UEDA is a 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to facilitating the professional development of individuals and groups working in economic and community development in Wisconsin. Incorporated in 1997, its mission is to enhance cities and their residents by focusing on housing, economic development and job creation. UEDA emphasizes collaborative work in the areas of community investment, sustainable homeownership, financial capability, regional transportation, small business support 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:
to all who joined us for UEDA's annual fundraiser,
Milwaukee, on Saturday, February 25.
Just over 270 people supported UEDA and celebrated Milwaukee’s culture and diversity by enjoying ethnic cuising from 24 local vendors, live music by De La Buena, dance performances and lessons from Salsabrosa Dance Company, a topnotch raffle, fun photo-booth, and other unique festivities.
Pictures will be posted soon, as well as a full list of vendors and sponsors you can support year-round!
UEDA 2016 Impact Report
Take a look and see what we were up to in 2016! Highlights include distribution of Money Smart Week Milwaukee Resource Guides to the public, a 49% increase in the number of homeownership professionals engaged in Take Root Milwaukee, partnerships with MCFI's Black Male Advisory Board and the Alliance for Economic Inclusion and continued growth of our membership network. View Here
UEDA's 15th Annual Summit Summary
Report now available!
Nearly 120 attendees joined us on October 26 for meaningful conversations on how civic engagement can be used as a tool to connect city neighborhoods to the opportunities present in major projects being developed downtown. We collected a significant amount of feedback from attendees, demonstrating the frank conversations, great ideas and concerns with this effort:
Read the 2016 UEDA Community Development Summit Report HERE.
Check out the "United We Stand" video, created for this year's Summit to share perspectives on civic engagement by various community members.
View a list of "GREAT IDEAS" here, developed by Summit attendees to connect neighborhoods and Downtown.
Milwaukee Neighborhood News article: Downtown development boom must benefit challenged neighborhoods, city leaders say (11/2/16)
"Food As an Economic Development Tool" Feasibility Analysis results available: 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 will guide our work with the Food Enterprise Development Network (FEDN) in 2016. Check out our Study Snapshot, Full Summary Report and Nonprofit Capacity Assessment Tool
UEDA Annual Community Gathering ~ Thursday, August 18 from 5pm to 7pm. More information here