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: 

Emerging Topics Series session two a success!UEDA Lightbulb image
Thanks to those who joined us on Wednesday, June 27 for Financial Empowerment for People with Disabilities, which served as a follow up to our  2017 Community Development Summit.  Nearly 70 guests joined us and learned about collaborative strategies that strengthen the networks of those serving people with disabilities.

A panel of local, statewide and national agencies discussed how practitioners can ensure that people with disabilities have access to mainstream financial services by highlighting existing loan and support service programs. Erin Waddell of the Louisville Office of Financial Empowerment shared insights on how to build greater resilience and self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities and their families. 

A recap and session materials will be posted soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out our 2017 Summit RESOURCE PAGE, which includes links to presentations, videos and other resources for those working with people with disabilities.


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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. Join us in 2018 as we host three sessions, focused on shared learning, purposeful dialogue and collaboration. Our Events page includes a recap of session one, and save the date for our last session of 2018 series!
October 4 - Social Enterprise & Social Entrepreneurship


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). We will meet twice (July 18 & September 19) for a happy hour book discussion, and join everyone at the October 16th event with author Richard Rothstein.
Details and Registration HERE.

UEDA 2017 Impact Report Now Available!
Take a look and see what we were up to in 2017! Highlights include distribution of Money Smart Week Milwaukee Resource Guides to the public, the formation of the Financial Equity Group, a 48% increase in the number of homeownership professionals engaged in Take Root Milwaukee, partnerships with Small Business Affinity Group, Marshaling Our Resources and Launch MKE, and continued growth of our membership network. View Here

Carnival Milwaukee fundraiser a success!
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!

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

"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


UEDA Color of Law Community Book Club: July 18 at 4:30pm (details here)

UEDA Annual Community Gathering: August 20

UEDA Emerging Topics Series Session 3: October 4
Social Enterprise & Social Entrpreneurship


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