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: 

At this time of uncertainty, we thought it important to share resources that we are aware of related to small businesses, individual health and safety, support for nonprofit organizations, and opportunities for engagement and education.

Access UEDA'S Covid-19 Resource Document and check back often. It includes resources for Small Businesses & Employers, Individuals & Families, and Community Organizations. Feel free to share widely! We plan to update it as new resources become available or as opportunities become obsolete. If you have something you feel should be added, please reach out to Jessica Wetzel, our Communications & Membership Director via our Contact Form.

This list of Support & Resources for Small and Micro Businesses During COVID-19 was also developed in partnership with UEDA Member P3 Development Group and other community partners. Again, please feel free to share with your networks!

Please note UEDA's offices are closed as per current State of Wisconsin DHS and CDC guidelines. We are working from home and email is the best way to reach staff during this time. Be safe and be well UEDA Community!

Provide Your Feedback on VISION 2050 by April 8! SEWRPC logo
Vision 2050 is the region's land use and public transportation plan. Every four years SEWRPC conducts a review and update of the plan, to examine whether remains reasonable for the recommendations in VISION 2050 to be accomplished over the next 30 years given available and anticipated funding.

Virtual Public Meetings: Register for one of two virtual meetings where staff will give a presentation and answer questions. First: March 31 from 12PM-1PM Second: April 1 from 5PM-6PM YouTube Video Presentation Watch a recording of the presentation that was given at virtual meetings.
SUBMIT FEEDBACK BY APRIL 8 one of three ways:
Online Survey - Answer a series of questions through an online survey.
Contact SEWRPC Directly - Email vision2050@sewrpc.org or call Eric Lynde (262.953.3222) or Liz Callin (262.953.3214)
Traditional Feedback Methods - Submit comments via online comment form, or via email, mail, or fax. Contact information available at vision2050sewis.org

A BIG THANK YOU!Carnival 2020 banner logo

On Saturday, February 29 340+ guests joined us at our 12th annual Carnival Milwaukee fundraiser and enjoyed the food, music, dancing and fun. 2020 was our best Carnival Milwaukee yet! Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Associated Bank, and the other 21 businesses and organizations that supported this year's event.

View pictures from our photo booth, courtesy of Pixelbooth HERE and make sure to check out the restaurants and caterers we featured - they are businesses that make Milwaukee economically vibrant!
Find a full list of sponsors & food vendors at www.CarnivalMilwaukee.com and save the date for February 27, 2021 for the 13th annaul Carnival Milwaukee!

Diverse Dining 2019 Partnership a Success!
New Food + New People + New Experience = Transformation
Thank you to the 130+ people who joined us at four partnership community meals in 2019 at local restaurants who supported our annual fundraiser, Carnival Milwaukee. We featured topics and shared experiences that foster compassion and increase understanding about the people and places that make our community vibrant, all while supporting local businesses. Special thanks to our series sponsors, MKE United and Northwestern Mutual Foundation!Diverse Dining logo

Diverse Dining offers unique cultural dining experiences that help you learn more about the attitudes, beliefs and customs of different people. Each event includes a special menu with resturant features, a guest facilitator and special activities exclusive to Diverse Dining guests.

"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


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