
  Earth Day Blitz to Break Ground for New 27th Street Garden Park
  Volunteers from Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association (WLCA), Metro     Milwaukee Chapter helped to break ground on April 22 for a new 27th Street garden park, and area poised for redevelopment, as a new urban agriculture/urban park initiative with a mix of raised garden beds, play areas, a small amphitheater, and rain gardens.
 
 Marquette University Police Department becomes official
  Marquette University President Michael Lovell announced that the Marquette University Police Department would be established May 1. The university will have about 35 commissioned officers in place by the start of the 2015-‘16 academic year. Chief Paul Mascari, a member of the NWSP Safety working team, will be sworn in the morning of May 1.
Save The Date
 
Monday, May 18: Near West Side Block Watch Meeting
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. @ Harley Davidson University (3800 building), 6th Floor Auditorium
Join local residents, city and law enforcement representatives to discuss neighborhood projects and concerns, and review crime reports in the area. Food is provided.
 
Thursday, May 21: Avenues West Association Awards Luncheon
11:30 a.m. @ Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom

Join the Avenues West Association for its twentieth Awards Luncheon, featuring a keynote address by Kelly Grebe, chief legal and corporate services officer at MillerCoors. The Impact Award will be presented to Pastor Lisa Bates-Froilan and Redeemer Lutheran Church, and the Community Investment Award will be presented to Carolina G. Conti, MD, S.C.
 
Monday, June 1: Empty Storefronts Conference
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Grand Avenue Mall

Join NAIOP WI and NEWaukee for a day-long conference that focuses on holistic solutions, national, trends, best practices and success stories that lead to action plans and spark ideas to fill empty storefronts.
 
Saturday, June 20: Historic Concordia Neighbors, Inc. Home Tour Milwaukee
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Wgema Campus Gymnasium 
Join the Historic Concordia Neighbors, Inc. neighborhood association, along with businesses across the Near West Side, for a fundraiser showcase of home throughout the neighborhood.
 
Tuesday, August 4: National Night Out        
Time TBD @ Harley-Davidson

Hosted by Harley-Davidson, this night enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
 
Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20: Doors Open Milwaukee
Time and location TBD

Sponsored by Historic Milwaukee, Inc., Doors Open Milwaukee has been dedicated to increasing awareness of and commitment to Milwaukee’s history, architecture, and the preservation of our built environment through education and advocacy since 1974.
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