Downtown Briefly - April 2017

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Message from the President

The 2017 Spring elections are taking place on Tuesday, April 4th! Last month the DMI Board of Directors voted to endorse candidates in contested races only for the City of Madison Common Council. These endorsements include:

District 1: Barbara McKinney (i)
District 8: Zach Wood (i)
District 10: Maurice Cheeks (i)
District 11: Arvina Martin AND Bradley Campbell (dual endorsement)
District 14: Sheri Carter (i)

DMI believes these candidates best align with our vision, priorities and goals for downtown Madison. To view the DMI endorsement process and candidate interview questions, click here. There are also many other important races on the ballot including seats for the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education, so be sure to get out and vote!

Then later this month, we invite you and look forward to seeing you at the 2nd annual Doors Open Madison event taking place on Sunday, April 23rd from 11am-4pm. This free, one-day event is a chance for the public to explore Madison's built environment. Over 25 buildings throughout the downtown area will be open for tours with additional entertainment and kids activities taking place throughout the day. Similar events have taken place in over 50 cities around the world and last year's inaugural event in Madison was a huge success. For further details including an event map and a full list of building sites, visit!

Susan Schmitz, DMI President

Downtown News

Hotels, housing, offices among sweeping proposals for MATC Downtown block
Wisconsin State Journal, March 31, 2017

Madison City Council members propose to legalize 'sandwich board' signs
Wisconsin State Journal, March 27, 2017

Paul Soglin, City Council members offer changes for top of State Street
Wisconsin State Journal, March 24, 2017

City staff: Modernistic Judge Doyle Square project won't adversely affect landmark buildings, March 16, 2017

Madison finance committee approves $6 million more for Government East parking garage
Wisconsin State Journal, March 16, 2017

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.

Urban Issues

The State of American Bike-Share
Next City

In Search of the Smartest City
City Lab

Putting People First: Rethinking Downtown Development
Long Beach Business Journal

Street by Street, DC Builds Out a Center-City Protected Bikeway Network
Streetsblog USA

Malmö's Bicycle House is Open - Cykelhuset OhBoy

For more articles on downtown and urban issues, click here.

DMI Events Calendar

New Faces, New Places
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm
Urban Land Interests
10 East Doty St., Suite 300

Doors Open Madison
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 11:00am-4:00pm
Various buildings and sites in downtown Madison

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:45-9:00am
The Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place

New Member Coffee
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 8:00-9:15am
von Briesen & Roper s.c., 10 E. Doty St., Ste. 1000

To view the full DMI events calendar, click here.

Member News
DMI welcomes new members!
Capital Bankcard
Community Shares of Wisconsin
Forward Events, LLC
Opportunity Inc.
Sand County Foundation
Settlers Bank
Tham Investments
The new homeless day resource center to be run by Catholic Charities of Madison needs a name and you're invited to enter your idea at until April 7th and then vote for your favorite name from April 8-14!

On Friday, April 7th, Upper House is excited to host Reimagining the Sacred & the Cool, a one-day literary symposium.

Join the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County for networking at Enlace at the Avenue Club and Bubble Up Bar on Wednesday, April 12th from 5-7pm.

Hop on over to The Edgewater for Easter Brunch in the Grand Ballroom on Sunday, April 16th from 10am-3pm.

Pull together a team to build a structure out of cans of food to be exhibited at West Towne Mall from April 24-30 as part of MOM's Canstruction event.

You're invited to Sustain Dane's Sustainable Business Network Quarterly Meeting "Place-Based Business: A Deeper Dive into Community Engagement" on Wednesday, April 26th from 7:30-9am at the Goodman Community Center.

Come check out the Isthmus Cask Ale Fest at the Madison Children's Museum from 7-10pm on Thursday, April 27th.

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce's IceBreaker returns for its third year on Friday, April 28th from 11am-1pm on the floor of the Kohl Center.

Join Wegner CPAs on Wednesday, May 3rd from 7:30-10am at the Sheraton Madison Hotel to learn 8 key points about Wisconsin Sales & Use Tax.

Register today for the Madison Region's Economic Development and Diversity Summit hosted by the Madison Region Economic Partnership and Urban League of Greater Madison taking place on Thursday, May 11th at the Monona Terrace.

To read more about these and other member related news and happenings, click here and to access the DMI member directory, click here.
Downtown Happenings

Badger Family Spring Visit, weekends through April
Wisconsin Film Festival, through April 6
Dane County Farmers' Market on the Square, Saturday's starting April 15
Dane County Farmers' Market on MLK Jr. Blvd, Wednesday's starting April 19
UW Varsity Band Concert, April 20-22
2017 Wisconsin Football Spring Game, April 21
Midwest Horse Fair, April 21-23
Doors Open Madison, April 23
UW-Madison All Campus Party Week, April 23-28
Crazylegs Classic, April 29

Monona Terrace community programs, various dates
Overture Center events, various dates
UW-Madison Athletic events, various dates

For a list of additional downtown events click here and here, and for downtown parking information click here.

DMI Partners

A special thank you to our DMI Pinnacle, Community, Madison and Downtown Partners listed below whose expertise and financial contributions play a significant role in the work of DMI and supporting downtown Madison!

Pinnacle Partners:

Community Partners:


Madison Partners:

Downtown Partners:
American Family Insurance, BMO Harris Bank, Dental Health Associates of Madison, Fresh Madison Market, The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, The Huntington National Bank, Johnson Bank, Mullins Group, LLC, National Guardian Life Insurance Company, Old National Bank, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, State Bank of Cross Plains, Strang Inc., UnityPoint Health-Meriter, University Book Store, UW Health & Unity Health Insurance and von Briesen & Roper, s.c.