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.” 



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Many thanks to the 285+ people who joined us on Saturday, February 24 at this year’s 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 in the next few days!

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

On November 6 nearly 60 guests joined us to celebrate UEDA's 20th anniversary with our dedicated members and partners. We looked back on UEDA’s work over the past two decades, shared our vision for the future, and acknowledged outgoing board members.

UEDA 20 Years of PhotosWe 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 and support of UEDA's mission and we thank them! Check out pictures here

Thank you to our sponsors AT&T Wisconsin, Forward Community Investments, Johnson Bank andGoyke & Associates for supporting this event.

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.

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.


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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.


UEDA Annual Community Gathering: August 18, 2016
Nearly 50 people joined us at Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub 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. Special thanks to AT&T Wisconsin and Goyke & Associates for sponsoring this year's Gathering!

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—one "trend" and two alternative plans that depart from the trend in the following areas: Mobility, Healthy Communities, Equitable Access and Cost & Susatinability. This will assist SEWRPC reach their next phase: developing more detailed plans, which will guide future investments in land use and 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. Attendees discussed challenges and suggested new strategies in four areas: Networks, 21st Century Skills, Entrepreneurship and Pipelines & Pathways.
Thank you to our Sponsors & Supporters for making this event possible! 
View the 2015 Summit Summary Report-Out
Check out pictures here and the Event Program Booklet here
Additional information on UEDA's Community Development Summit can be found here

UEDA Community Gathering - August 20, 2015
Nearly 50 members, colleagues and partners joined us as we recognized the following individuals who have stood out 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, which showcases the impact of our work on collaborative projects, providing technical assistance and connecting the sector through annual events.
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.  We are exploring ways to continue supporting the outcomes and recommendations, so stay tuned. 

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. If you could not attend, take some time to visit the web-based version of analyzing the 5 sketch scenarios and submit your feedback.  It's an interactive tool that allows you to check your preferences and see which scenario lines up best. 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 recognizes 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) with an award for his contributions to Community and Economic Development and David Glenn for going above and beyond the duties of a UEDA volunteer.  Thank you to our sponsors AT&T and Goyke & Associates for supporting this year's event.  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! We thank our Sponsors, Partners and Committee members for their support. See more at www.CarnivalMilwaukee.com or view our 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. Learn more about this event:  Summary Report, Resource Page, Event Pictures and Program Booklet here.

UEDA Annual Meeting: August 8, 2013
Thanks to the over 40+ people who joined us at Rustico in Milwaukee's Third Ward 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 and Special thanks to sponsors AT&T and Goyke & Associates.

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. We thank all who came out for their support of UEDA!

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. View the Program Booklet or read the summary report on our Summit page.

UEDA Annual Meeting:  August 9, 2012
Thanks to UEDA Members and Partners for joining us at our Annual Meeting! 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 – the Board and Staff acknowledged them for their contributions to UEDA during their term of service to the organization.  Also, special thanks to the event sponsors, Dan & Janet Brophey and Goyke & Associates.  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.  This event was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and partners; their involvement will allow UEDA to establish a strong foundation for our programs in 2012.  We thank them!  Visit our Carnival Milwaukee site to view photos, Sponsors, Food Tasting participants and more.