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Message from the President
Happy Spring! Well...happy 30-degree day at least. Spring's coming...right?

No matter the weather, April means Spring elections in Wisconsin. On Tuesday, April 3rd Wisconsinites all over this great state will head to the polls to select a Supreme Court Justice, Dane County Supervisors, School Boards, Judges and Suburban City/Village leaders. For a great way to find out who is on your ballot use: No matter your political stripes it is imperative that you vote. This is your best way to be heard.

Along with voting, DMI members can also participate in the civic process by attending DMI meetings where we discuss the issues of the day, work to find common/smart solutions and put them into action. Over the last quarter the DMI Government Relations Committee has meet with several of our elected officials including Alder Zach Wood, Alder Ledell Zellers and State Representative Chris Taylor to discuss how to make downtown Madison even stronger. Please remember to vote on Tuesday, April 3rd and join us for a committee meeting so that you can have your voice heard.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Jason Ilstrup,
DMI President
Downtown News
Revised plans focus solely on hotel space for MATC Downtown campus development
Wisconsin State Journal, March 28, 2018

Walk on by: Madison expands effort to count downtown pedestrians
Isthmus, March 21, 2018

Explainer: What is Madison doing to better connect the downtown to its lakes?
The Cap Times, March 16, 2018

Closing TIF districts will generate $15 million for affordable housing
Wisconsin State Journal, March 6, 2018

For The Record: New leadership for Downtown Madison Inc., March 4, 2018

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.
Urban Issues
The Geography of Millennial Talent
City Lab

Metro Monitor 2018
The Brookings Institution

How Transit-Oriented Development Can Prevent Displacement
City Lab

Why Does Milwaukee Have So Many Business Improvement Districts?
Shepherd Express

Plugging In: Readying America's Cities for the Arrival of Electric Vehicles
WISPIRG Foundation

For more articles on downtown and urban issues, click here.
DMI Events Calendar
Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - SOLD OUT
Wisconsin State Capitol, 2 E. Main St.

New Faces, New Places
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 5:00-7:00pm
Industrious, 25 W. Main St., 5th Floor

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:45-9:00am
The Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place

To view the full DMI events calendar, click here.
Member News
DMI welcomes new members!
Creative Business Interiors
Free Bikes 4 Kids Madison, Inc.
Literacy Network
Madison Area Urban Ministry (MUM)
More Smiles Wisconsin
One City Schools
World Leadership Partners
Join Sustain Dane for the 6th annual Sustainability Sideshow, a unique twist on Adult Swim at the Madison Children's Museum on Friday, April 6th from 6-10pm!

Wisconsin Distributors invites you to the 8th Annual Bud Light Barstool Open taking place on Saturday, April 7th from 8am-4pm at 12+ participating bars in downtown Madison.

St. Vincent de Paul invites you to the 3rd annual Care Café on Tuesday, April 10th from 7-8:30am at the Alliant Energy Center.

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce's 2018 IceBreaker Luncheon is taking place on Thursday, April 12th from 11am-1pm at the Kohl Center.

Join the Madison Area Sports Commission and ESPN Madison for the next Morning Sports Report on a special date, Monday, April 16th from 10-11:30am at HotelRED.

Join the Madison Public Library and some local children and childcare organizations for Wisconsin Strong! on Tuesday, April 17th from 10am-noon on the 3rd floor of Madison's Central Library.

Springtime Mom & Me Tea at The Statehouse of The Edgewater is back by popular demand on Sunday, April 22nd from 2:30-4:30pm.

On April 23-29, join MOM for their Annual Canstruction® Madison event.

Please join Madison Area Urban Ministry at the MUM Partners for Change Luncheon on Tuesday, April 24th from 11am-1:30pm at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club.

You are invited to Leading Madison Businesses to a Stronger 2018, an executive briefing event on Thursday, April 26th from 8-11am at the Fluno Center hosted by Dr. Kiu Leung of Renaissance Executive Forums.

Join the Alzheimer's Association and Zoup! of Middleton for a Dine Out to Help Out night on Thursday, April 26th from 4-8pm.

Sign-up today for the 37th Annual Crazylegs Classic race happening on Saturday, April 28th starting at 10am on the Capitol Square to benefit the UW Athletic Department.

Join the Clean Lakes Alliance for their Save Our Lakes Breakfast: A Community Conversation With Our Lakes on Wednesday, May 2nd from 7-9:15am at the Monona Terrace.

Please join the United Way of Dane County at the Community Volunteer Awards on Wednesday, May 2nd from 11am-1:15pm at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club.

The Foundation for Madison's Public Schools invites you to attend their Adopt-a-School Summit happening on Thursday, May 3rd from 8-11am at Door Creek Church.

Operation Fresh Start invites you to attend the Fresh Start Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 4th from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Hilton Garden Inn.

On Wednesday, May 16th from 8am-4pm at Monona Terrace, join the Madison Region Economic Partnership and Urban League of Greater Madison for The Madison Region's Economic Development and Diversity Summit.

You are invited to Isthmus Uncorked happening on Saturday, May 19th from 3-6pm at Central Park.

Monona Terrace presents Meditation at Monona Terrace on Wednesdays through May 30th from noon-12:45pm.

Settlers bank is excited to announce the addition of Tammy Caravello as a Commercial Portfolio Manager and Susan Fischer as a Mortgage Loan Officer to the Settlers bank team.

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
Spring Election, Tuesday, Apr. 3
Martin Luther King Jr. 50th Commemoration, Wednesday, Apr. 4
Wisconsin Film Festival, Apr. 5-12
UW-Madison Science Expeditions, Apr. 6-8
Wisconsin Football Spring Game, Friday, Apr. 13
Dane County Farmers' Market, Apr. 14-Nov.10
UW Varsity Band Concert, Apr. 19-21
Midwest Horse Fair, Apr. 20-22
Crazylegs Classic, Saturday, Apr. 28

Monona Terrace community programs
Overture Center events
Madison Central Library programs and events
UW-Madison Athletic events

For a list of additional downtown events click 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, First Weber Group, Fresh Madison Market, Johnson Bank, Mullins Group, LLC, National Guardian Life Insurance Company, Old National Bank, Park Bank, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, State Bank of Cross Plains, Strang Inc., UnityPoint Health-Meriter, UW Health & Quartz and von Briesen & Roper, s.c.