Welcome to UEDA
UEDA is a 501(c)(3) membership association 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: 

Social Enterprises: Advancing Mission, Extending Impact,
Strengthening Sustainability

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While the social enterprise model is not new, it has garnered more interest and attention from multiple sectors in recent years. The last session of our Emerging Topics series in 2018 will feature keynote speaker Deanna Singh of Flying Elephant LLC, and a panel of local institutions offering training and support to those interested in exploring social enterprises. Attendees will learn about what it looks like to operate a successful social enterprise. This event is free for current UEDA Members; registration fee for non-members is $20.

Note pre-registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome.
Event information here>>

Learn about past Emerging Topics sessions "Financial Empowerment for People with Disabilities" (June 27) and "Building Wealth & Community Through Economic Development" (May 9) by visiting our Events page (scroll down to Past Events). You'll find links to event recaps, presentations, resources and more.


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In 2017 UEDA's Board & Staff decided to launch this series to provide more frequent & intentional opportunities for our members and partners to connect, learn new ideas, and lift up the work and best practices in the sector. Join us for sessions focused on shared learning, purposeful dialogue and collaboration.

October 24: Building Movement Project Event
"Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap"
Two sessions will be held focused on a recent report by the Building Movement Project on the nonprofit racial leadership gap, and service and social change. These thought-provoking, energy-charged sessions will offer concrete actions leaders can take to bridge the divide and embrace the systems, culture and behavior changes that align with the values of diversity, inclusion and equity.
Registration is now open>>

UEDA 2017 Impact Report Now Available!
Take a look and see what we were up to in 2017! Highlights include distribution of Money Smart Week Milwaukee Resource Guides to the public, the formation of the Financial Equity Group, a 48% increase in the number of homeownership professionals engaged in Take Root Milwaukee, partnerships with Small Business Affinity Group, Marshaling Our Resources and Launch MKE, and continued growth of our membership network. View Here

"Food As an Economic Development Tool" Feasibility Analysis: 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 report has guided our continuing work with the Food Enterprise Development Network (FEDN). Check out out our Study Snapshot, Full Summary Report and Nonprofit Capacity Assessment Tool


October 18: UEDA Emerging Topics Series Session 3
Social Enterprises  Learn More

October 14: Building Movement Project: Race to Lead
and Service & Social Change  Learn More


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