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Satisfy My Soul: Isaac Wells and his journey from homeless shelters to top national honors

Isaac Wells never knew his father, and his loving mother suffers from the debilitating affects of schizophrenia. That condition left him without a stable location to call home for periods of his youth. But Isaac graduated with honors on May 22 from Ronald Reagan High School. The Milwaukee native was also recently named a 2019 Presidential Scholar, only one of 161 in the country to be awarded the honor. The United States Presidential Scholars program is administrated by the Department of Education, described as “one of the Nation’s highest honors for students.” The program was established in 1964 by...

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Development of Adams Garden Park builds on Lindsay Heights status as environmental business hub

Sharon and Larry Adams hosted a celebration to mark the start of construction for Adams Garden Park on May 23. Located at 1836 W. Fond du Lac Avenue the new development showcased several local environmental organizations that will be tenant partners in the Adams Garden Park. The $1 million redevelopment project will renovate a full-block assemblage of parcels, including a currently vacant commercial building, and create a vibrant environmental hub for organizations promoting clean air, pure water, healthy land and green jobs in Milwaukee. Tenant partners will include the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium, Milwaukee Water Commons, Wisconsin Conservation Voters, and...

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Exhibit based on Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Evicted” to display in Milwaukee

Inspired by Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, the “Evicted” exhibition will bring visitors into the world of low-income renter eviction during its Milwaukee display from June 14 through September 30. The exhibition was designed to challenge visitors to face the enormity of one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems, while providing context for the crisis and a call to action. It will debut at the Mobile Design Box in the Near West Side at 753 North 27th Street, the first stop on a national tour that will visit 10 cities. Previously on display in Washington DC at the National...

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Economic Engine: Metro Milwaukee fuels revenue growth for Wisconsin’s tourism industry

VISIT Milwaukee released final statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism indicating strong growth in the tourism market for 2018 on May 6. The data shows that the Greater Milwaukee area continues to be the state’s largest tourism market, accounting for 26 percent of total tourism economic impact to the state. The figures are estimates from The Economic Impact of Tourism in Wisconsin, an annual tourism impact study commissioned by the state and conducted by Tourism Economics and released by Travel Wisconsin in early May to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week. “These numbers indicate continued strong growth for...

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New home of MKE Urban Stables to combine mounted police with equine-assisted therapy

The MKE Urban Stables broke ground after 4 years of work by a coalition of civic and law enforcement leaders on a unique 30,000-square-foot facility, with the goal of strengthen the community through service, care, and healing. The MKE Urban Stables will be built at 143 E. Lincoln Avenue, on a four-acre site provided by the City through the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM). The Stables will serve as the permanent home to the Milwaukee Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit. “The MKE Urban Stables is the result of an exceptional partnership. Our mounted patrol gets a...

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Joaquin Altoro appointed as Executive Director of WHEDA to sustain state’s affordable housing

Governor Tony Evers announced his appointment of Joaquin Altoro to serve as executive director of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) on May 14. The Milwaukee native currently serves as vice president of commercial banking for Town Bank. WHEDA is a state agency known for lending to support homebuyers and administering a tax credit program that developers use to build affordable housing. “With his background in commercial lending and community development, coupled with his track record of fostering effective, successful public-private partnerships, Mr. Altoro is a great fit to ensure the ongoing success of the Wisconsin Housing...

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