“The comprehensive effort and the level of partnership among private and public agencies are unprecedented in our community,” said Mick Hatch, partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, President of the Menomonee Valley Partners Board of Directors and past Frank Kirkpatrick Award recipient.
Bray leads Menomonee Valley Partners, a nonprofit organization that has been the driving force behind the revitalization of the Menomonee Valley. Since 2004, Bray has guided the transformation of the Valley, which is now recognized as a national model in economic development and environmental sustainability. Leinbach is the executive director of the Urban Ecology Center and a national leader in promoting community-based environmental education. Since 1998, Ken has developed the economically and environmentally sustainable community center, including the Neighborhood Environmental Education Project, the center’s award-winning urban education program. Bray and Leinbach have partnered their respective organizations to take on a comprehensive transformation in the Menomonee Valley. Together, they are heading Menomonee Valley – From the Ground Up, a collaborative effort of Menomonee Valley Partners, Urban Ecology Center, the State of Wisconsin and City of Milwaukee. The From the Ground Up effort is implementing $26 million in interconnected projects that weave the Menomonee Valley back into the community and add key assets essential to job accessibility, science education, public and environmental health and neighborhood vitality.