Welcome to UEDA
UEDA is a 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to facilitating effective, cross-sector collaboration, meaningful connections, and strengthening individual and organizational capacity in Wisconsin’s community and economic development sector.

Incorporated in 1997, we focus on and advocate for community investment, sustainable homeownership and housing, regional transportation, small business growth, financial empowerment and the local food economy.

We invite you to learn more about What We Do, the benefits of becoming a Member of UEDA and see the latest news from the UEDA Community.

This week in the UEDA Community: 

Registration NOW OPEN for the UEDA SUMMIT!
Building Economic & Social Inclusion with the Disability Community
Thursday, October 5 at The Grace Center from 8:00am to 1:30pm
Individual Tickets: $50 * Current UEDA Members: $40

This year’s Summit will feature keynote speaker Michael Morris from the National Disability Institute, a "best practices" panel featuring collaboration and independence strategies in the workplace, a structured networking session with local organizations and resources, and table discussion for shared learning. Look for more details in the coming weeks!

This year's topic allows UEDA to connect a number of the important issues we focus on every day to strengthen neighborhoods, spur entrepreneurship, invest in underserved communities and make important workforce connections.

Register here and learn about past UEDA Summits here.

March on Milwaukee Celebrates 50 YearsMOM 50th
This commemoration recognizes the courage, perseverance, and ingenuity of those who marched for racial justice in Milwaukee, taking inspiration from their grassroots efforts to reignite a spirit of collectivity and activism.

200 Nights of Freedom will be the central program, kicking off on August 28, 2017. The initiative will feature public events throughout 200 consecutive nights, reflecting upon, documenting, and reviving the original spirit of the marches. Honoring the original marchers’ efforts to bring about the Milwaukee that they hoped to see, 200 Nights of Freedom asks present day community members to participate in building the Milwaukee that all of us want to live in — one that is fair, collaborative, and racially just.

Their goal isn’t to start a movement, but rather to support, grow, and create connections across the vital work happening in Milwaukee. Volunteer-run committees drive the organizing efforts for 200 Nights of Freedom, and are a great way to get involved. Learn more HERE

Considering linking your events or hosting one to facilitate a wide range of inspiring and challenging dialogues, programs, and opportunities to engage with fellow Milwaukeeans. More information at http://200nightsoffreedom.org/

UEDA 2016 Impact Report
Take a look and see what we were up to in 2016! Highlights include distribution of Money Smart Week Milwaukee Resource Guides to the public, a 49% increase in the number of homeownership professionals engaged in Take Root Milwaukee, partnerships with MCFI's Black Male Advisory Board and the Alliance for Economic Inclusion and continued growth of our membership network. View Here

"Food As an Economic Development Tool" Feasibility Analysis results available: In 2014-15, UEDA worked with consulant Karen Fulbright-Anderson as part of a USDA-funded project to explore how nonprofit and for-profit organizations were incorporating the food sector in economic & workforce development activities. One key finding is that there is no real infrastructure in place that connects these various activities to other technical assistance resources available in the local food and small business sectors. This will guide our work with the Food Enterprise Development Network (FEDN) in 2016 and 2017.  Check out out our Study Snapshot, Full Summary Report and Nonprofit Capacity Assessment Tool


Save the Date! Carnival Milwaukee 2018 will be on Saturday, February 24.


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