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: 

Join us for a session on nonprofit advocacy engagement!
Friday, September 14 - 8:30am to 10:30am
Is your organization looking to engage more intentionally in policy and advocacy work? This Briefing session with provide you and your organization's leaderships with an understanding of initial steps you can take to start your organization on the path of policy work. Learn more here / Register here

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 on September 19 from 4:30-6pm for a happy hour book discussion, and join everyone at the October 16th event with author Richard Rothstein.
Details and Registration HERE

Save the Date for "Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap" - October 24th. Two sessions will be held focused on a recent report by the Building Movement Project on the nonprofit racial leadership gap, and service and social change.

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

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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.  Over 65 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. 

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.


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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 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

"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


Nonprofit Advocacy Leadership Briefing: Sept. 14 at 8:30am (details here)

UEDA Color of Law Community Book Club: Sept. 19 at 4:30pm (details here)

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


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