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

Jaya Larsen Announcements, Employment, Events, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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 …

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 …

Congratulations to Common Wealth Board Member, Autumn Neugent, Ms. Wheelchair WI!

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On November 3rd Autumn Neugent, from Madison Wisconsin, was crowned as Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin 2019. The pageant was held in Plymouth Wisconsin. Autumn’s platform is ABILITY Awareness. Autumn will be representing Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin for the next year throughout the State. She will also be competing in the National Pageant representing Wisconsin this summer in Little Rock Arkansas. Following is the link to Autumn’s fund-raising page raising the necessary funds to attend the National Pageant as well as her numerous engagements throughout the state. Support here! Please contact the coordinator, Myranda Gereau, at coordinator.mswheelchairwi17@gmail.com or Autumn directly at mwwi2019@gmail.com if you have an event you would like to invite Autumn to attend. Autumn is also available for interviews and speaking …

Congratulations, Diane!

Karen Bednar Announcements, Housing, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Congratulations to Diane Eddings on her new position with the Bayview Foundation as their new Housing Manager! Please join us in celebrating this great opportunity for Diane to continue her service to Madison and Dane County. Bayview is going through a transition and is working through their options for their path forward.  There is no person that we know of who is better qualified to guide them through this period than Diane Eddings. Common Wealth Development is proud to have one of our own in this leadership position. In her 20 years of service to Common Wealth Development, Diane has worked in numerous roles within the company.  First, as a Youth Employment Counselor and Coordinator, then in many roles in …

Promoting Successful Rental Living: a Two-Way Street

Karen Bednar Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Project, Events, Housing, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Last Wednesday evening, renters and landlords gathered at the Meadowridge Library Community Room for a neighborhood forum for getting honest answers on successful renting, as well as a sponsored meal together and raffle drawings. The forum was designed and implemented by the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI), an initiative with the Madison Police Department and Common Wealth Development that supports community-level health approaches to city-wide violence prevention efforts, and includes bolstering community cohesion through positive neighborhood events. The event was led by Stephanie Bradley Wilson, the Byrne advisory team, and other committed volunteers. Housing Mangers of Common Wealth and Meridian Group Inc., served on the discussion panel and highlighted, “The best thing for the landlord is for you to stay.” …

Congratulations, Tyson Jackson!

Karen Bednar Announcements, Uncategorized, Youth Programs 2 Comments

Let us take this opportunity to congratulate Tyson Jackson on his new position with UW Health as their Senior Career Pathways Coordinator!! In this position, Tyson will be responsible for creating, coordinating, teaching and facilitating health career pathways programs and training that will aid in building UW Health’s future diverse clinical and non-clinical workforce.  This is going to be a high-vis position, and a great opportunity for Tyson to continue to showcase his tremendous talents and expertise in the service of the people of Madison and Dane County. Tyson came aboard Common Wealth in May 2013 as a Limited Term Employee, and became a full-time part of the Youth Programs’ staff in October of the same year.  During his time …

Common Wealth Congratulates Sarah Hole!

Karen Bednar Announcements, Business Incubators, Events, Uncategorized, Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood Leave a Comment

It is our honor and privilege to announce that Sarah Hole will be leaving Common Wealth Development, effective July 31, to enjoy her retirement. Over the past 22 years, Sarah has been instrumental in Common Wealth’s success as well as being an integral piece of Madison’s economy as the Facilities Director for Common Wealth’s two business incubators, Madison Enterprise Center and Main Street Industries. Prior to her arrival at Common Wealth, Sarah earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Earlham College and a MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Sarah joined the Common Wealth family on September 1, 1995, and has been an ambit of growth and development for our economic development efforts ever since. Through Sarah’s stewardship …

An Art Show by Women Artists comes to the Common Wealth Gallery

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On May 19-24, from 12 noon to 6PM, there will be a show by women artists on display in the Common Wealth Gallery. Additionally, an opening reception will be held from 6:00-9:00PM on May 19th.  The Common Wealth Gallery is a community art gallery located in the historic Madison Enterprise Center at 100 S. Baldwin Street on Madison’s near east-side. Learn more about our gallery at https://www.cwd.org/gallery/.    

Commonalities Event Series – Night Two: Youth Programs Focus

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Common Wealth Youth Programs has positively affected youth in the Greater Madison area since 1991. By providing employment training and job placements for program participants, Common Wealth has helped over 8,500 youth develop valuable employment skills, connect to employment opportunities, and benefit from quality mentoring relationships. To learn about Common Wealth’s Youth Programs, join us at Old Sugar Distillery from 5:00-7:00PM on Wednesday, May 17, for the second night in our Commonalities Event Series. At this free event you’ll get to learn about Common Wealth’s youth programs while mingling with Common Wealth staff, board members, and other great folks. There will be free food by Underground Food Collective and a cash bar including a signature cocktail (with $2 from each …