Welcome to UEDA

Urban Economic Development Association (UEDA) of Wisconsin
1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 260
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: (414) 562-9904

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UEDA hosts several events for members and partners including the Annual Membership meeting, the annual Community Development Summit, Community Development Brown Bag discussions, Quarterly Gatherings and UEDA’s Annual Fundraiser, “Carnival Milwaukee.” 


Thank you for an amazing 2018 Emerging Topics Series!ET series image

On October 18, we held our last Emerging Topics Series session for the year, Social Enterprises: Advancing Mission, Extending Impact, Strengthening Sustainability. Nearly 70 people joined us and heard from the amazingly inspirational Deanna Singh, (Flying Elephant, LLC). who provided guests with an introduction to the social enterprise model. A panel followed, highlighting local programs that are helping area organizations and individuals realize their dream of achieving a triple bottom line. Special thank you to the organizations who participated in the Table Talk portion of our event, and for sharing their experience with launching a social enterprise: Above The Clouds, Inc., ArtWorks for MilwaukeeHmong Wisconsin Chamber of CommerceLead2Change, Inc.Milwaukee HabitatWalnut Way, and WWBIC

A full recap will be posted soon, in the meantime, you can view pictures here.

Learn about past Emerging Topics sessions "Financial Empowerment for People with Disabilities" (June 27) and "Building Wealth & Community Through Economic Development" (May 9) by visiting our Events page (scroll down to Past Events). You'll find links to event recaps, presentations, resources and more.


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In 2017 UEDA's Board & Staff decided to launch this series to provide more frequent & intentional opportunities for our members and partners to connect, learn new ideas, and lift up the work and best practices in the sector. These sessions will focus on shared learning, purposeful dialogue and collaboration.


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Do you have a food-based idea or business but are having trouble getting from "Recipe to Retail"?  Join us for food, drink, and good conversation at this community networking series. Check out the FEDN Recipe to Retail website page for upcoming event information, past event recaps, resources and more.  

These events are put on by the Food Enterprise Development Network (FEDN), a project of UEDA.  If you are interested in this series or participating, please contact Jessica.


Building Movement Project Event: October 24, 2018
"Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap"
UEDA proudly co-sponsored this event, which featured presentation and discussion about a recent report by the Building Movement Project on the nonprofit racial leadership gap, and a service and social change workshop. These thought-provoking, energy-charged sessions engaged nearly 200 participants in discussing concrete actions leaders we can take to bridge the divide, and embrace the systems, culture and behavior changes that align with the values of diversity, inclusion and equity.

Nonprofit Policy & Advocacy Leadership Briefing: September 14, 2018
This briefing session featured Frank Martinelli (Nonprofit Repositioning Initiative), and Ashlie Benson and Kyle Hagge (Marquette University Trinity Fellows), who shared insight and tolls on how organizations and their leaders can begin to engage more intentionally in policy work. Learn more here

UEDA 2018 Color of Law Book Club Meetings: July 18 & September 19
UEDA is excited to be participating in the Color of Law community book read being led by two of our members, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council and LISC Milwaukee (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). Learn about our book club events here

UEDA 2018 Annual Community Gathering - August 20
Thank you to our members and partners for joining us at this annual member event. We were thrilled to be able to recognize Julia Taylor of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Jessica Noth of Havenwoods EDC for their extraordinary commitment to the community and support of UEDA. And thank you to our outgoing Board Members, Clarissa Ortiz, Marlene Castillo, and Steve Adams for your years of service! Check out pictures here and thank you to our sponsors AT&T, Goyke & Associates and Johnson Bank.

Emerging Topics Series Session 2:
Financial Empowerment for People with Disabilities
was held on June 27, 2018 and served as a follow up to our  2017 Community Development Summit.  Over 65 guests joined us and learned about collaborative strategies that strengthen the networks of those serving people with disabilities. including presentations from local, statewide and national groups who highlighted loan and support service programs. View our recap (including links to session materials) and check out our 2017 Summit RESOURCE PAGE, which includes links to presentations, videos and other resources for those working with people with disabilities.

Emerging Topic Series Session 1:
Building Wealth & Community Through Economic Development
was held on May 9, 2018 and 54 attendees joined us for a thought-provoking event. We heard from local people & projects that are developing innovate strategies and tools that invest in people and place, through the framework of Community Wealth Building. View the session materials here (agenda, presenter bios & project descriptions), check out pictures here.

Carnival Milwaukee 2018 fundraiser a success!
Many thanks to the 285+ people who joined us on Saturday, February 24 for our 10th Annual Carnival Milwaukee! It was another festive and lively event with 20+ local food vendors, live music by De La Buena and Samba da Vida MKE, dancing (WOW!) by Salsabrosa MKE and Panadanza Dance Company, and DJ Marcus Doucette spun some tunes. Because we party with a purpose we also recognized our friends at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee as the inaugural Carnival Milwaukee Bridge Builder for their efforts to honor diversity and connect people and places. We’ve posted a few pictures on the UEDA Facebook page – more to follow!

This Carnival Milwaukee Fact Sheet includes a brief history of how this annual event started and who has participated over the past 10 years.

UEDA Annual Community Gathering: November 6, 2017UEDA 20 Years of Photos
Nearly 60 guests joined us to celebrate UEDA's 20th anniversary, looking back on UEDA’s work over the past two decades. We shared our vision for the future & acknowledged outgoing board members. We recognized the City of Milwaukee as our Community Partner, and longtime member (and former staff!) Bethany Sanchez as our UEDA Volunteer. They stand out for their commitment to the community & support of UEDA's mission. Check out pictures here

16th Annual Community Development Summit: October 5, 2017
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. Our RESOURCE PAGE includes a recap of the event, links to presentations, videos and other resources for those working with people with disabilities.

A special THANK YOU to our Sponsors and Supporters, who provided important support for a successful event. Check out this brief recap and the program book, 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, which includes links to summary reports, videos and articles.

15th Annual Community Development Summit: October 31, 2016
Crossing Boundaries: Downtown Development > Civic Engagement > Neighborhood Impact focused on how civic engagement can be a tool to connect neighborhoods to the opportunities present in major development projects. Attendees represented various sectors and over 45 neighborhoods and 15+ cities or regions, and identified actionable ideas that could be integrated in current, large-scale efforts and stated we cannot shy away from issues like racism, segregation, employment, transportation and a lack of connection to (or desire to be) Downtown.

UEDA Annual Community Gathering: August 18, 2016
Nearly 50 people joined us as we reflected on the previous year's accomplishments and thanked the individuals and organizations that help us carry out our work. We shared highlights from our 2015 Impact Report and recognized Elizabeth Hummitzsch (outgoing Board Member), Joaquin Altoro (Extraordinary UEDA Volunteer) and Amber Miller (Extraordinary UEDA Community Partner). Read a recap here and view pictures here.

Carnival Milwaukee: February 27, 2016
Nearly 300 people joined us in celebrating Milwaukee’s culture and diversity through food and music. The event featured a Food Tasting with over 22 local restaurants & caterers, puppets, dancing by Salsabrosa and live music by De La Buena. View pictures from this year's event herethis article from the Milwaukee Independent and the 2016 Recognition Flier for a full list of sponsors and partners.

VISION 2050 Public Input Session: November 3, 2015
Attendees provided feedback on what should be included in a preliminary plan for VISION 2050, evalutating three alternatives— in the following areas: Mobility, Healthy Communities, Equitable Access and Cost & Susatinability. This assisted SEWRPC to develop more detailed plans to guide future land use & transportation development.

14th Annual Community Development Summit: October 21, 2015
Work Future: Building Pathways to Opportunity for Boys & Men of Color
Nearly 150 people joined us during Milwaukee's Boys & Men of Color Week to discuss how the way we work is changing and how these new paradigms can be used to improve employment outcomes for boys and men of color in Milwaukee.

UEDA Community Gathering - August 20, 2015
Nearly 50 members, colleagues and partners joined us as we recognized the following individuals for their commitment to the community and UEDA: Gary Goyke (Extraordinary UEDA Board Member), Leigh Kunde (Extraordinary UEDA Community Partner) and Marjorie Rucker (Extraordinary UEDA Volunteer).  We also announced the release of our 2014 Impact Report.
Check out pictures from the event here!

Carnival Milwaukee: February 28, 2015
Over 310 people joined the UEDA community in celebrating Milwaukee’s culture and diversity through food and music. The event featured a Food Tasting with 25 local restaurants & caterers, large puppets, dancing and live music by The Aluar Pearls
Check out pictures from the event here and view the 2015 Recognition Flier here.

13th Annual Community Development Summit: October 16, 2014
Read the recap here of The Intersection of Arts & Community Development: New Paradigms in Practice & Action, which engagedover 150 attendees in thoughtful discussions that resulted in recommendations for 4 specific projects:  Bronzeville District, Sherman Park Theater Project, Walker's Point Innovation District and Milwaukee's Commercial Corridors. 

VISON 2050 Public Input Session: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The third session in partnership with SEWRPC for the next stage of the regional planning process, VISION 2050. Attendees provided input on 5 sketch scenarios, which will be used to make more detailed plans. Explore the sketch scenarios here, view "Guiding the Vision," new brochures and more here.

UEDA Annual Community Gathering - Wednesday, August 20
This year's event celebrated another year of UEDA's work in community & economic development and recognized outgoing Board Members Shannon Whitworth, Gene Manzanet and Una Van Duvall. We also heard from SE WI State Assembly Representatives Evan Goyke (District 18) and LaTonya Johnson (District 17).  We continued the festivities by honoring Welford Sanders (Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation) and UEDA Volunteer David Glenn. Check out photos here

Carnival Milwaukee: February 22, 2014
Over 260 guests who joined us on Saturday, February 22nd for our annual fundraiser. We saw people in costumes & cultural attire, enjoying flavorful exotic dishes from 28 local restaurants and caterers, live music by De La Buena and other carnival entertainment. Check out pictures from the event here - it's an event not to be missed! View our 2014 Recognition Flier

VISION 2050 Public Input Session: January 9, 2014
UEDA hosted 2nd session, which worked to develop “sketch” future land use and transportation scenarios—the next step in the regional planning process. VISION 2050 is an important opportunity to talk about the future of our region. Additional meetings will be held in 2014-2015 so stay tuned!

VISION 2050 Public Input Session: November 14, 2013
UEDA hosted this visioning session in partnership with the Southeastern Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC).  VISION 2050 is an important opportunity to talk about the future of our region and this workshop gave SE WI residents the opportunity to provide their input to create a land use and transportation plan for the year 2050.

12th Annual Community Development Summit: October 31, 2013
“Show Me the Money: A Pathway to Accessing Business Capital” addressed Just over 145 attendees joined us to learn more about one of the key issues that emerged from last year’s Summit: how to best support the growth of new and emerging businesses in the region.

UEDA Annual Meeting: August 8, 2013
Thanks to those who joined us to celebrate the work of UEDA over the past year and recognize the contribution of our partners and volunteers who help make it happen. This year we invited southeast Wisconsin’s newest members of the State Assembly to share their aspirations for the region: Mandela Barnes (District 11), Evan Goyke (District 18), LaTonya Johnson (District 17) and Daniel Riemer (District 7). View the pictures here

Carnival Milwaukee: February 23, 2013
Once again, about 225 people joined UEDA on the last Saturday in February for our annual fundraiser, which featured 26 local food vendors and live entertainment by
De La Buena. One of our guests wrote a column in The Capital Times that truly captured the purpose and what we at UEDA hope people experience at Carnival - Carnival shows Milwaukee’s gathering steamTake a look at pictures from this year's event here on Flickr or at UEDA's Facebook page.

11th Annual Community Development Summit: November 8, 2012
"Completing the Circuit: Electrifying the Job Market" featured a unique format that explored the challenges and collaborative opportunities available in the areas of workforce development, entrepreneurship and business growth.

UEDA Annual Meeting:  August 9, 2012
We not only celebrated UEDA’s work over the past year, but also recognized and presented an award to Will Allen of Growing Power, Inc. We also recognized the service of two outgoing board members, Bethany Sanchez and Vera Graves-Davis.  Click here to see pictures from the event

Carnival Milwaukee:  February 25, 2012
Thanks to all our guests, friends & supporters for making the 2012 Carnival Milwaukee our best yet! Carnival Milwaukee is a party with a purpose – over 225 guests joined us and enjoyed food from around the world, music by De La Buena and dancing throughout the night. Visit our Carnival Milwaukee site to view photos, Sponsors, Food Tasting participants and more.