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Scale Up Milwaukee launches effort to narrow wealth gap

Rising Tide will help minority business owners Scale Up Milwaukee is launching a new program called Rising Tide aimed at expanding opportunities, driving revenue growth and increasing wealth among minority business owners. SUM, a Greater Milwaukee Committee initiative, announced today it has received a $430,000 grant from the social justice-focused Surdna Foundation for Rising Tide, and last year got $175,000 from Surdna to pilot the program. According to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data, income gaps have persisted for decades across U.S. racial and ethnic groups. “In 2016, blacks at the 90th percentile of their distribution earned 68% as much as whites at their 90th percent

Improving Public Spaces Will Help Milwaukee Shine

Milwaukee’s public spaces—parks, plaza, streets and sidewalks—will get intensive use and scrutiny during the Democratic National Convention in July 2020. This public realm is a complex network that knits together a city and influences—intentionally or not—the impressions and feelings of people traversing it. Next year’s convention offers an opportunity to focus on improving, and perhaps expanding, Milwaukee’s public realm. Wise investments could pay off long after visiting throngs depart. It’s a truism that “all great cities have great public spaces.” Milwaukee boasts some exemplary ones—a lakefront with contiguous parks, the RiverWalk, new Milwaukee River Greenway and Oak Leaf Trail. Noneth

Brew City Match Revitalization Program Begins Accepting Small Business Loan Applications

An initiative focused on accelerating small business growth in neighborhoods surrounding downtown Milwaukee will begin accepting applications on June 10 for small business loans and technical support. A new website and additional information about the Brew City Match program was presented at a press event on June 3 at 1920 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. “Small businesses are going to play an integral role in the revitalization of Milwaukee’s historic commercial corridors,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “The generous investment from JP Morgan Chase will be leveraged with other private and public sources to help ensure that small businesses in our city are receiving the resources, assist

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