Welcome to UEDA

Urban Economic Development Association (UEDA) of Wisconsin
1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 260
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: (414) 562-9904


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Connect to UEDA projects, initiatives and events!  The following links will take you to places where UEDA does its work – using our skills and expertise to coordinate and facilitate efforts that build bridges across community and regional lines.

  • Carnival Milwaukee:  UEDA’s annual fundraiser is “a party with a purpose” and brings together a large diverse population each February to celebrate our diversity with a night of food, live entertainment and fun that highlights our cultural treasures and local businesses.  Learn more at www.carnivalmilwaukee.com and see photos from last year’s event here.
  • Take Root Milwaukee: A group of over 50 members that work collaboratively to preserve and promote sustainable, diverse neighborhoods by encouraging and maintaining homeownership.  Take Root Milwaukee members include lenders, nonprofit housing counseling agencies, Realtors and other community partners that have pledged to uphold industry standards in the delivery of services and promote the use of homeownership education.  UEDA is the administrative agency for Take Root Milwaukee, which was formed in 2009 as a result of Mayor Tom Barrett’s Milwaukee Foreclosure Partnership Initiative.  Learn more at www.takerootmilwaukee.org and their "About" page to see annual reports and a list of participants.
  • Financial Equity Group (FEG): In partnership with Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension, UEDA has been convening the FEG since June 2017, which is dedicated to increasing the individual confidence and financial knowledge of the residents of Greater Milwaukee. Members include community-based organizations, financial institutions and government who provide programs and services in the financial education space.  In particular, they seek to identify collective strategies that leverage current resources, and form strategic partnerships that improve financial stability and equity for underserved and unbanked households. The FEG meets quarterly, and there is a "Bank On" working group that formed in 2018 to work specifically on access to financial products and services. This area of work also includes our role in convening Money Smart Week in Milwaukee. Contact us if are you interested in participating in FEG, Bank On or Money Smart Week.
  • Food Enterprise Development Network (FEDN): Formed in 2012 as a recommendation from UEDA's 2011 Summit, working to promote equitable, economic development in urban communities by helping develop and support a robust, cross-sector support network that assists micro-level food entrepreneurs and businesses in Milwaukee neighborhoods and commercial corridors.  Check out the FEDN website and find event information, recaps, resources and more.  If you are interested in this series or participating, please contact Jessica.
  • Small Business Affinity Group: Formed in 2014 to bring together resource and service providers in the small business sector, a recommendation made at UEDA's 2013 Summit that focused on small business capital. SBAG is co-convened by UEDA in partnership with The Business Council and Rule Enterprises LLC. Their purpose is to provide a space for organizations & groups working to support the growth and sustainability of small businesses, neighborhood entrepreneurs and emerging businesses by sharing information, best practices and resources related to this sector. Contact us if are you interested in participating in this project.
  • Coalition for Advancing Transit: A regional coalition of over 310 members that represents individual citizens, local businesses, labor organizations, environmental and community groups, faith-based organizations and civic leaders who believe that a vibrant, modern regional transit system is needed to ensure the economic viability of SE WI. In addition, regional transit provides a vital link connecting thousands of workers to jobs. The Coalition formed in October 2008 as a result of UEDA’s Community Development Summit; UEDA provided administrative support and assistance to their efforts through 2013. We remain active with initiatives that support regional transportation in SE WI.  Learn more at www.coalitionforadvancingtransit.com.