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: 

2018 Carnival MKE banner

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 in the next few days!

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

America Saves Week - February 26 - March 3, 2018American Saves badge
This annual event brings together diverse nonprofit, government, academic, and business groups to encourage and support Americans to save effectively. Participants are able to access a wide range of resources, tips and more to help reach financial goals. It is coordinated by America Saves, a campaign managed by Consumer Federation of America, and the American Savings Education Council. Our local Wisconsin Saves partner is UEDA Member WWBIC.

How to Participate:
Take the America Saves pledge and make a commitment to save for an identified goal - they will help you stay on track!

Join as a Participating organization - help your clients sign up to be a saver, promote the week and more. America Saves Week provides you with resources such as flyers, posters, graphics, articles and content to share. 

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

March on Milwaukee Celebrates 50 YearsMOM 50th with 200 Nights of Freedom
This commemoration features public events throughout 200 consecutive nights that reflect upon, document and revive the original spirit of the marches. Honoring the original marchers’ efforts to bring about the Milwaukee that they hoped to see, 200 Nights of Freedom asks present day community members to participate in building the Milwaukee that all of us want to live in — one that is fair, collaborative, and racially just.

Their goal isn’t to start a movement, but rather to support, grow, and create connections across the vital work happening in Milwaukee. Volunteer-run committees drive the organizing efforts for 200 Nights of Freedom, and are a great way to get involved. Learn more HERE

Consider linking your events or hosting one to facilitate a wide range of inspiring and challenging dialogues, programs, and opportunities to engage with fellow Milwaukeeans. More information at http://200nightsoffreedom.org/

"Food As an Economic Development Tool" Feasibility Analysis results available: 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 will guide our work with the Food Enterprise Development Network (FEDN) in 2016 and 2017.  Check out out our Study Snapshot, Full Summary Report and Nonprofit Capacity Assessment Tool


Join us! Carnival Milwaukee 2018 will be on Saturday, February 24. Learn more


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