Welcome to UEDA

Urban Economic Development Association (UEDA) of Wisconsin
2212 North Dr. Martin
Luther King Drive
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.” 



Thanks to all who joined us at UEDA's annual fundraiser!
On Saturday, February 28 over 310 people joined the UEDA community in celebrating Milwaukee’s culture and diversity through food and music. 

The eventCMilw logo 2015 featured a Food Tasting with 25 local restaurants & caterers, large puppets, dancing and live music by The Aluar Pearls.

Each year this event raises funds for UEDA and supports local businesses and organizations that contribute to the economic and cultural vitality of Milwaukee.  Check out pictures from the event here - it's an event not to be missed!


UEDA 2014 Summit a success!  Read the recap here of The Intersection of Arts & Community Development: New Paradigms in Practice & Action, which was held on October 16. In 2015, we are exploring ways to continue supporting the outcomes and recommendations, so stay tuned.

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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. The last 2014 Recipe to Retail event was held on November 12.  "The Marketing Spectrum" was a dynamic evening of networking, discussion, problem solving, and relationship building – all in the name of marketing success. 

Check out Event recaps for all of 2014, resources and more at the FEDN Recipe to Retail website page. And Save the Date for March 4, 2015! Our next event will feature the legal aspects of starting your food business.

These events are put on by the Food Enterprise Development Network (FEDN), a project of UEDA and in partnership with the Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) and is sponsored by U.S. BankUS Bank

If you are interested in this series or participating, please contact Jessica or Kristi.


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.

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.