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.


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A week-long, virtual celebration of food, music, and dance!


While we will not be able to gather in person for our 2021 fundraiser, this year's Carnival Milwaukee event will be a week-long virtual celebration that will focus on giving back to the small businesses and local establishments that have supported UEDA and this event over the years. 5 Days of Carnival Milwaukee will run from February 22 through February 26, and each day will highlight an aspect of our annual, in-person event via email and social media (make sure to follow us on facebook here).

Check out our Week-Long Dining Deals here! Restaurant partners include Antigua Latin Inspired Restaurant, Immy's African Cuisine, Orenda Cafe, and Sam's Place Jazz Cafe.

In lieu of purchasing an event ticket this year, we are inviting you to make a $50 donation to UEDA. In return you will receive a $25 gift card to a locally-owned restaurant who has donated to UEDA in the past! You are also invited to join us at our Virtual Event on February 26 from 6PM-7PM for a chance to win amazing prize packages.

Any donation amount is accepted!
Those that donate $50 will recieve a $25 gift card to a local restaurant that has donated to UEDA in the past. $25 of your donation is tax-deductible after receiving gift card.


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If you can’t make your mortgage payment as a result of COVID-19, reach out to your mortgage servicer (the entity you make your mortgage payment to every month) right away to ask about relief options they are offering to borrowers. 

If you are already behind/have missed mortgage payments or need additional support in sorting out your financial obligations, click here to be connected to the Milwaukee County Mortgage Assistance Program and to other nonprofit agencies that can help you make a plan to stay in your home.

Take Root Milwaukee Homeownership Disparity Data Series Webinar
December 3rd, over 55 people joined us for the first session in this series, which provided an in-depth look at the most recent Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data for Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee. View the recording and slides. Additional sessions are being planned for 2021 - stay tuned!

Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center Webinar
On November 16, 155 people joined us to learn more about this collaborative effort that is working to connect tenants and landlords to trusted resources in order to prevent evictions and improve housing stability. The center will leverage expertise and services from nine partner agencies, connect people to rental assistance, legal and mediation services, and provide trusted information on tenant and landlord issues. Learn more about the progress made by viewing the webinar recording and presentation slides. More information to come on this exciting intiative!

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UEDA and Walnut Way Conservation Corp. are excited to be partnering on a Learning Series that is connecting those interested in exploring cooperative enterprise ownership to experts, resources, education, and each other. Find links to the recordings of all three sessions on our Events Page.

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Thank you to the nearly 200 individuals that joined us for our Emerging Topic Series this year! We explored a diverse range of topics, including the longevity economy, the African American cooperative movement, and delivered an equity analysis on VISION 2050, the region's long-range public transportation and land-use plan. Find a recap and resources from each session on our Events page. Special thank you to our series sponsors: Associated Bank, Chase Bank, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and U.S. Bank,

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Every year, Bank On Greater Milwaukee updates and publishes the Money Smart Resource Guide for Milwaukee-area residents and service providers. The guide is available in both English and Spanish and full versions can be downloaded HERE. Thank you to our Money Smart Week Resource Guide Sponsors: Associated Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Landmark Credit Union, DFI, and Wells Fargo.

Additional financial education resources are also available at the Bank On Greater Milwaukee website such as safe financial measures to take, a list of financial institutions that offer safe and affordable bank accounts, information on economic impact payments, potential scams and more. To learn more or to request hard copies of the guides, contact Bank On Greater Milwaukee Program Manager, Constance Alberts at constance@uedawi.org.

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At this time of uncertainty, we thought it important to share resources that we are aware of related to small businesses, individual health and safety, support for nonprofit organizations, and opportunities for engagement and education.

Access UEDA'S Covid-19 Resource Document and check back often. It includes resources for Small Businesses & Employers, Individuals & Families, and Community Organizations. Feel free to share widely! We plan to update it as new resources become available or as opportunities become obsolete. If you have something you feel should be added, please reach out to Jessica Wetzel, our Communications & Membership Director via our Contact Form.

Please note UEDA's offices are open as per guidance from the State of Wisconsin DHS and "Badger Bounce Back" guidelines. Staff still often work remotely so email is the best way to reach us. Be safe and be well UEDA Community!

 "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


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