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The CORE CONSTITUENTS must be at the table with their mind, fingerprint and body print to create necessary vibrancy in their quality of life and economic development plans for present and long-term neighborhood strategic planning that will spur INFRASTRUCTURE development that recognize and promote classes of EMPLOYED hidden talent-skills and kick-off vetted businesses present at the neighborhood level. Urbanism innovation that will assist in the creation of a NEW Milwaukee Bucks stadium while simultaneously embedding economic wherewithal to its INFRASTRUCTURE that will help REMOVE Enduring Concentrated Poverty.
The "Return on Investment"/ROI must be first and foremost for the CORE CONSTITUENTS especially African American, other People of Color and the Work Challenged - the majority of the demographics of the city of Milwaukee. They are the ones that have been disenfranchised with developments like this.
Yet, they are the ones that are signing on the dotted line to "fold-in" and provide the guarantee of the mortgage for the decades of support to create the Milwaukee Bucks stadium, the city namesake Milwaukee, prime real estate - 25 acres, use of tax credits, federal funding, and inherent city resources from the city coffers at a time when the city suffers from Enduring Concentrated Poverty, major disparities and the absence of "HOPE".
Removal of Enduring Concentrated Poverty, housing, education/information attainment, transportation, employment, well-rounded safety and the EXCITEMENT of HOPE are huge ROIs.
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This is an opportunity for investment that can first and foremost re-define, re-brand and UN-TRAP Milwaukeeans and the city of Milwaukee, the gateway to Wisconsin. This is an opportunity for iconic value that brings to the foreground African Americans and other People of Color to the table for historic embedding for cultural strengthening.
This can not just be about the Milwaukee Bucks, a NBA team, and billionaire owners with their dreams at our expense. If we are to be partners then let's talk about what we are paying for, investing in, and what benefits we want from the wholesale investment. We are NOT seeing that from local and state representatives statesmanship. That's unacceptable.
Value-added: This opportunity has a WinWinWin component.
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In fact, "BLANK CHECKS" are a NO-NO. Experience has shown widespread EXCLUSION of African Americans and People of Color at the table of design, authority and implementation.
Therefore, any efforts of this kind automatically triggers CEASE-and-DESIST of CORE CONSTITUENTS' city coffers, all funds that enter the coffers, removal from office and all out demonizing of those who fail to adhere to and respect the People with GOOD FAITH bargaining for and with the CORE CONSTITUENTS that systematically and infrastructurally REMOVE Enduring Concentrated Poverty at the neighborhood level caused by:
- lack of family-supporting and capacity-building employment of the here and now
- affordable and varied housing
- education tied to the marketplace
- education attainment that "links"/includes IT/information technology (neighborhoods, homes and businesses)
- re-entry opportunities for those returning from incarceration and war
- health and wellness connectivity
- recreation and entertainment centers that reflect culture diversity of Milwaukeeans
- land use and environment principles
- financial resources tied to development for neighborhoods
- community prevention and intervention safety (includes community policing and homeland security)
- transportation that first meet the needs of Milwaukeeans and then tourists trade
- solidarity of the people (babies-youth-young adults-millennials/born frees, adults, seniors and senior-seniors ) for growth acumen
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|L-R: Ken Little - DCD Strategic Corridor Manager, Mary Glass - MPA LLC, Jennifer Potts - Bid #39 and Jacob Gatlin - Outreach Director - Dominican Center|
|L-R: Commissioner James Miner - Assessment, Josette Paige - Business and Property Owner and Mary Glass - MPA LLC|
We demand a mixture of outside and homegrown human capital that look like and represent CORE CONSTITUENTS at ALL levels of design, engineering, development, construction, build-out opportunities, investments, and day-to-day life-styling for INCLUSION of Milwaukeeans, investors AND the tourists. Where there are none, create apprenticeship and mentorship in the embodiment for the original and final billion dollar project plans.
It can not just be about tourism in downtown Milwaukee. Tourism should be aimed at entertainment and retail nodes in all the business districts of Milwaukee. And, there are none, they are created with this project.
It can not be for the haves while the have-nots get stuck paying for the tab/ride as with the February Milwaukee Streetcar. It can not be bait-n-switch when announcing the advent of jobs. Specificity of types of jobs, types of careers, connectivity projects from the building of the Bucks stadium to the ancillary ventures and other joint-ventures from the Bucks projects.
It can not be just a Caucasian development. It MUST utilize the talent at the neighborhood level - bring forth apprenticeship, mentorship and ownership with African American and People of Color engineers, developers, staffers and innovators. We must use those already trained and NO place to work. Use of talent from MPS, MATC, technical schools, UW-M and other Colleges with hidden People of Color talent.
It can not be just MMAC/Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce members, Marquette, MSOE running the show. It MUST BE with the rank and file and the administrators with design talent plus history in the city. We MUST see the finger, mind and body print - DNA of the present Milwaukeeans through verbal, written input and action engagements of Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC, other business associations, business districts, neighborhood districts, my brothers keeper and neighborhood strategic planning groups.
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There should be specificity and proposed agreement for present and long-term benefits for the People of Milwaukee. Yes. If the governor and legislators seek to "fold" in our neighbors across the state, other Wisconsinites; they need to know expectations for buy-in. However, the bus/buck stops with the CORE CONSTITUENTS of the City of Milwaukee.
|BOTTOM L-R: Chris Abele - Milwaukee County Executive, Scott Walker - Governor and Tom Barrett- Mayor, Milwaukee|
- Tom Barrett, mayor
- Bob Bauman - District 4 - Milwaukee
- Tom Sheehy/MMAC
- Chris Abele, County Executive
- Scott Walker Governor
- Rep. John Nygren
- State Secretary of Revenue Richard Chandler
- Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald
- Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke
- Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.
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L-R: Rena & MC Lewis - Peoples Lounge, Nancy Blalock - Breeze's, Citizen, Mary Glass - MPA-LLC, Cleo Ford and MC Cole - Hammer's Den, Ivory Elim - Elim's Lounge
|Scott Walker - Governor of Wisconsin|
Milwaukee was listed as the 11th Poorest City in America by Money Watch, February 18, 2015 CLICK
Look at the photo of the city but, look at the stats. We must do better.
- Percentage of incomes under $25,000: 36.5%
- Percentage of population with bachelor's degree: 22.1%
- Percentage of incomes over $150,000: 3.0% (#33)
- Total population: 596,459
|Wisconsin - Milwaukee has the highest Incarceration Rate|
Why are we NOT maximizing this GIANT opportunity? Why?
It is NOT a sign of best practices, Code of Conduct, social responsibility, and Good Manners.
This is a special time.
This is a giant opportunity for engagement.
At least once a month, speakers provide information for informed decision making. It includes strategic planning relative to SEWRPC/Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission Vision 2050 for urban Milwaukee.
Recently, there was a panel consisting of 4-5 businesses at the BMO site to address some general business thoughts relating to the acquisition and construction of the NEW Milwaukee Bucks Stadium and its projected ancillary land grab in the Park East corridor. However, it did not give a transparent, INCLUSION, accountability, OWNERSHIP, LEADERSHIP, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, APPRENTICESHIP, MENTORSHIP, SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, CITIZENSHIP, and STEWARDSHIP component as MPA LLC subscribes to. MPA LLC seeks a plural pronoun "WE" for ALL Hands on Deck.
We, the People welcome the opportunity of dialog, exchange, planning, negotiation, design and partnering.