Valley revitalization wins MANDI Award

The Valley was one of two finalists for the Chase Economic Development Award, a new category this year. The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDIs), presented by LISC Milwaukee and U.S. Bank, celebrate the “good news” of successful efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and strengthen the community.

From public nominations, a volunteer Selection Committee named 12 finalists in December, and winners were announced March 15 to an audience of 780 community leaders at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

Surrounded by 11 other inspiring projects and people, the Menomonee Valley was the first recipient of a new award, the Chase Economic Development Award, which recognizes outstanding projects that drive economic growth at the neighborhood level. 


Once an eyesore, the Valley has been transformed, becoming a national model in economic development and environmental sustainability.


The Valley’s revitalization over the last 18 years – 300 acres of revitalized brownfields, 47 new businesses, 5,000+ family-supporting jobs, 60 acres of parks and trails, 1 million square feet of sustainable development – is the result of so many in the community who have worked together to support this transformation – thank you for your role! 

View a video produced by LISC for the awards:

Congratulations to all the finalists, all of whom are doing important work in our community! It is inspiring to see people and organizations working to make the Milwaukee we all envision it to be. 

Read more about the event and awards here: