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: 

New Food + New People + New Experience = Transformation
May 2019 Diverse Dining image

No matter your age, race or gender, we have all interacted with money. However, the topic is often avoided when it comes to conversations with friends and family.  This dinner table conversation will explore personal and cultural relationships to money and encourage attendees to think about who they might want to have a 'money talk' with. Learn more & purchase tickets to the event HERE. Current UEDA Members receive a $5 discount! Call us at 414-562-9904 for the code.Diverse Dining logo

Diverse Dining offers unique cultural dining experiences that help you learn more about the attitudes, beliefs and customs of different people. Each event includes a special menu with resturant features, a guest facilitator and special activities exclusive to Diverse Dining guests.

About This Partnership
Each February, UEDA hosts a citywide celebration and fundraiser, Carnival Milwaukee. This party with a purpose features ethnic food, music and art all provided by local makers and minority-owned businesses. Over the past decade, Carnival Milwaukee has become a place for people to come together across the deeply-rooted boundaries that have come to define Milwaukee, and meaningfully connect and celebrate what makes us unique. In an effort to carry on the spirit of Carnival Milwaukee throughout the entire year, we are teaming up with Diverse Dining in 2019 on a series of Community Meals where event attendees can gather alongside other community members for dinner conversations that we hope will begin to break down the walls of racial, social, economic and generational segregation we experience everyday in our Milwaukee.

Thank you to our 2019 UEDA-Diverse Dining Partnership Sponsors
MKE United and Northwestern Mutual


Carnival MKE Sponsors 2019


"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


May 20, 2019 - 6pm to 8pm - Diverse Dining Partnership Event: "Money Talks" A Dinner Table Conversation Around Money. Discounts for UEDA Members. Event information >>


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