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UW-Milwaukee -About Center for Economic Development

About Us

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Center for Economic Development (UWMCED) is a central part of UWM's mission to apply university-based research and technical expertise to improve the quality of life in our region.

Drawing upon the talents and expertise of faculty, students, and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the UWMCED is committed to:

  • supporting economic development efforts in predominantly minority neighborhoods;
  • building the capacity of community-based organizations to participate effectively in local economic development efforts;
  • conducting action-oriented research on economic development policy issues impacting multi- neighborhoods and regions;
  • informing public debate on economic development issues and policies.

The Center also serves as the research and technical assistance arm of UWM's Consortium for Economic Opportunity, a Milwaukee Idea initiative.

The UWMCED was established in 1990 by a grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Center is a part of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Letters and Science.

Center Services

The Center For Economic Development provides a wide range of services to assist in economic development. These include:

  • Data analysis
  • Economic development planning
  • Feasibility studies
  • Grant preparation
  • Labor Market Research
  • Market analysis
  • Neighborhood economic revitalization analysis and planning
  • Policy research
  • Program evaluation
  • Project design and implementation
  • Resource identification
  • Strategic planning
  • Survey research
  • Workshops and short courses

If the Center is not able to offer assistance, or if there is a more appropriate provider, referrals will be given.

Service Fees

The Center For Economic Development works with clients to establish an appropriate and affordable fee. Fees for Center services are on a sliding-scale, based on ability to pay and the kinds of services requested.