Updates on Willy Street Fair 2020

Jaya Larsen Events, Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood, Willy Street Fair Leave a Comment

Willy Street Fair 2020 Cancelled Due to COVID-19 While we are not able to gather together, we can still remember the joy the fair brings. We are launching a commemorative package campaign for the fair that could not take place. We hope that the people who would usually attend the fair will purchase a commemorative package to celebrate the fair and support two incredible nonprofits. Each commemorative package includes: • A Willy Street Fair unisex t-shirt • A reusable canvas tote bag • A reusable facemask • A voucher for ice cream from the Chocolate Shoppe Additional packages items include a 6-pack beer sampler from 6 local breweries, and bottomless beer wristbands for the Willy Street Fair 2021. Finally, each …

Proceeds to Change

Rebekah Stephens Business Incubators 1 Comment

So many things have transpired in the world within the last couple of months. We are still deep in the middle of a global pandemic (COVID – 19) as well as a pandemic that has plagued our country for hundreds of years… RACISM! It is crazy to think that here we are in 2020 and we are STILL marching, protesting, painting and renaming streets, toppling statues of racist figures, and banning confederate flags… all in the name of eradicating racism. Many of us watched in horror and disbelief as an unarmed black man took his last breaths at the knee of a white police officer. George Floyd is the name that most people think of right away, but there are …

We are NOT okay with that

Justice Castaneda Uncategorized 1 Comment

Everything Common Wealth Development works to build in our community is affected by the continued perpetuation of violent systems of oppression. The truth is that all of the work we do, from advocating  for healthy housing, to fighting for equitable economic development, to working towards sustainable land use, is necessary because we live in an unjust and racist society. That is a daily reality for those of us who do this work, and while we are committed to the fight, we know the challenges will keep coming. The status quo guarantees that poor people will remain poor, white people (mostly men) will continue to hold power, and black people will continue to be persecuted, jailed, and murdered by the state. …

Portrait Project

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Stephanie Bradley Wilson Director of Health Equity and Violence Prevention, Common Wealth Development (2016 – Present) I serve as the Director of Health Equity & Violence Prevention managing the partnership of Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction grant.  This grant is a partnership with the Madison Police Department & City of Madison Community Development Division. I have enjoyed working with the staff of Common Wealth and being involved in the company’s efforts to stabilize neighborhoods through it various ventures of economic development, affordable housing, adult and youth workforce development.  It is a pleasure to work in collaboration with its many volunteers and interested people Michael Bruce Joining Forces for Families JFF is a core partner with Common Wealth’s work in …

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2019 Willy Street Fair Raffle

Karen Bednar Events, Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood, Willy Street Fair Leave a Comment

Common Wealth Development & Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center’s 2019 Willy Street Fair Raffle Drawing: Sunday, September 15 @ 6:30pm, Third Lake Market Lot, 944 Williamson St. Need not be present to win. Staff will call winners within a week of the fair. Tickets are 1 for $2 / 3 for $5 / 10 for $10. To get tickets: 1. Stop by the Common Wealth office, located at 1501 Williamson Street in Madison, between 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekdays. 2. Call 608.256.3527 x10 to arrange a different time to buy raffle tickets. 3. Stop by the booth at the Willy Street Fair, located near the 1000 block of Williamson Street the weekend of September 14-15, 2019. Here is a list …

Megan Diaz-Ricks Named Director of Economic Development at Common Wealth!

Karen Bednar Announcements, Business Incubators, Southwest Partnership, Youth Programs

On behalf of Common Wealth Development, we are honored, privileged, and excited to announce Megan Diaz-Ricks as the Director of Economic Development for Common Wealth Development. “I’m so grateful for this opportunity to support our mission and help to lead our team towards our vision for Madison.” In this role and impact, Megan will lead all aspects of our Economic Development work, including the general vision, program development and administrative and personnel oversight of our Youth and Adult Workforce Development Programs, our Business Incubators (Main Street Industries & Madison Enterprise Center) and our commercial development projects and portfolio. Megan previously served as a Coordination of Care Specialist, supporting Common Wealth’s work in West Madison in the areas of adult workforce …


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Common Wealth Development is seeking a motivated, energetic Housing Specialist to assist our team in the management of 146 affordable housing units on Madison’s east and west side.  This position involves marketing and leasing, administrative support, and tenant relations. Applicants should have strong administrative and organizational skills. This is a full-time position at 40 hours/week. Pay is $37,000-$42,000, depending on experience, with full benefits. Requirements: Excellent organization skills and attention to detail, ability to work in a fast-paced environment, ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines, handle multiple responsibilities at once, and work effectively both independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team Experience working with people from low-income homes and racially diverse backgrounds Ability to develop …


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2019 ATHENA nominee, Stephanie Bradley Wilson, currently serves as the Director of Health Equity and Violence Prevention at Common Wealth Development. In this position she oversees racial justice and health equity work, ranging from affordable housing, workforce development and community engagement. Prior to this Ms. Bradley Wilson was a member of the Madison Police Department for over 30 years holding several ranks from Officer to Lieutenant. She has been a driving force to help people overcome obstacles and realize their full potential. To learn more about Stephanie and the other nominees – plan to attend The Business Forum’s ATHENA Award Celebration on Tuesday March 12. To Register: https://www.thebusinessforum.org/event-3078725

Common Wealth Turns 40 Today!

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40 years ago today, a small group of residents came together to found Common Wealth Development. Created in part as a response to a commercial rehabilitation feasibility study in the Wil-Mar Neighborhood, one of our earliest goals was to “preserve the social diversity that has long been a hallmark through a thoughtful mix of economic revitalization and physical rehabilitation.” Over the years our program areas have grown, our portfolio has expanded, and our internal capacity has been polished into the amazing organization that we are today. We could never have gotten to this place without the dedication and commitment of the thousands of people who have been connected to Common Wealth as tenants, job-seekers, small businesses, staff, board members, volunteers, …

Congrats on this Next Chapter, Sydney!

Karen Bednar Announcements, Uncategorized, Youth Programs

“It definitely feels like a family here,” Sydney reflected. Sydney will be greatly missed as part of the Common Wealth Development crew. Her contributions to the organization over the past one and a half years as a Youth Employment Specialist were instrumental in supporting the Youth Workforce Development Programs during a time of tremendous transformation. Sydney facilitated five sessions of the Youth-Business Mentoring Program at East and Memorial high schools, mentored 60 youth in the Youth-Business Mentoring Program, and worked with 16 youth in the 2018 Wanda Fullmore Youth Internship program. The highlight of her work was witnessing “students’ happiness when they get a job,” an outcome that was a major focus of Sydney’s creativity and commitment. The Youth Business …