UEDA Emerging Topics Series

Join us for “Emerging Topics Series Week” in October! 

UEDA will feature sessions on technology and regional planning to close out the 2023 series.

Making Tech Work for You – Leveraging Technology for Small Organizations
Wednesday, October 11 | 3:00-4:00pm | Virtual – Register here

Help us celebrate WI Tech Month at this hands-on workshop with presenter Tim Syth, Contexture. Learn how to effectively and efficiently use existing technology tools such as Google Workspace and the Cloud. Also, unleash the power of ChatGPT and explore other AI alternatives while gaining insights into how they can improve your organization’s operations. Lastly, learn how to leverage automation and streamline tasks, save resources and time, enabling your nonprofit or business to make an even greater difference in the communities you serve.

For all those who register AND join us at the session, we will send you a 1/2 pound bag of coffee from a local roaster!

Special thank you to Milky Way Tech Hub and Latinos in Tech for their support of this month-long series of events.

VISION 2050: Weigh in on the Region’s Future!
Friday, October 13 | Noon-1:00 PM CST | Virtual – Register here

Join us for an overview of the process for the next review and update of Southeastern Wisconsin’s VISION 2050 Regional Land Use & Transportation Plan. Learn more about our Regional Planning Commission’s process to update financial and equity analyses, meet federal requirements, and gather public input over the next 6 months.

For all those who register AND join us at the session, we will enter you into a drawing for a gift package of locally-made food products and other services!

UEDA is proud to be a Community Partner of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC), learn more about them here.

2023 UEDA Emerging Topics Series Sponsors logos


Session 2 Recap: Bridging the Racial Disparity in Wealth Creation in Milwaukee

On September 12, nearly 40 people attended our second session of the 2023 series to learn about new research on household wealth and homeownership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, supported by the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC). The project included a multi-disciplinary team and looks to create a foundational approach to identifying and measuring how effective homeownership can be as a generator of wealth, and inform policy and social investments that help address racial disparities in homeownership and wealth-building.

Attendees shared feedback on the initial research findings and ideas on intentional ways we could support residents in neighborhoods with lower homeownership rates, strengthen efforts to prevent foreclosure, and how other factors could impact wealth generation across different areas. As our learning from these findings continues, we look forward to future research that could guide policy and investment.

View the press release and the presentation slides. Thank you to our presenters and partners!

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Session 1 Recap: Neighborhood News Connect

Thanks to all who joined us for our first Emerging Topics Series for 2023 on June 27, held in partnership with Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (NNS). NNS is a nonprofit news organization that covers Milwaukee’s diverse neighborhood stories that are important to the people who live, work, and serve in the city. The NNS staff members who presented were: Ron Smith, Executive Director, Deborah Heffner, Director of Development and Partnerships, Princess Safiya Byers, Report for America Staff Reporter and Bevin Christie, News 414 Project Manager.

Photo collage from UEDA's June 2023 Emerging Topics Series on June 27

They talked about the changes they’re seeing in community-based journalism, and the power it holds to empower and uplift communities. NNS covers topics such as education, public safety, economic development, health and wellness, environment, recreation, employment, youth development and housing. One of their most read articles last year focused on what Milwaukee Mayors actually do, a part of their efforts to promote civic education. Look for more pieces like that in the coming year.

NNS also shared how they leverage storytelling to create impactful narratives, and the tools available to the community to engage with them:

  • Their Community Voices section allows community members to submit opinions on topics of interest.
  • Posts from Community is where groups can submit news releases and articles about their issues and events.
  • And News414 is their service journalism project in partnership with Wisconsin Watch.

Learn more about NNS at https://milwaukeenns.org, we thank them for partnering with us on this session. We hope to collaborate with them more in the future. And a very special thank you to Bader Philanthropies for hosting our first session of the 2023 series!