Downtown Briefly - August 2017

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Message from the President

Happy late summer to all of you! I think by now most of you know that I will be stepping down from my position as the President of DMI at the end of 2017. This has been the best job I could ever have and I want to thank everyone for all of your support! To be part of and watch DMI grow over the last 19 years has brought me great joy. I will not be leaving this city or the downtown-this is where my passion lies. I plan to stay involved in as many ways that I can to make sure that downtown Madison grows and is a place that is welcoming for everyone to live, work, start a business, visit and play. I think the next 5-10 years will be a time of challenges for the downtown but also a time of great opportunities-if I was 25 years younger I would apply for this job in 5 minutes! I will continue to work with and alongside all of you on this important work!

DMI has formed a search committee and they have retained The QTI Group for the process. An official job profile will be posted soon. If anyone has any questions for me please do not hesitate to call. Any concerns related to DMI's work and future plans please contact Stacy Nemeth/DMI Board Chair. I look forward to celebrating with all of you over the next five months especially at our annual State of the Downtown on Wednesday, September 20th from 7:30-9:00am at Overture Center for the Arts and DMI Annual Dinner on October 30th from 5:00-8:30pm at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center!

Susan Schmitz, DMI President

Downtown News

Madison City Council poised to decide on moped parking restrictions next week
Wisconsin State Journal, July 24, 2017

Metro Transit satellite bus garage still 'top priority' despite outside funding lack
Wisconsin State Journal, July 24, 2017

Madison Common Council approves UW Campus Master Plan, July 20, 2017

Madison eyes massive redevelopment of deteriorating housing complex called 'the Triangle'
Wisconsin State Journal, July 16, 2017

State board grants initial approval for development of MATC Downtown campus
Wisconsin State Journal, July 14, 2017

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.

Urban Issues

The Complexities Of Wisconsin Transportation

A Promising New Coalition Looks to Rewrite the Politics of Urban Housing

The Places for Bikes Conference in Madison
Ryan Van Duzer Channel,

New Public and Private Funding Strategies for Urban Parks
Meeting of the Minds

What It Will Take To (Finally) Make A Bike-Share System That'll Benefit Everyone
Fast Company

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

DMI Events Calendar

New Member Coffee
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 8:00-9:15am
von Briesen & Roper s.c., 10 E. Doty St., Ste. 1000

New Faces, New Places
Thursday, August 10, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm
Hovde Building, 122 W. Washington Ave., 1st Floor

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Thursday, August 24, 2017, 7:45-9:00am
The Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place

Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 3:00-5:00pm
Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Ave.

To view the full DMI events calendar, click here.

Member News
DMI welcomes new members!
Bobbie Harte Photography
Common Wealth Development
Foundation for Madison's Public Schools
Westbury Bank
Cresa Madison represented National Decision Support Company in their move to nearly 11,000 sf on the 5th floor of the 316 W. Washington Building.

Wisconsin's largest technology and entrepreneurship festival, The Forward Festival is taking place August 17-24.

Join the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce for neXXpo 2017 on Monday, August 21st at 5pm at the Overture Center for the Arts!

Join Community Shares of Wisconsin on Wednesday, August 23rd from 5-7pm at Plan B as they host a happy hour as part of Forward Fest 2017.

You are invited to attend a special panel discussion as part of Forward Fest 2017 on "Exploring business opportunities in downtown Madison" happening on Thursday, August 24th from 4-5:30pm at Harvest and presented in partnership with WWBIC.

Join the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County and designCraft Advertising as they celebrate at the next Enlace event at the newly remodeled Park Hotel on Thursday, August 24th from 6-8pm.

Check out The Cap Times Idea Fest, a two-day festival with two dozen sessions on September 16-17 staged across three buildings on the UW-Madison campus and focused on the themes of the economy, equity, education, politics, journalism and culture.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is hiring a Director of Campus and Visitor Relations. Click here for the job description and information on how to apply.

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

YOUR Lunch Time Live, Tuesday's, Aug 1-29
Concerts on the Square, Wednesday, Aug 2
2017 CrossFit Games, August 3-6
Dane Dances!, Friday's, August 4-25
Live on King Street, Friday's, Aug 4, 18, Sep 15, 29
Yum Yum Fest, Sunday, Aug 6
Jazz at Five, Wednesday's, Aug 9-Sep 6
The Forward Festival, Aug 17-24
Madison Mini Marathon, Saturday, August 19
Mad City Water Ski Show, Sunday's through Sep 3 (no show 8/13)
Dane County Farmers' Market, Saturday's & Wednesday's

Summer in YOUR City programs
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, Dental Health Associates of Madison, Fresh Madison Market, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, The Huntington National Bank, 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, University Book Store, UW Health & Unity Health Insurance and von Briesen & Roper, s.c.