Urban League of Greater Madison Receives $ 400,000 Grant for Future Black Business Hub Tenants | Local News
On Friday, press conference attendees got a glimpse of what the building might look like.
The design includes a two-story entrance atrium, space for primary tenants and a restaurant, fourth-floor community room, coworking space and other features, said Rafeeq Asad, director of development for the team and vice-president at JLA Architects.
Asad, who is the lead co-designer on the project, said the hub’s appearance is inspired by “black aesthetics” or design principles “indicative of black culture,” such as angularity, boldness of colors, interior-exterior connections, and certain rhythms and patterns.
“We knew what this project is and what it was for and we wanted the architecture to support it,” said Asad.
In addition to the WEDC grant, the Urban League also announced on Friday another state grant – $ 185,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development – to support its professional training program with Exact Sciences to prepare participants. to potential jobs at the growing Madison-based medical diagnostics company. .
Anthony said the accelerator fund and the training partnership are “key to eliminating dramatic racial wealth disparities” in Dane County.