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: 

New Food + New People + New Experience = Transformation
Join UEDA for our first Diverse Dining partnership Meal: March 21Diverse Dining logo
You are invited to join us for a dining experience that will change your life! 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.

This month we will discuss ways in which we can confront and move outside of our comfort zones, and will meet at longtime Carnival Milwaukee supporter, Casablanca. Space is limited! You are guaranteed to walk away feeling more enlightened and connected to the world around you. Find more information, purchase tickets and view a menu for the evening here >>

Thank you to our 2019 UEDA-Carnival Milwaukee Diverse Dining Partnership Sponsors: MKE United and Northwestern Mutual

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Each year UEDA joins the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the State of Wisconsin Office of Financial Literacy, and communities across the country to promote financial education and community resources for individuals and families, all designed to help consumers learn to better manage their personal finances.

Check out www.MoneySmartWeek.org for a list of FREE events happening near you to help you be financially healthy. Milwaukee Public Library hosts a series of public events which can be accessed at mpl.org/moneysmartweek, and you can also find local resources and information at www.MoneySmartMilwaukee.org 

Thank you for another vibrant Carnival Milwaukee!
Over 290 people joined us for UEDA's 11th annualCM 2019 Logo fundraiser, Carnival Milwaukee, on Saturday February 23 to celebrate 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. We featured 27 local restaurants & caterers, live music by De La Buena, and performances by Salsabrosa, Panadanza and Samba Da Vida.

This year's event also included new partnerships with Diverse Dining and Milwaukee Public Schools Vincent High School Culinary Program, and we recognized Milwaukee Public Library as our 2019 Carnival Milwaukee Bridge Builder. Stay tuned for a future email with all the details, links to photos and more in the next month - in the meantime check out this event gallery from UrbanMilwaukee. And save the date for February 29, 2020!

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"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-Carnival MKE-Diverse Dining Partnership Meal: March 21, 6-8pm  Learn More>>


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