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: 

NCRC Reivest WI Summit

Join us! UEDA and 12 other co-conveners are working with NCRC to bring together community leaders, financial institutions, advocacy groups and public officials who want to close the homeownership gap, expand investment in underserved communities and combat the harmful effects of gentrification.

At the Summit, issues such as fair and affordable housing, home rehabilitation, entrepreneurship, challenges facing returning citizens, workforce development and new opportunities to invest in our community will be on the agenda. Register now to join us Monday, June 11, 2018 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. The summit will run from 9 am to 3 pm. We need you there!

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.

Save the date for our next two sessions of this series: On June 27, 2018 we will collaborate with the FDIC and National Disability Institute on Financial Empowerment & Inclusion for People with Disabilities, and in early October we will feature Social Enterprise & Social Entrepreneurship.

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.

Thank you to our Sponsors U.S. Bank, We Energies, Huntington Bank, Johnson Bank and the Greater Milwaukee Committee for supporting Emerging Topics!

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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