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: 

Thank you for an amazing 2018 Emerging Topics Series!ET series image

On October 18, we held our last Emerging Topics Series session for the year, Social Enterprises: Advancing Mission, Extending Impact, Strengthening Sustainability. Nearly 70 people joined us and heard from the amazingly inspirational Deanna Singh, (Flying Elephant, LLC). who provided guests with an introduction to the social enterprise model. A panel followed, highlighting local programs that are helping area organizations and individuals realize their dream of achieving a triple bottom line. Special thank you to the organizations who participated in the Table Talk portion of our event, and for sharing their experience with launching a social enterprise: Above The Clouds, Inc., ArtWorks for MilwaukeeHmong Wisconsin Chamber of CommerceLead2Change, Inc.Milwaukee HabitatWalnut Way, and WWBIC

A full recap will be posted soon, in the meantime, you can view pictures 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.

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


Save the Date! UEDA's annual fundraiser Carnival Milwaukee: Saturday, February 23, 2019.


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