Nicole Biederer

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Where do you work and what makes your role awesome?
I work at Aurora Health Care as the Human Resources Director for several of our corporate functions. I love my role at Aurora because I often feel challenged and I am given the freedom to try new things. If I’m unsuccessful at something that I’m working on, I still have the support of my leadership and team to try again.

How long have you lived in MKE & what brought you here?
I moved to Milwaukee in 2005 after I graduated from Sun Prairie High School, which is located right outside of Madison, WI. I came here because I wanted to get away for college, but still be close enough to run home if I ever needed to.

What do you love most about MKE?
I love living in a big city that has that small city feel to it. Milwaukee seems like such a large city when you first move here. The more time you spend in Milwaukee and the more people you meet, you realize that Milwaukee is a very well connected city. It’s almost as if there are six degrees of separation with everyone that you meet.

What is something that is missing from our community that you would love to see implemented?
I’m originally from Madison Wisconsin and I absolutely love attending Badger football games. That atmosphere that students, alumni, parents, and fans create is such a great experience. It would be so much fun if we had a D1 college football team here in Milwaukee.

What is one word that you would use to describe MKE?
Transformational

Where do you see MKE in 5 years?
Milwaukee has already changed so much in such a short period of time. With the construction of the street car, the Bucks arena, all of the lakefront changes and the updates to the grand avenue mall, there are so many incredible changes that will help grow the city. With more companies coming to Milwaukee, I see companies reaching top talent with diverse backgrounds and being able to generate excitement about Milwaukee. New people will bring new ideas and opportunities which is really exciting.

If you could create one thing in MKE, what would it be?
It would be great to see a few beer gardens in downtown Milwaukee. With the laid back and welcoming atmosphere, beer gardens make you feel like you’re having a drink in a friend’s backyard. I could definitely see my friends and I heading to a beer garden after work.

What local restaurant is at the top of your list?
The Swinging Door Exchange is one of my favorite local restaurants in Milwaukee. It is a small dive like restaurant and bar located on E. Michigan Street. It has some of the best food around. I would highly recommend stopping in if you haven’t already!

What is your biggest hope for this city?
I really hope that all areas of Milwaukee continue to grow and develop, particularly the areas that have been underutilized and under appreciated. The city as a whole brings so much culture and diversity which makes Milwaukee so interesting.

What is your favorite MKE tradition?
I’m really into the food scene. Milwaukee has become a city that really caters to foodies. My friends and I love to try different restaurants throughout the city, particularly steak restaurants.

What does your ideal MKE weekend look like?
Before the weekend starts, attending Jazz in the Park in Cathedral Square with a few friends after work is always a must. Once the weekend hits, I love to go to the Farmers Market in the square and have lunch at restaurant with an out door patio. I love to shop, so if I can, I try to get in some shopping at a few of the boutiques in the 3rd Ward.

What neighborhood do you live in and why do you love it?
My husband and I recently built a home in Merton Wisconsin. Merton is located west of Milwaukee between Pewaukee and Hartland. I love the neighborhood that we built in because when you’re at our home you feel like you’re in the country, but we’re only a 30 minute drive to downtown Milwaukee. Throughout the week I spend a lot of my time in the 5th Ward / Walkers Point where I work. There are a lot of coffee shops and ethnic restaurants that are really good.

What’s your favorite hidden gem or secret fact about the city?
It’s not really a secret fact, but the East Side is definitely a gem for Milwaukee. The East Side has such a cluster of different people, shops, restaurants and bars.

What do you think is going to be a game changer for the city in the year of 2017?
The continued development throughout the downtown / 5th ward areas and the interstate construction is a huge game changer right now and will be for years to come. We are becoming a city that people throughout the US want to visit for all of the great things we have to offer and the interstate construction will make it easier for people to come.