Riverworks Newsletter - August 2020 Edition



Riverworks Newsletter - August 2020


Greeting Friends and Neighbors:


During these challenging COVID-19 times, Riverworks Development Corporation will continue to work hard at having a positive impact on the economic development landscape on this area. At this time, we are not having any in-person meetings or clients in the office; however, we do have an inside drop box for people to leave their information for staff. Riverworks' staff is currently working split-shifts in the office a number of days and remotely the other days. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their understanding and support in helping us continue to serve you in a safe and healthy way. Our staff is committed to providing the best possible service to help our neighbors, partners and clients. As always, we are here to assist your needs - no matter how big or small.


I am very optimistic about the rest of the year; we have so much more to do before the end of the year to impact this community and the people we serve in many positive ways. The Riverworks area has experienced good growth and some minor set-backs, but overall the organization continues to be at the forefront of providing quality services to businesses and residents. Riverworks continues to work hard at increasing community prosperity, building strong public and private partnerships, bringing positive developments to the area, and creating programs that provide residents with the necessary tools to be successful in the workplace.


REMEMBER, BUY LOCAL — Riverworks area is a great place to live, shop and to do business, let’s continue to promote and support our local businesses.


Darryl Johnson

Executive Director


Extraordinary Care from the Financial Clinic

Coming Soon...


The City of Milwaukee was selected by the national nonprofit organization the Cities For Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE) to receive $80,000 in grant funding, technical assistance and training to launch a new public Financial Navigator program.  Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Citi Foundation, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase support the CFE Fund’s Financial Navigators efforts.

The Financial Navigator program is designed to help residents deal with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing remote assistance in navigating critical financial issues and making referrals to other appropriate social services and resources.  The City of Milwaukee will offer these Financial Navigator services in partnership with Riverworks Financial Clinic starting in October.



2020 LOVE YOUR BLOCK Milwaukee Project
2020 LOVE YOUR BLOCK Milwaukee Project

Neighborhood News

Community Engagement Through a Pandemic


Community engagement has been challenging during COVID-19 with many activities being postponed or canceled. The events and activities that are still happening are taking many precautions to ensure all involved are safe.


The big Harambee Clean Up definitely has a new look this year. Being a collaborative effort between several organizations such as Westcare, Safe & Sound, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Running Rebels, 5 Points Neighborhood Association, Milwaukee Job Works, Historic King Drive BID, Northcott Neighborhood House, Operation Dream, Riverworks and various residents from the community, it was decided to focus on delivering clean up kits to residents for them to keep. Special thanks to Bader Philanthropies for their continued support. Interested in a clean- up a kit? Please text CLEAN UP to 414-250-8164, call 414-662-4254 or e-mail at harambeecleanup@westcare.com. Please follow MKE Harambee Clean on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


The LOVE YOUR BLOCK Milwaukee program, through the Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation, provides community members and organizations opportunities to engage residents in the revitalization of their neighborhood through mini grants on city owned vacant lots. Riverworks has been working with Ms. Josephine Key, and her neighbors on the 3100 block of Buffum, to activate a city lot into an inviting green space for the community. Garden beds, a pathway and benches have been installed with solar lights and a shade tree coming in the near future. Residents have been maintaining the garden and cutting the grass. Special thanks to Groundwork Milwaukee for their assistance.


The Riverwest Farmer’s Market is going strong as it going into its 10th week. Due to COVID-19 concerns it was moved to the 2700 N Pierce block in order to facilitate proper social distancing. Making sure the community still has access to fresh local produce while maintaining safety is paramount during this most troubling time. There are several farmers with a variety of produce, eggs/meat, bakery, prepared foods to go, along with a small selection of body products and other creative products. The Market is held each Sunday from 10-3pm through October 25th. Please visit riverwestmarket.com or follow Riverwest Gardeners Market on Facebook and Instagram.


If you have not filled out your Census form yet please visit 2020census.gov. The information collected helps determine congressional representation, and informs billions of dollars in federal funding for education, libraries, emergency services along with community infrastructure.



Music on the Beerline Flier - August 14, 2020

Arts, Culture, Creative Placemaking

Music on the Beerline - August 14, 2020


A virtual world won't stop the show. The 2nd Annual Music on the Beerline music series will be held Friday, August 14, 2020 from 6-8pm via Facebook. This year's show is two hours of jam-packed information and entertainment from some of Milwaukee's most amazing leaders and artists. We have Genesis Renji, Brit Nicole, Corey Pieper, Jade, Sista Strings, Zach Pietrini and Cigarette Break! You do not want to miss this! Join us and dance along.



THE VIBE on Holton & Concordia

The Buzz in THE VIBE

Surviving and Thriving Through it All


On June 1st, THE VIBE co-working office space reopened. Due to COVID-19, and some broken windows from vandalism that required the entire front to be boarded up, there have been some changes - but THE VIBE lives on!  The co-working space has continued to operate with reduced hours, existing members only, and only virtual events.  Nonetheless, THE VIBE continues strong because of the number of entrepreneurs and business people that connect with THE VIBE to continue to work hard on their business dreams! THE VIBE is happy to share that its effective partnerships with BIZSTARTS, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), WI Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC), and MKEBlack allow for entrepreneurs to truly survive and thrive during these very challenging economic times. THE VIBE provides a low-cost one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs that seek to start and grow their business. To catch THE VIBE, please visit our website, call, or email us.