About the NWSCDC

NWSCDC Focus Area

NWSCDC Focus Area

The NWSCDC generally works with community members and employers within the City limits to the north, I-43 to the east, I-94 to the south, and the City limits on the west.

Our Mission

To enhance the standard of living on the northwest side by improving the business environment for our low-income communities through community economic development.

Our Vision

The northwest side of Milwaukee will be transformed into a preferred destination for businesses and residents. The Northwest Side Community Development Corporation will be recognized as the organization that leads that transformation.

Our History

The Northwest Side Community Development Corporation (NWSCDC) has served the economic development needs of Milwaukee’s low-income communities since being founded in 1983. The NWSCDC has assisted with neighborhood strategic planning to improve safety, land use planning and development on the Northwest Side to spur retail growth, and numerous business and workforce development programs.

Throughout our 34-year history, the NWSCDC has innovated and adapted to changes in the community and economic development landscape. The innovation, along with the continuity of management and a strong board of directors, has allowed the NWSCDC to thrive in the face of adversity. In the late 1990s, the NWSCDC board and management developed and began to implement a new business model for community economic development. The new model emphasizes leveraging partnerships and collaborating in business creation and real estate transactions. With this new model, the NWSCDC has pioneered efforts to partner with large businesses such as DRS Power and Controls Technologies and Jonco Industries.

As a result of the new collaborative strategy, the NWSCDC has lent over $6 million to several major catalytic projects on the Northwest Side since 2000.  These projects, which have created over 500 jobs, include the following:

  • Helping to finance the second phase development at Midtown Center
  • Assisting with financing of two Lena’s and one Kohl’s grocery store
  • Creating the Milwaukee Technology Incubator Center within DRS Power Controls and Technologies
  • Creating a third, smaller retail development plan with Lena’s at Midtown Center
  • Financing the start-up of Nature Tech, a green technology employer focused on sustainable products
  • Helping to finance the expansion of Diamond Precision into Milwaukee
  • Assisting with financing the purchase of Century City Tower, the former Eaton Corporation headquarters

The NWSCDC’s most recent real estate project is Villard Square, an $11 Million, mixed-use development that combines a Milwaukee Public Library branch with 47 units of mixed-income housing for “grand families” – family units where grandparents are serving as the primary caregivers for their grandchildren.  Villard Square is a multi-faceted success story that encapsulates the mission of the NWSCDC.

Want to work with the NWSCDC?

NWSCDC does not have any current staff openings.  Please check back in the future!

 NWSCDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No Person in the service of NWSCDC or person seeking admission to the service shall be appointed, promoted, demoted, removed or in any way favored or discriminated against because of race, sex, national origin, disability, or sexual preference, age , or because of his/her religious opinions or affiliations.

2014-2016 Strategic Plan

In 2013, the NWSCDC Board of Directors and management undertook strategic planning for subsequent three-year cycle. View the Action Plan Matrix — a summary of the organization’s goals — for the 2014-2016 Strategic Plan.

Board of Directors

Rebecca Mitich – President – Partner, Real Estate, Development, and Construction Group, Husch Blackwell

Charles Webb – Vice President – Area Manager and Vice President, CH2M Hill

Robin Van Harpen – Treasurer – Vice Chancellor of Finance & Administrative Affairs, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Kirsten Thompson – Secretary – Coordinator of Humanities and Special Collections, Milwaukee Public Library

Heather Baylor – Vice President for Commercial Banking, Park Bank

Felita Daniels-Ashley – Program Services Administrator, Milwaukee Metropolitan Fair Housing Council

Geoffrey Cooper – Director of Product Development, MGIC

Laci Coppins Robbins – Executive Director, Milwaukee Teacher Education Center

Ashanti Hamilton – Common Council President and 1st District Alderman, City of Milwaukee

Bernadette Karanja – Workforce Development Coordinator, City of Milwaukee

Yvonne McCaskill – Community Activist and Century City Neighborhood Compact

Karen Sands – Sustainability Manager, MMSD

Ronald A. Williamson – Past President – Information Security Officer, Medical College of Wisconsin

Howard Snyder – Executive Director, NWSCDC


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