EDA University Center


What is the EDA – University Center?

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension Economic Development Administration University Center provides the economic development community with access to the University of Wisconsin’s specialized research and technologies, outreach capabilities, and faculty expertise, which aligns closely with the Wisconsin Idea.


What Do We Do?


The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension EDA University Center research team advances many kinds of research about community and economic development, but focuses specifically on better understanding regional economic change, entrepreneurship, innovation, labor markets, economic resilience, and proactive strategies to improve local economies and the quality of life in Wisconsin communities. The  EDA University Center distributes the findings of its research to policymakers, other researchers, UW-Extension County Educators, both public and private local practitioners, journalists, and, perhaps most importantly, all Wisconsin residents.

Work With Wisconsin Communities

Once research is published and distributed, the EDA University Center works with communities to use it to promote community and economic development and improve the quality of life in individual communities. The EDA University Center provides education and training, toolboxes, and hand-on assistance to communities and local organizations. Please visit the Work With Us page to find out more.



The University Center Community Economic Development Program is an initiative of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). University Centers (UCs) are considered to be long-term partners of the EDA and thus receive federal financial support. EDA grant funds to the EDA University Center must be matched dollar-for-dollar by UW-Extension. In Wisconsin, faculty and researchers place a special emphasis on topic areas of community and economic development.

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