Community Improvement, Capacity Building

NORTHWEST SIDE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Milwaukee, WI

Mission

Vision: The NWSCDC will lead the transformation of the Northwest Side of Milwaukee into a preferred destination for businesses and residents. Mission: We exist on the Northwest Side to create jobs, build partnerships and strengthen communities. Core Values: Integrity - Consistency of Purpose Community - Bringing together financial, business and residential communities Leadership - Leveraging Partnership Catalyst - Agent for Economic and Community Change

Ruling Year

1984

Executive Director

Howard Snyder

Main Address

4201 N 27th St Century City Tower, 7th Floor

Milwaukee, WI 53216 USA

Keywords

community and economic development

EIN

39-1478014

 Number

2618814495

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Economic Development (S30)

Urban, Community (S31)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

NWSCDC works to address poverty and unemployment by going upstream to restore the flow of capital and community wealth through reinvestment and job creation. With partners, we are growing quality jobs accessible to neighborhood residents. The manufacturing landscape in Milwaukee and the nation has changed dramatically. But manufacturing jobs continue to generate neighborhood wealth, which supports retail and local business. We also work to make the neighborhoods more safe and beautiful in order to improve the climate for investment. The NWSCDC model for high-impact deals uniting multiple partners was profiled in 2011 by ProfitWise, the community development publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The publication states that NWSCDC’s new business model “has a measurable, positive economic impact on the northwest side of Milwaukee. Its experience and current approach may provide a model for other CDCs around the country.”

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Business Lending (CDFI) - Economic Development

Community Organizing

Green Infrastructure

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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Economic Development Goals - We are working to make six major business expansion loans, helping companies grow 500 new jobs. Community Organizing NSP Program Goals - To reduce crime in NSP Areas 1, 3 and 4 through door-to-door outreach, building community awareness, developing a strong block club network, supporting landlord training and the establishment of landlord compacts, and improving communication and cooperation with the Milwaukee Police Department and City officials. To improve the physical appearance of NSP Areas 1, 3 and 4 through nuisance abatement, resource sharing, resident education, and Community Improvement Projects in TIN and TID areas. To significantly increase the involvement of residents and businesses in NSP Areas 1, 3 and 4 by conducting door-to-door outreach, organizing meetings, and planning special events. To improve the quality of life for youth in NSP Areas 1, 3 and 4 through nuisance abatement, resource sharing, resident education, and Community Improvement Projects in TIN and TID areas. To coordinate neighborhood improvement efforts in NSP Areas 1, 3 and 4 planned by various city departments, community organizations, businesses, and other entities in order to maximize impact and avoid duplication of efforts. Green Infrastructure Goals: We are working to partner with MMSD and neighborhood stakeholders to promote healthy new green spaces through stormwater management investments.

NWSCDC works to ignite community investment and expand economic opportunity. Our three major program areas take a coordinated approach to addressing community issues and improving the climate for business investment and job creation. Economic Development - The NWSCDC model for high-impact deals uniting multiple partners was profiled in 2011 by ProfitWise, the community development publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The publication states that NWSCDC’s new business model “has a measurable, positive economic impact on the northwest side of Milwaukee. Its experience and current approach may provide a model for other CDCs around the country.” NWSCDC offers low-interest business loans with flexible terms, often paired with financing from banks or other lenders. We also work closely with workforce development programs to link companies to a pipeline of candidates to fill new jobs created. Community Organizing - Neighborhood Strategic Planning (NSP Areas 1, 3 & 4) - Through Neighborhood Strategic Planning, the NWSCDC partners with residents, schools, churches, businesses, elected officials, the Milwaukee Police District, the District Attorney’s Office, Community Prosecution Units, Community Partners, and surrounding NSP Coordinators to enhance the quality of life by improving safety. NWSCDC staff take a proactive approach by establishing and maintaining block clubs, block watches, creating compacts with landlords, organizing area cleanups, and working with the Targeted Investment Neighborhood (TIN) program. Green Infrastructure - Responding to historic flood events in 2008 and 2010, NWSCDC works with the City of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to promote stormwater management projects. Most of these projects are "green infrastructure," solutions which mimic natural stormwater processes of infiltration and evaporation. These projects open up new opportunity to engage neighborhood residents about the design of community green spaces and desired activities.

The Northwest Side Community Development Corporation (NWSCDC) has served the economic development needs of Milwaukee’s low-income communities since being founded in 1983. The NWSCDC has assisted with neighborhood strategic planning to improve safety, land use planning and development on the Northwest Side to spur retail growth, and numerous business and workforce development programs. Throughout our 35-year history, the NWSCDC has innovated and adapted to changes in the community and economic development landscape. The innovation, along with the continuity of management and a strong board of directors, has allowed the NWSCDC to thrive in the face of adversity. In the late 1990s, the NWSCDC board and management developed and began to implement a new business model for community economic development. The new model emphasizes leveraging partnerships and collaborating in business creation and real estate transactions. With this new model, the NWSCDC has pioneered efforts to partner with large businesses such as DRS Power and Controls Technologies and Jonco Industries. As a result of the new collaborative strategy, the NWSCDC has lent over $10 million to several major catalytic projects on the Northwest Side since 2000. These projects, which have created over 1,000 jobs, include the following: Helping to finance the second phase development at Midtown Center Assisting with financing of two Lena’s and one Kohl’s grocery store Creating the Milwaukee Technology Incubator Center within DRS Power Controls and Technologies Creating a third, smaller retail development plan with Lena’s at Midtown Center Financing the start-up of Nature Tech, a green technology employer focused on sustainable products Helping to finance the expansion of Diamond Precision into Milwaukee Assisting with financing the purchase of Century City Tower, the former Eaton Corporation headquarters The NWSCDC’s most recent real estate project is Villard Square, an $11 Million, mixed-use development that combines a Milwaukee Public Library branch with 47 units of mixed-income housing for “grand families” – family units where grandparents are serving as the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. Villard Square is a multi-faceted success story that encapsulates the mission of the NWSCDC. NWSCDC has expert staff, many with advanced degrees and decades of community development experience. Our staff has extensive experience in community-building work, finance, and other related fields.

NWSCDC measures both qualitative and quantitative results in our program areas. Our community and economic development programs work together in a comprehensive way to achieve community reinvestment. Economic Development and Business Lending - we track job creation, real estate development, business attraction, business loans (number and size), and other dollars leveraged. Community Organizing - we track the community needs as shared by residents. We engage in advocacy and capacity building to empower residents and stakeholders. We track number of resident contacts, number of community meetings, number of community cleanup events, and crime and safety statistics. Green Infrastructure - we track number and size of green infrastructure projects, measured by budget, by stormwater management capacity, and by area of green space. We also track beautification through public art, green landscaping and other improvements.

Economic Development and Business Lending - NWSCDC is a Certified CDFI that provides mid-sized business loans to firms located on the northwest side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The mission of the NWSCDC is to remake the northwest side of Milwaukee – once a booming industrial district surrounded by thriving middle-class neighborhoods – into a preferred destination for businesses and residents. NWSCDC has received numerous federal grants since 2000, and has used these funds to serve the economic development needs of Milwaukee’s low-income communities. These grants have supported our business lending capabilities to make over $10 million in loans, leveraging more than $35 million of public and private investment and created over 1,000 jobs in our service area since 2000. We are constantly seeking new deals to grow more jobs in our neighborhood. We are working with partners to guide the development of new Federal Opportunity Zones. The 30th Street Corridor area contains 11 census tracts which form a large part of the total Opportunity Zones in Milwaukee. Community Organizing - NWSCDC organizers partner with hundreds of residents and organize dozens of meetings and community events each year. In recent years NWSCDC Organizers have averaged 18+ community cleanup events, 48 other community events, 300+ new resident contacts, and over 2,800 residents engaged overall per year. Green Infrastructure - NWSCDC has worked closely with the MMSD to engage with community members for the design and implementation of three major new green stormwater retention sites. Two of three planned basins are currently complete. In 2018 we assisted ArtWorks for Milwaukee to install a set of murals for public art in the MMSD North Basin site. NWSCDC continues to work closely with MMSD on the future West Basin site and other potential green stormwater management locations in our immediate neighborhood. Additionally, we are spearheading the development of the new "Green Tech Station" project at 4101 N 31st Street, Milwaukee. This project will green a blighted contaminated site, installing multiple stormwater technologies to create an outdoor classroom and demonstration area for green technology. We have also engaged local schools to promote green improvements and incorporation green infrastructure and stormwater management in the curriculum. In 2018 we supported Samuel Clemens school to plant trees and install rain gardens, and develop a stormwater curriculum unit.

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Financials

NORTHWEST SIDE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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