MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (known as the MANDIs) celebrate the “good news” of successful efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and strengthen the community.
Sponsored by U.S. Bank, in partnership with LISC Milwaukee, the MANDIs recognize individuals, organizations, and corporations who are improving conditions in Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods.
“The MANDIs celebrate Milwaukee’s diverse neighborhoods and the many passionate, committed residents and their partners working together to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities,” said Leo Ries, Executive Director, LISC Milwaukee.
Finalists are selected from public nominations by a 40-member, independent, cross-sector volunteer committee. Winners will be announced at an Oscar-style gala on Wednesday, April 15th, at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, and featured through video vignettes.
Finalists are selected for five award categories. A sixth category, the “Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award” will be awarded to three finalists who receive the most public votes during the month of April.
The “Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award” recognizes a public space that helps build the community.
The “BMO Harris Cornerstone Award” recognizes an organization for their commitment and effectiveness over time. Finalists include:
The “Northern Trust Navigator Award” recognizes an individual for leadership and collaboration. Finalists include:
The “PNC Bank Trail Blazer Award” recognizes an innovative approach to a community problem.
The “State Farm Building Blocks Award” recognizes a real estate project that advances the community.
The announcement was made before 100 community leaders at Botana’s Restaurant located at 816 South 5th Street.