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September 30, 2015 NWSP Update 
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Keeping Up with Keith on the Near West Side

Friends of the Near West Side:
 
The seasons are quickly changing and so is the Near West Side! 

As you'll see in this newsletter, we've had a busy past several weeks. Last week, the Milwaukee Common Council approved our request to expand the current Avenues West BID #10 into a new, larger Near West Side BID that will be able to bring key services to all parts of the Near West Side. In addition, our friends at the City and DPW have been hard at work to improve several parks throughout our neighborhood. 

As we quickly move into the fall months, let's continue our hard work and commitment to making the Near West Side an even better place to live, work and play. We have some great events coming up, including a signing ceremony for the Near West Side Economic Development Fund this Thursday, October 1 at 11 a.m. at the City Campus grounds. 

As always, 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.
Join Milwaukee County Executive Abele for a News Conference Celebrating the
Near West Side Economic Development Fund

Near West Side Partners, Inc. invites the entire community to join Milwaukee County Executive Abele at a ceremony and news conference his office is coordinating to commemorate his signing of the legislation creating the Near West Side Economic Development Fund on Thursday, October 1, beginning at 11 AM at City Campus (27th Street and Wells Street). 

This summer, Milwaukee County allocated $800,000 in savings from the City Campus project to be used to create an Economic Development Fund, a public-private partnership that will help attract new private sector investment into Milwaukee's Near West Side. Through this fund, the $800,000 that would have been used for demolition of the City Campus site will instead by used to attract matching private investment to the neighborhood, creating at least $1.6 million in new economic development in the Near West Side. 

A special thanks to County Executive Abele, Supervisor Weddle and the entire County Board for their leadership in proposing and approving the fund. This is a tremendous opportunity to reallocate resources to build up our neighborhood, and we hope you will join us in celebrating this milestone achievement for the Near West Side. 

Read more about the Near West Side Economic Development Fund in the Milwaukee Business Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
We hope to see you all there! 
Near West Side BID Expansion Approved
 
Near West Side supporters testify at BID hearing. 

On September 22, the Milwaukee Common Council approved an expansion of the current Avenues West Business Improvement District (BID) #10, into a new, larger Near West Side BID #10. This is great news for our community! 
 
The newly-expanded BID will focus on bringing its successful community-improvement initiatives to the entire Near West Side community – including efforts such as façade improvements, increased safety and security measures, advising on quality maintenance and management of properties, marketing of Near West Side businesses and neighborhood activities, and the opportunity for businesses and organizations to be involved in the revitalization of the area.
 
The boundaries will include Interstate 43 on the east, Highway 41 on the west, Interstate 94 on the south and Vliet Street west of 27th Street and Highland Boulevard east of 27th Street on the north. This area includes the four major arterials of the Near West Side – 27th Street, 35th Street, Wisconsin Avenue and Vliet Street, in addition to numerous commercial corridors.
 
This is a big win not only for our businesses, but our entire community! 
 
A special thanks to City staff and the Milwaukee Common Council, especially our Near West Side aldermen – Council President Murphy, Alderman Bauman and Alderman Stamper – for their leadership on this important initiative for our community!
Beautification Efforts Planned Across the NWS 

In collaboration with the City of Milwaukee's Strong Neighborhoods program and the Department of Public Works, NWSP is working to beautify the Near West Side through a series of pocket park and green projects. 

In September, they completed work on Cold Spring Park - creating a new community garden and gathering green on a former vacant lor. Congratulations to the Cold Spring Park Neighborhood Association on the successful completion of their community vision for the space. 

In addition, the City completed work at 3743 W. Vliet and is working on improvements to the next series of sites in the Near West Side, including beautification efforts - such as tree planting and landscape bed enhancements - include: 
  • 1929 W. State Street
  • 2401 W. State Street
  • 2447 W. Michigan Avenue
  • 426-28 N. 35th Street
  • 846-50 N. 26th Street
  • Merrill Park tree border along 35th Street
Residents Needed for
NWS Resident Leadership Council

  
 
      


Near West Side  neighbors are strong neighbors, and we need you for the Resident Leadership Council as part of our work through Promoting Assets and Reducing Crime (PARC). The Resident Leadership Council will be comprised of committed residents from each of the seven neighborhoods who recognize the assets of the Near West Side and will work collectively to generate solutions to existing challenges. 

This council will include four representatives from each of the NWS neighborhoods: 
  • One (1) homeowner
  • One (1) renter
  • One (1) non-profit or social service representative 
  • One (1) neighborhood association representative 
There will also be two undergraduate and two graduate students from Marquette University on the council. 

If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the NWS Resident Leadership Council, please contact patrick.kennelly@marquette.edu.  
Neighborhood of Neighborhoods
Community Meetings
 
Harley-Davidson invites all members of the Near West Side community to the monthly Neighborhood of Neighborhoods Community Meeting, from 6:30 to 8 PM on the third Monday of each month, at the Harley-Davidson University Conference Center, Sixth Floor Auditorium. 

Each month's meeting features important community information on programming, events, safety notices and resident Q&A.
 
Those interested in being added to the Neighborhood of Neighborhoods Community Meeting invite list should contact kay.kelly@harley-davidson.com
2015 Near West Side Teal Out
 
Throughout the month of October, the Near West Side will participate in a "Teal Out" campaign as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Support across our neighborhood will serve as a public display of the community's commitment to ending domestic violence and sexual assault as part of our collective efforts to make the Near West Side an even better place to live, work and play. 

NWSP is asking employees, residents and businesses in the Near West Side to display a poster with an image of a teal ribbon, available for download here, in the windows of residences, businesses, public buildings, schools, hospitals, churches and other locations throughout the Near West Side. The back of the posters provides connections to resources and intervention strategies to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.  

The end of sexual assault and domestic violence is a critical goal of Near West Side Partners and Aurora Health Care, through the Better Together Fund. Together, let's raise awareness for this important issue in our community! 
Near West Side News

"Milwaukee officers commended for service; treated on Thank a Police Officer Day"
On a mission to thank Milwaukee's police force, community members, including Five O'Clock Steakhouse, organized visits and care packages for officers as part of Thank a Police Officer Day on September 19. 

 "Near West Side Business Improvement District Expansion Approved
 The expansion of the current Avenues West Business Improvement District (BID) #10, into a new, larger Near West Side BID #10, was approved by the Milwaukee Common Council. 

 "MillerCoors Celebrates 160 Years"
  MillerCoors employees and local dignitaries cheered and raised a glass, filled  with a special 1855 MillerCoors Lager, in a toast to MillerCoors' 160th anniversary. Miller Brewing was started 160 years ago by Frederick J. Miller when he came to the United States from Germany. 

 "Doors Open Milwaukee"
 Thousands of people fanned out across Milwaukee for the once-a-year entry into 175 buildings, from architectural jewels to engineering marvels and entertainment venues to one-of-a-kind homes. The Rave/Eagles Club was one of the highlights. 
Save The Date
  

Thursday, October 8: Avenues West Landlord Compact Meeting
1 PM @ The Villages 

Monday, October 19: Neighborhood of Neighborhoods Community Meeting
6:30 - 8 PM @ Harley-Davidson University Conference Center, 6th Floor


Tuesday, October 20: Marquette University Landlord Tenant Council
2 PM @ TBD

Wednesday, October 21: West End Landlord Compact Meeting

1:30 PM @ Our Savior's Lutheran Church

Wednesday, October 21: St. Paul Lutheran Church Community Night
6 - 7:30 PM @ St. Paul Lutheran Church 

Thursday, October 29: MPD Crime & Safety Meeting
6 PM @ MPD District 3 

Tuesday, November 10: NWSP CEO Symposium
Details TBD 

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