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: 

Milwaukee Consolidated Plan Neighborhood Meetings & Focus Groups
Throughout September & October, UEDA will be hosting meetings related to the City's 5 year strategic plan for HUD. These meetings are an opportunity for residents to share their input around the issues and community priorities that matter to them, and help guide support forMKE ConPlan logo housing development and home repair programs, infrastructure needs, services for youth, small business assistance, and workforce supports in the City through 2024.

Neighborhood meetings will be held on the Northwest Side, Near West Side, Near South Side and Near South Side, starting September 19. Focus groups on Housing, Commercial Corridors/Small Business and Youth Services will be held starting September 17. Check out the Event Calendar here for details & registration links, or view this FLYER for event information.

Weigh in on the priorities you see in the areas of affordable housing, small businesses/commercial corridors, youth services and public infrastructure. Take the Community Survey (also available in Español and Hmong), and share with your networks. Learn more about the Consolidated Plan at www.ConPlanMKE.org (Español or Hmong)

Emerging Topics in Economic Development SeriesET series logo
Session 2 - Bank On Greater Milwaukee Local Launch
Thursday, September 19 | 8:30AM - 11:30AM

At Alverno College, Milwaukee
Attendees will learn about how Bank On Greater Milwaukee is working to ensure that all Milwaukee-area households have access to safe and affordable bank accounts that meet their needs, allow them to increase assets, and strengthen their financial stability. 

Neighborhood organizations, community groups, youth service agencies, workforce development staff, financial institutions and neighborhood organizers are encouraged to join us for the opportunity to talk with coalition members on how to best connect clients and residents to the financial education, credit counseling, savings, employment assistance and youth financial empowerment services and resources they provide. REGISTER HERE >>

Thank you to our Emerging Topics Series Sponsors
U.S. Bank, Associated Bank, CIBC, and Johnson Bank!

SE Wisconsin Fair Housing Assessment Underway
In 2019, the City of Milwaukee, City of Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, City of West Allis, and Waukesha County engaged Applied Real Estate Analysis (AREA), Inc. to conduct a housing study for the region.
Community feedback is essential to fully understand fair housing access and other issues, including potential challenges faced by residents (or potential residents) in finding housing. A short survey (7-8 minutes) is now open for any resident in the region to take, and all responses are confidential and anonymous. Take the fair housing survey in English or in Spanish/Español.   

UEDA & Diverse Dining Partnership Meal: Neighborhood Narratives
Monday, September 30 | 5:30AM - 8:00AM | Cafe el Sol
The third installment in our partnership meal series will focus on neighborhoods - what and how guests define them, what it means to be a good neighbor and who is working locally to ensure our city is a fair and safe place for all to live. Join us for an informative conversation where you can meet and learn from individuals with different experiences and backgrounds from the greater Milwaukee area. Current UEDA members receive a $5 discount. TICKETS HERE >>

Emerging Topics in Economic Development Series
Session 3 - Mapping Prejudice: A Conversation with Kirsten Delegard

SAVE THE DATE -- Friday, October 11 | 9:00AM | The Grace Center
In partnership with Forward Community Investments and the Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development, we will welcome Kristen Delegard, Co-Founder of the Minneapolis-based research group, Mapping Prejudice. She will show how their research and mapping work unearthed racial covenants in local property deeds, revealing how much land was reserved for the exclusive use of white people in most of the 20th century. Attendees will discuss how historical, racists housing practices like racial covenants, redlining and predatory lending helped to design the housing patterns we live with today. REGISTRATION COMING SOON.

"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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