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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

MEDC ENTREPRENEUR Financing opportunities at Center Street Library October 26, 2016 - 1pm-3pm

Wednesday TALK - October 26, 2016

Center Street Library
2727 W. Center Street
Milwaukee, WI  53210

1pm - 3pm

rsvp your seat.
Free to public

Monday, October 24, 2016

MPA LLC brings USDA STRIKEFORCE and PROMISE ZONE concept-support to URBAN Milwaukee Census Tracts

We want dialog with FARMERS in and around Milwaukee County, Southeastern Wisconsin and members around GOOD Greens network to BUILD the present and the NEXT GENERATION in Agriculture - Horticulture (the branch of agriculture that deals with the art, science, technology, and business of growing plants)

October 24, 2016
MILWAUKEE | Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC continues to link campaigns and programs to All Hands on Deck, WE CAN.

"While I was browsing the web for information relative to URBAN innovative infra-structuring for FOOD SYSTEM growth at the census tract in the city of Milwaukee, I read and liked comments of Secretary of Agriculture  Tom Vilsak and felt immediately that co-ops and partnering support is a solid win concept.  I also noticed that Wisconsin was not on the rural list already", said Mary Glass, MPA LLC.

"HUD/Housing and Urban Development has been a solid trending of federal funding and resources.  However, the stakeholders have had the lion's share  of the funds used for pet projects of the mayor and common council.  To the point that the Neighborhood Strategic Planning has been "frozen into exile".  It will be one of the first Strike Force change for a real Promise Zone in Milwaukee. Therefore, the federal office of HUD must be a partner-catalyst for the self-sustaining partnerships from the census tract level".

MPO-Metropolitan Planning Organization 
We seek the office of Ken Yunker, Executive Director SEWRPC/Southeastern WI Regional Planning Commission and Wisconsin Department of Transportation to work more closely with the neighborhoods of Milwaukee for the footprint of the stakeholders for the Innovation desired in the largest urban city of Wisconsin.

Training the People, the stakeholders, is uppermost in the stewardship of MPA LLC to guaratee success of Infra-structuring for today's Food System growth.

MPA LLC through the Milwaukee Smart Grocer Network will support the purveyors/peddlers/foragers, any one that promotes the self sustaining of the food system and work to cultivate its success.
In 2014, the White House launched the Promise Zone Initiative to help hardworking communities succeed. Applicants provide concrete plans outlining how they will spur economic growth, improve educational opportunity, leverage private investment, create jobs and reduce crime in their communities. The Promise Zone designation creates a partnership in which Federal and local leaders work together to meet the specific needs of a community. Promise Zone communities receive a federal liaison assigned to help designees navigate federal programs, preferential consideration for certain competitive federal grant programs, and technical assistance from participating federal agencies. The Promise Zone designation is designed for a term of 10 years but may be extended as necessary.

Let's get EXCITED about the quality of life and economic development opportunities before us. 

We are asking our brothers and sisters in other areas  - through GoodGreens USDA Network (counties and states) - to share ideas and models that are working and used as direct incentives for participation, improve benefit redemption center, support strategies for to improve SNAP participants and ways to connect under-served stakeholders in Milwaukee with appropriate food groups.

Squawk Box with Belvedere, Schacknow and DiChristopher - October 24, 2016


Senior Producer
Senior Producer
Web and TV producer


U.S. stock futures were pointing to a higher open on Wall Street, following the first positive week in three and renewed M&A activity led by AT&T's (T) mega-deal to buy Time Warner (TWX). (CNBC) 

Long-depressed commodity prices are set to finally head higher due to expected infrastructure spending in emerging and more developed markets, and said Marc Faber, known as Dr. Doom for his usually pessimistic views. (CNBC)
When the next administration in Washington takes up the $85.4 billion deal between and Time Warner, the companies will probably face a much sterner test from regulators than Comcast's (CMCSA) purchase of NBCUniversal, which also owns CNBC. (NY Times) 

In a speech over the weekend, Donald Trump said he opposed the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger, vowing his administration would not approve the deal, because it would put "too much concentration of power in the hands of too few." (CNBC) 

LinkedIn's (LNKD) deal to be bought by Microsoft (MSFT) for $26 billion is getting more intense review from European Union regulators. Officials have sent questionnaires to competitors about the possible deal. (WSJ) 

TD Ameritrade (AMTD) this morning said it would buy privately held Scottrade Financial Services in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $4 billion. (Reuters)

B/E Aerospace (BEAV) will be bought by aircraft component maker Rockwell Collins (COL) for $62 per share in cash and stock. The value of the deal to buy the maker of aircraft interiors is worth $6.4 billion, not including assumption of debt. (Reuters) 

Facebook will begin allowing more explicit posts if they are "newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest," the social network said, following a series of controversies over deleted content. (Recode) 

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told "Meet the Press"Sunday: " We are behind," but added the Trump campaign was looking to sway undecided voters not ready to support Clinton. (NBC News) 

For the first time in decades, the wealthy are set to deliver a landslide victory for a Democratic presidential candidate, favoring Hillary Clintontwo-to-one over Trump. (CNBC) 


Uncertainty about the election has not stopped most businesses from rolling out expansion plans and hiring new workers. But about a third of them are having trouble filling open positions, according the latest NABE survey.

While there are no government economic reports due today, investors hope for clues on the economy from three Fed officials. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans, and Fed Gov. Jerome Powell all speak the trading day.

Roughly one third of the S&P 500 report their numbers this week. It's worth noting AT&T (T) had been set to report quarterly results this morning. But it issued them over the weekend with the Time Warner merger news.

Amazon (AMZN) saw its price target raised to $1,050 from $920 at Goldman Sachs, which maintains a "conviction buy" rating on the stock. Goldman cites both outperformance in Amazon's retailing operation as well as growth in the Amazon Web Services business. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

COMING - WEDNESDAY TALK w/DAVID LATONA, Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation

David Latona - President
Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation
2727 W. Center Street
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
1:00pm - 3:00pm

The Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation's mission is to aid businesses in the creation and retention of jobs. The Corporation uses its loan capital to provide business loans and assist in the financing of projects that achieve that objective.

For over forty years, MEDC has worked in partnership with area banks in order to provide low interest loans to Milwaukee businesses. Because of our commitment to continuous improvement, our loan fund has been able to grow to over $60 million, allowing us to annually increase the number of businesses we serve.

Our approach to lending has always revolved around two fundamental principles: Sharing risk with all participants in a project, and lending in partnership with private sector financial institutions.

We assess risk similarly to conventional lenders, but we lend out funds at a higher risk level to increase the feasibility of a project. With all of our loan programs, we support and assist minority- and woman-owned businesses.

We also work with the City of Milwaukee and the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM) in the development and environmental remediation of commercial and industrial properties.

The Corporation's activities are supervised by a Board of Directors consisting of Milwaukee area business men and women, as well as lenders, with our day-to-day governance delegated to the Board's Executive Committee. All loans are reviewed and approved by our Loan and Finance Committee, with land investments being reviewed and approved by the Land Resource Committee.


Milwaukee Smart Grocery Network
Milwaukee Smart Grocery Network looks at the importance of today's grocers investment in fresh foods from local farms and gardens for communication, education attainment, information technology and employment of the consumer for healthier neighborhoods in urban and rural locations.

The strategic planning and fingerprinting of the People is uppermost in the success of successful food markets, elimination of Food Deserts, chronic illnesses related to diet, preparation and inclusion of healthy food groups in all meals, entrepreneurial and gainful employment, training for all, as well as processing and distribution from land-to-fork and manufacturing-to-entree planning of meals in the public square.

Milwaukee has a large population of men, women and children, over a half million folk.

Food System is a growth industry.

Enduring concentrated poverty and impact on health wellness are two main reasons for positive change.

MSGN collaborations include the USDA Public Affairs Midwest office, America Heart Association, Milwaukee Public School - Clarke Street School and Milwaukee Area Technical College - Horticulture Mequon, Citizen Action of WI, Dawn to Dusk Forever Garden Group, Amazing Architecture, and Love Foundation Inc.

MSGN is a public policy service to create the URBAN OASIS  concept produced by Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

MPA LLC Welcomes District Strategist LUZ SOSA

Luz Sosa - Latino Outreach Organizer

Citizen Action of Wisconsin
M.S.A.E. Marquette University, B.A. Marquette University

Luz was born in Asuncion, the capital and largest city of Paraguay, in South America. 

She moved to the United States with her family when she was 16 years old. Even though she did not know how to speak English, through hard work, she successfully finished her last two years of high school at Whitefish Bay High School. 

In 2007, she graduated from Marquette University with double majors in Economics and Political Science, and earning two Master’s degrees. After graduation, Luz worked for NAMWOLF, a non-profit organization that helps minority and women’s law firms thrive and succeed. 

Luz also worked for Northwestern Mutual as a financial representative, and then as a general manager at Helios, a manufacturing company of solar panels. Although her private sector jobs were good experiences, she longed for an opportunity to positively influence students and, with that in mind, became an Economics instructor at the Milwaukee Technical College (MATC) where she still teaches to this day. 

A year ago, she started working for Citizen Action of Wisconsin where she is in charge of helping the Latino communities on issues regarding Health Care, Economic Equality, and Voting Rights. Luz is also very active in the community, giving her time and support wherever she can. 

She is a member and treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 212 (the union of MATC). She is also the executive vice-president the state union, AFT-Wisconsin and a board member of the Wisconsin Labor History Society. 

And, on top of all that she is the vice-president of Raise Wisconsin, an organization that champions the fight to raise the minimum wage for the working class. 

Last but not least, she is the proud mother of Maddox, who is now 4 years old.


District Strategists
A DS/District Strategist is a member of People Council of Milwaukee.  A self-appointed group of primarily Milwaukeeans from the 15 districts of the city of Milwaukee.

The People Council, a City-Wide 15 district membership, was created by MPA LLC to provide an "active", "hands-on" and"informative" voice of Milwaukeeans to represent and enhance the well-being of the CORE CONSTITUENTS of the city of Milwaukee.  

The group recently launched Milwaukee Smart Grocery Network.  CLICK.

They have an acute interest in the transparency and accountability of the African American Affairs Office for efficiency.

The People Council looks at, investigate and report on public policies for the advancement of  quality of lifeeconomic development, communication and self-sustainability.   

They are key reporters for the upcoming "City Hall Milwaukee Post".

The People's Council - a self-appointed group of commercial and residential stakeholders of Milwaukee - 15 districts - to provide the six (6) leads of the Capacity Building wheel.  They are:
  • Stewardship
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Citizenship
  • Fellowship
  • Partnership

Welcome Luz Sosa - District 14.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

MPA LLC looks at the women and men that are District Administrators for the City of Milwaukee

City of Milwaukee Common Council
The Milwaukee Common Council exercises all policy-making and legislative powers of the city, including the adoption of ordinances and resolutions, the approval of the city's annual budget, and the enactment of appropriation and tax levy ordinances. The council also has approval over the mayor's appointments of cabinet heads to direct day-to-day operations of city departments. In addition to their powers as legislators, council members serve as district administrators, responsible to the citizens in their districts for city services.
Milwaukee residents are encouraged to communicate with their elected officials in a variety of ways. The public is allowed to participate in the discussion of matters on the agenda at committee meetings of the council. Council members frequently host public Town Hall meetings in their districts and prepare and mail informative newsletters to constituents.
The president of the Common Council is elected by the council members at the beginning of the council's term and serves for four years. The president makes all appointments to the council's seven standing committees and many special committees, and presides over all meetings of the full council. He or she becomes acting mayor when the mayor is out of the city.
The seven standing committees of the Common Council are Community and Economic DevelopmentFinance & PersonnelJudiciary & LegislationLicensesPublic SafetyPublic Works, and Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development. In addition, there is a Steering & Rules Committee comprised of the Common Council President, who is the chair, and the standing committee chairs. This committee has jurisdiction over extraordinary matters not covered by the responsibility of any standing committee.
Community and Economic Development  -  Russell Stamper, Chair; Tony Zielinski, Vice Chair
Finance and Personnel  -  Milele Coggs, Chair; Chantia Lewis, Vice Chair
Judiciary and Legislation  -  Michael Murphy, Chair; Cavalier Johnson, Vice Chair
Licenses  -  Tony Zielinski, Chair; José Perez, Vice Chair
Public Safety  -  Robert Donovan, Chair; Mark Borkowski, Vice Chair
Public Works March Borkowski, Chair; Robert Bauman, Vice Chair
Steering and Rules Ashanti Hamilton, Chair; Milele Coggs, Vice Chair
Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development  -  James Bohl, Chair; Khalif Rainey, Vice Chair

MPA LLC MEET N GREET of Candidate Kashoua Kristy Yang for Judge, Branch 21 - SPRING 2017 @ SATURDAY TALK

Meet Candidate Kristy Yang @ Saturday Talk -
11:00am - 1:00pm
Center Street Library, 2727 W. Center Street
Kashoua Kristy Yang has just announced her candidacy for Circuit Court judge in Milwaukee County! 
Yang completed her JD from the University of Wisconsin School of Law and BA in Computer Science from Lakeland College. 
She believes in "justice for all" which is reflected in her deep commitment in public service. Among her many accolades, she was recently awarded the Association of Women Lawyers Pro Bono Award.
If elected this Spring 2017, Yang would be the first Hmong woman in USA history to be elected as a judge.
In solidarity we could help accelerate progress for our nation, communities, and in our homes. Supporting Yang for Judge would be a huge step forward for our community and country.
Let's make history, together.
To be a part of this movement there are volunteering opportunities.
Please email yangforjudge@gmail.com if you would like more information about volunteering.
Her official FACEBOOK campaign page just launched; please show support there as well. https://www.facebook.com/yangforjudge/

ABSENTEE VOTING in Milwaukee and Milwaukee County


MILWAUKEE - City and County site Early Voting started September 26, 2016 and it will go to November 5, 2016 - depending on your city's decision.

Early Absentee Voting is available at this time.  The sites are:
  • City of Milwaukee - 10am - 6pm (Mon-Fri)
  • City of Milwaukee - 12pm - 5pm (Sat & Sun)
    • Zeidler Municipal Building, 830 N. Market - 1st Floor
    • Midtown Center, 4170 N. 56th Street
    • Forest Home Library, 1432 W. Forest Home
  • City of Shorewood - 8am - 4:30pm
    • Village Hall, 3930 N. Murray Avenue
Early Voting for the other 17 Municipalities begins October 24, 2016.

CLICK For information, call
Milwaukee Election Commission -- 414.286.3491
Milwaukee County Election Commission -- 414.278.4060

Upcoming Elections

Fall General Election - November 8, 2016
Spring Primary - February 21, 2017
Spring Election - April 4, 2017

Monday, October 10, 2016

SATURDAY TALK W/Jim Owczarski - City Clerk of Milwaukee

Jim Owczarski - City Clerk
Guest Speaker - Saturday, October 15, 2016
The man and position behind the Common Council and Mayor for the business of the city.
Jim Owczarski has been Milwaukee’s City Clerk since April 2012. Before that, he served as Deputy City Clerk for six years after working in the City’s Legislative Reference Bureau.
He came to the city from the Milwaukee Journal and Journal/Sentinel, where he worked as a correspondent off the Metro desk, including a stint with the fondly-remembered "Neighbors" section.
Visitors to the Bristol Renaissance Faire – at least those of a certain age – will remember him as the villain in that show’s scripted scene; a role he played for eight years.
Center Street Library, 2727 W. Center Street, Milwaukee, WI  53210, 11:00am -1:00pm
Sponsor:  Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC

REMEMBERING MR. DON LEWIS - Young Jazz Cafe - Amani Neighborhood Leader

Hear. Here. Our neighbor businessman DON LEWIS, owner of Young Jazz Cafe is no longer with us.


Site Torched - About a year ago
We remember "Don Lewis", the man, the owner, the family man, and Musician.
We send our special cheer to the family during their deep hour of sadness.
We know not why this tragedy.
We sit stunned with a twinge of anger.
You were stopped short of your goal.

Know that we are thinking and praying for you and your family.
I remember my last visit for lunch and shooting the breeze.
Had not talked for a while - the sandwich and soda water was right to the spot. Very good.
Play your trumpet my friend and God's blessings.
Mary Glass


Monday, October 3, 2016

MPA LLC Creating dialog between grocers-curators

October 3, 2016

Monday Morning Sunshine Edition

Milwaukee Smart Grocery Network

An introduction to PHASE I ROUNDTABLE

Milwaukee Smart Grocery Network/MSGN is individual Curators of foods within the Urban City of Milwaukee, rural farms, and garden networks in southeastern Wisconsin.  

Our Mission is to help import healthy eating ideas and habits to families for more nutritional eating and healthier lifestyles.  We share state-of-the-art information for informed decision-making at the food-kitchen table that translates to better health, taste in foods, cultural-favored authenic foods, and sustainability.

The committed collaboration of interested individuals meets monthly and tri-monthly to fellowship in leadership while sharing healthy food groups for intake for healthy consumption and nutrition ecology – human health, the environment, society and the economy.

The word “curator” speaks to any individual, parent, daily manager, employee, distributor, grower, supplier and entrepreneur that create an array of marketplace foods for to be consumed by humans and the foods promote sustainability.  The foods may be donated, bargained and/or sold.

Special stakeholder attention is given to FAMILIES/PARENTS, Milwaukee Public School and Milwaukee Area Technical College (public schools), grocers, trendy/IT grocers (meal on wheels), culinary entrepreneurship and employee staffing (re-entry from incarceration and armed services), Text4Baby, American Heart Association and other health organizations, cultural groups and global heritage of color that make up the population of Urban Milwaukee.  Our doors are open to Dr. Wujie Zhang, MSOE, Fresh Farm Atlas of Southeastern Wisconsin and the United States Department of Agriculture/USDA GoodGreens Network and Know your Farmer services. 

Grocery Curators are individually and jointly owned.  They are not bound by a status of profit or no-profit.  They have today’s options of business structures.  They have volunteer ambassadors to professionally paid experts; and, crowdfunding for an efficiency of operation is a start-up option.  We encourage Information Technology for neighborhood stewardship and capacity building.  We will use Next Door social network for outreach to Milwaukeeans for Introduction circles at the neighborhood level.

Annual events are to depict seasonal and diversity of groups in authentic foods and its enjoyments.

Clarke Street School, 2816 W. Clarke Street, Milwaukee, WI  53210, Amani Neighborhood, has been selected to model our first middle school project of healthy foods, arts and crafts, introduction to farm and gardening - Horticulture.

Global Kitchen Food, Nature, Culture is a highlight taken from the America Museum of Natural History.  We will hold a “special showing” in 2017 during its visit to Milwaukee with artisans like Chef Ace Champion and Caterer Rita Willis.

Our creation – champions, collaborators, producers and developers are sought to assist in the creation of Urban Kitchen in Milwaukee.  It is a structural project with an industrial kitchen and suites for public promotion of canning and craft classes, special events, luncheons, GARDEN parties and Meet-n-Greet.

MSGN has its Phase I Roundtable set for two years (9/2016 thru 9/2018).

 Visit - Clarke Street School - September 20, 2016

L-R:  Rev. Marcus Hart, Marcus Hart Enterprises, Alan Shannon, USDA, Katie Cunningham, MPS & Principal Lena Patton

Left side:  Alan Shanon - USDA, Minister Marcus Hart - Hart Enterprises, Principal Lena Patton
Right side:  Mary Glass - MPA LLC, Katie Cunningham, Media - MPS
 Prior to the Program - Kick-off Introduction of Milwaukee Smart Grocery Network at Center Street School, 2727 W. Center Street, Milwaukee, WI, there were two other events.  They were:

  • Visit to Clarke Street School
  • Dialog about Food Stamps w/Alan Shannon, USDA

L-R:  Minister Marcus Hart - Marcus Hart Enterprises, Alan Shannon, Guest Speaker - USDA, Tony Snell - guest and Dr. Wujie Zhang, MSOE, guest

September 20, 2016
KICK OFF Introduction of Milwaukee Smart Grocery Network 
Center Street Library, 2727 W.Center, Milwaukee, WI  53210

October 1, 2016