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: 

Join us on Wednesday, June 27 for:
Financial Empowerment for People with Disabilities
10:30am to 2:00pm at the Sojourner Family Peace Center, Milwaukee

In collaboration with the Milwaukee Alliance for Economic Inclusion and National Disability Institute, we are excited to invite you to this educational event. This session will serve as a follow-up to our 2017 Community Development Summit and as part of our Emerging Topics Series, will focus on strategies that strengthen the networks of those serving people with disabilities.

A panel of local, statewide and national agencies will discuss how practitioners can ensure that people with disabilities have access to mainstream financial services by highlighting existing loan and support service programs. Erin Waddell of the Louisville Office of Financial Empowerment will also share first-hand insights on how to build greater resilience and self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities and their families. The day will end with an interactive discussion focused on the needs and opportunities to increase the financial empowerment and resilience of people with disabilities. There is no cost to attend this session - REGISTER HERE

UEDA's first Emerging Topic Series Session a Success!
Building Wealth & Community Through Economic Development
was held Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 8:30am to 11:00am, and 54 attendees joined us for a thought-provoking event. We heard from local people & projects that are developing innovate strategies and tools that invest in people and place, through the framework of Community Wealth Building. View the session materials here (agenda, presenter bios & project descriptions), check out pictures here.


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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 in 2018 as we host three sessions, focused on shared learning, purposeful dialogue and collaboration. Save the date for our last session of 2018 series!
October 4 - Social Enterprise & Social Entrepreneurship


UEDA is excited to be participating in the Color of Law community book read being led by two of our members, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council and LISC Milwaukee (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). We will meet twice (July 18 & September 19) for a happy hour book discussion, and join everyone at the October 16th event with author Richard Rothstein.
Details and Registration HERE.

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

Carnival Milwaukee fundraiser a success!
Many thanks to the 285+ people who joined us on Saturday, February 24 at this year’s Carnival Milwaukee! It was another festive and lively event with 20+ local food vendors, live music by De La Buena and Samba da Vida MKE, dancing (WOW!) by Salsabrosa MKE and Panadanza Dance Company, and DJ Marcus Doucette spun some tunes. Because we party with a purpose we also recognized our friends at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee as the inaugural Carnival Milwaukee Bridge Builder for their efforts to honor diversity and connect people and places. We’ve posted a few pictures on the UEDA Facebook page – more to follow!

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

"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


UEDA Emerging Topics Series Session 2: June 27, 2018
Financial Planning & Inclusion for People with Disabilities

UEDA Annual Community Gathering: Mid-August

UEDA Emerging Topics Series Session 3: Early October
Social Enterprise & Social Entrpreneurship


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