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: 

You're Invited! UEDA Annual Community Gathering
Tuesday, August 20 from 5-7pm

This annual networking events invites our members, partners, board and staff to mix and mingle. Help us recognize our Extraordinary Community Partner and Outstanding UEDA Volunteer, and meet our two new staff members and current Board of Directors. Learn more out UEDA's projects and programs, and bring a colleague to introduce to the UEDA Network! Register here

Johnson Financial Group     Goyke & Associates     Sanders Super Bowl

Save the Date! UEDA's 2nd Emerging Topics Series will be held on Thursday, September 19 from 8:30am - 11:30am and will feature Bank On Greater Milwaukee and the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund. Stay tuned for details!

Planning for the City of Milwaukee's HUD Consolidated Plan is underway!
In 2019, UEDA is working with the City of Milwaukee to develop their 5-year plan for HUD. In June, we convened a Task Force of sector professionals to guide the process, and developed a community engagement team. On July 11, UEDA held an Emerging Topics Session focused on the Consolidated Plan, which provided an overview and ways for our network to get involved. It also kicked off a 4-month community engagement period, where we will be reaching out into the community for their feedback.

Take the Community Survey and learn more about Milwaukee's Consolidated Plan at www.conplanmke.org (including slides from this session). The survey is availble in English, Spanish & Hmong.

The HUD Consolidated Plan is designed to help states and local jurisdictions assess their affordable housing and community development needs and make data-driven, place-based investment decisions; it informs funding for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Home Investments Partnerships (HOME) and other programs.  

"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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