Welcome to UEDA
UEDA is a 501(c)(3) membership organization 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: 

UEDA 2017 Annual Gathering Image

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 5pm to 7pm
At Merriment Social, Milwaukee

Please join us as we thank and recognize you, our members and community partners, and celebrate 20 years of UEDA serving the community and economic development sector!

We will look back on UEDA’s work over the past two decades, acknowledge outgoing board members and recognize our Community Partner and UEDA Volunteer, who have stood out for their commitment to the community and support of UEDA's mission. REGISTER HERE

Thank you to our sponsors!
AT&T Wisconsin
Forward Community Investments
Johnson Bank
Goyke & Associates

UEDA 16th Annual Summit a success!
Building Economic & Social Inclusion with the Disability Community was held on October 5 and worked to increase awareness around the connection between people with disabilities and poverty. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and attendees learned about and shared ways they can improve accessibility and foster an inclusive culture in their workplace, activities, programs and events. Check out this brief recap of the program, including links to the keynote presentation, a video"Financial inclusion: Voices from the Disability Community" and resources that were shared at the event. Look for a 2017 Summit Resources page to be posted soon, as well as a summary report. Learn about past UEDA Summits here.

March on Milwaukee Celebrates 50 YearsMOM 50th with 200 Nights of Freedom
This commemoration features public events throughout 200 consecutive nights that reflect upon, document and revive the original spirit of the marches. Honoring the original marchers’ efforts to bring about the Milwaukee that they hoped to see, 200 Nights of Freedom asks present day community members to participate in building the Milwaukee that all of us want to live in — one that is fair, collaborative, and racially just.

Their goal isn’t to start a movement, but rather to support, grow, and create connections across the vital work happening in Milwaukee. Volunteer-run committees drive the organizing efforts for 200 Nights of Freedom, and are a great way to get involved. Learn more HERE

Consider linking your events or hosting one to facilitate a wide range of inspiring and challenging dialogues, programs, and opportunities to engage with fellow Milwaukeeans. More information at http://200nightsoffreedom.org/

UEDA 2016 Impact Report
Take a look and see what we were up to in 2016! Highlights include distribution of Money Smart Week Milwaukee Resource Guides to the public, a 49% increase in the number of homeownership professionals engaged in Take Root Milwaukee, partnerships with MCFI's Black Male Advisory Board and the Alliance for Economic Inclusion and continued growth of our membership network. View Here

"Food As an Economic Development Tool" Feasibility Analysis results available: 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 will guide our work with the Food Enterprise Development Network (FEDN) in 2016 and 2017.  Check out out our Study Snapshot, Full Summary Report and Nonprofit Capacity Assessment Tool


UEDA Annual Community Gathering & 20th Anniversary. Details here

Save the Date! Carnival Milwaukee 2018 will be on Saturday, February 24.


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