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 our growing team!
UEDA is seeking a Program Manager for the Take Root Milwaukee (TRM) program, which works to preserve and promote sustainable, diverse neighborhoods by encouraging and maintaining homeownership. This is a full-time position that will provide direction and oversight to all aspects of the TRM program, working with staff, the Resource & Oversight Committee, members and funders to expand the impact and recognition of TRM and its members in the broader community. View the position description here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with the goal of having the selected candidate start in early February 2019.

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Carnival Milwaukee will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Join us at UEDA's 11th annual fundraiser to celebrate the culture and diversity of Milwaukee. Ticket information coming soon. Check out our Carnival Milwaukee page for event background and links to pictures from last year.


Thank you for an amazing 2018 Emerging Topics Series!

ET series imageOn 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!  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.

"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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