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: 

2018 Carnival MKE banner

YOU ARE INVITED! Join us at Carnival Milwaukee, UEDA's 10th annual fundraiser on Saturday, February 24, 2018.  Event and ticket information HERE!

Check out the Carnival Milwaukee Fact Sheet for a brief history of how this annual event started and who has participated over the past 10 years.

On November 6 nearly 60 guests joined us to celebrate UEDA's 20th anniversaryUEDA 20 Years of Photos with our dedicated members and partners. We looked back on UEDA’s work over the past two decades, shared our vision for the future, and acknowledged outgoing board members.

We recognized the City of Milwaukee as our Community Partner, and longtime member (and former staff!) Bethany Sanchez as our UEDA Volunteer. They stand out for their commitment to the community and support of UEDA's mission and we thank them! Check out pictures here

Thank you to our sponsors AT&T Wisconsin, Forward Community Investments, Johnson Bank andGoyke & Associates for supporting this event.

UEDA 16th Annual Summit a success!
Building Economic & Social Inclusion with the Disability Community was held on October 5 and worked to increase awareness around the connection between people with disabilities and poverty. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and attendees learned about and shared ways they can improve accessibility and foster an inclusive culture in their workplace, activities, programs and events.

A special THANK YOU to our Sponsors and Supporters, who provided important support for a successful event. Check out this brief recap and the program book, including links to the keynote presentation, a video"Financial inclusion: Voices from the Disability Community" and resources that were shared at the event. Look for a 2017 Summit Resources page to be posted soon, as well as a summary report. Learn about past UEDA Summits here.

March on Milwaukee Celebrates 50 YearsMOM 50th with 200 Nights of Freedom
This commemoration features public events throughout 200 consecutive nights that reflect upon, document and revive 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

Consider 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. Learn more


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