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: 

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Join us on Saturday, February 23, 2019
6pm to 10pm ~ Renaissance Place, Milwaukee

Ticket price includes access to all food, entertainment and limited parking.
$50 General Public | $45 CURRENT UEDA Member

Carnival Milwaukee is UEDA's annual fundraiser, which celebrates the culture and diversity of our community. Through locally produced ethnic food, music, art and dance, we aim to give attendees a deeper appreciation and understanding of Milwaukee's unique cultural mosaic. Read our latest e-mail, which includes details on this year's event, including new partnerships with Diverse Dining and Milwaukee Public Schools Vincent High School Culinary Program. And 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


Join us! UEDA's annual fundraiser Carnival Milwaukee: Saturday, February 23, 2019 ~ 6pm to 10pm at Renaissance Place, Milwaukee


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