UEDA summit to explore intersection of creativity and community development

The Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin plans to hold its 13th annual Community Development Summit on Thursday, Oct. 16, with what the organization pegs as an interactive lab format.


This year’s theme centers on “The Intersection of Arts & Community Development: New Paradigms in Practice & Action.”

Summit attendees will include community members, creative professionals, development professionals, artists, business owners, neighborhood organizations, government representatives and funders. At the heart of their discussion will be a focus on how arts, culture and creativity can work in tandem with community development strategies to advance neighborhoods, business districts and urban environments.

Through the interactive lab discussions, the summit will put a magnifying glass on the Bronzeville District, Milwaukee’s Commercial Corridors, Sherman Park Theater Project and Walker’s Point Innovation District.

“I’m confident that all in attendance will leave with actionable, measurable next steps that can help move community projects forward,” said Bill Johnson, executive director of UEDA, which is a nonprofit membership organization geared toward economic and community development professionals and groups.

The summit is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Italian Conference Center, located at 631 E. Chicago Street in Milwaukee. Cost is $25 for UEDA members and $35 for non-members. For more information or to secure a spot, visit www.UEDAWI.org.

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