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: 

Carnival 2020 banner logo

Join us on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Renaissance Place for our annual celebration of Milwaukee's cultural diversity through food, music art and dance at this party with a purpose. Tickets are now on sale! and current UEDA Members receive a discount on ticket prices, so join or renew today! More information about the event can be found at www.carnivalmilwaukee.com.

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.

THANK YOU for a successful
2019 Emerging Topics in Economic Development Series!

UEDA ET Series imageNearly 180 people joined us from July - October for three sessions that helped us connect, learn new ideas, and lift up the work and best practices in economic and community development. This year the UEDA Community provided input on the City of Milwaukee's 2020-2024 Year HUD Consolidated Plan, engaged with our new local banking access coalition, Bank On Greater Milwaukee, and learned about the Mapping Prejudice project and Divided by Design MKE.

We'd like to acknowledge our partners and co-hosts, who all helped make each of these events such a success: Bader Philanthropies, Bank On Greater Milwaukee coalition, Forward Community Investments & the Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development.

And SPECIAL THANKS to our 2019 Series Sponsors, whose investment in UEDA assists us to create sessions focused on shared learning and collaboration!

2019 UEDA ET series sponsors

"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 the UEDA Community! Become a Member, follow us on social media or signup to receive emails about upcoming events and more.
Join UEDA  Facebook
Newsletter  Email List