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Block Build to revitalize 30 Milwaukee homes

Revitalize Milwaukee reached out to over 200 community leaders in the fall of 2016 to submit a block for consideration of the 2017 Block Build MKE. The judging panel was impressed by the quality of submissions and narrowed the submissions down to four finalists: The Clark Square Neighborhood Initiative, The Near West Side Partners, Riverworks Development Corporation and Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers. Revitalize Milwaukee is thrilled to announce that Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative will be the 2017 recipient of the Block Build MKE which will take place on May 19-20, 2017. The selected area is on South 17th...

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Free culinary arts training for adults seeking livable wage jobs

SDC and HeartLove Place are expanding job training to address pressing needs in the community. The need for viable, livable wage jobs continues to be a critical issue for low-income residents in Milwaukee County which ranks among the top five cities in the nation with the highest poverty levels. The Social Development Commission (SDC) is working to address the need for job training by partnering with HeartLove Place, to offer the ProStart Culinary and Job Readiness Program. The culinary arts and food service portion of the program is accredited and modeled after the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation ProStart...

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Bublr Bikes contest challenges riders to stay active in February

Bublr Bikes “Challenge” to encourage Bublr biking as a way to stay in shape during the winter season. Bublr Bikes on Thursday announced its Bublr Winter Bike Challenge 2017, which encourages Milwaukee residents to keep biking and stay active over the winter with prizes to hardy riders who ride Bublr bikes during February. “Prove you’re a true Wisconsinite and a hardcore Milwaukeean by riding throughout February, and win some great prizes,” said James Davies, acting executive director of Bublr Bikes, a Milwaukee-based non-profit. Davies said that outdoor winter biking in Milwaukee is on the upswing, and that Bublr has...

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WisDOT upgrades real-time travel info with Waze mobile app

The Waze Connected Citizens Program aims to ease traffic congestion in Milwaukee and keep motorists better informed. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announced a data-sharing partnership with Waze, the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers. This is part of a next generation traveler information system that the department is launching in 2017. Designed as a free, two-way data share of publicly available traffic information, the Connected Citizens Program promotes greater efficiency, deeper insights and safer roads for citizens of Wisconsin. The program helps WisDOT get more information on real-time...

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Public space design selected for Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor

Harbor District, Inc. announced the winner of the Take Me to the River public space design contest on January 12, with plans to build the first phase of the winning design during the summer of 2017. The winning design team, Quorum Architects – Ayres Associates, created a compelling new plaza on Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor at the end of Greenfield Avenue, with views of the working port and downtown. “We are excited to be a part of the team that will create a place which truly invites the public into this amazing yet elusive part of the city. The Harbor...

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Phosphorus pollution remains problem for Milwaukee River Basin

On January 11, the Milwaukee Riverkeeper announced the release of its 6th Annual Milwaukee River Basin Report Card. Every year, Milwaukee Riverkeeper provides details about the health of the Milwaukee River Basin’s three rivers (the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic) with the help of an ever-growing group of engaged citizen scientists, university researchers, and partnerships with key government agencies. Overall, the Milwaukee River Basin received a C- in 2015, showing little variation from 2014, but still showing improvement from 2011’s overall D+ grade. While the best grade for a watershed was a B+ (Cedar Creek and the East & West...

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