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Tuesday, October 10 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Building shared understanding in a public-private partnership: lessons from Milwaukee’s Near West Side Partners (30 mins)

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In 2014, five key anchor institutions and corporations – including Aurora Health Care/Sinai Hospital, Harley-Davidson, Marquette University, MillerCoors and Potawatomi Business Development Corporation – came together to form a non-profit, public-private partnership, the Near West Side Partners, Inc. (NWSP). Through collaborative efforts, the NWSP seeks to revitalize and sustain Milwaukee’s Near West Side as a thriving business and residential corridor, promoting economic development, improving housing, unifying neighborhood identity and branding, and providing greater safety for residents, students, visitors, and businesses.
The Promoting Assets Reducing Crime (PARC) initiative is a multi-year, community-based participatory research project of NWSP. PARC has two primary goals: (1) promoting assets to transform the negative perception of the neighborhood and (2) reducing crime to address the reality of the neighborhood's challenges. The PARC Team is a collaborative group comprised of academic researchers, students, residents, business improvement districts, anchor institutions, law enforcement, nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies. The PARC team gathers baseline data using a variety of methods including: resident and employer surveys; resident community engagement; commercial corridor, housing, and asset audits; and analysis of crime, violence, foreclosure, and real estate transaction data. This information is used to implement interventions addressing crime and problem properties, and to inform revitalization and engagement strategies.
Going in to year three of the PARC initiative, this presentation will focus on the evolution of collaborative leadership, governance, and administrative strategies and the challenges of designing effective communication and accountability systems that reflect the diverse interests and cultures of stakeholders.


Patrick Kennelly

Director, Center for Peacemaking, Marquette University

Amber Wichowsky

Associate Professor, Marquette University

Tuesday October 10, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
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