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Message from the President
Summer in Madison means events. Whether it's Concerts on the Square, Maxwell Street Days or Art Fair; thousands of people descend on downtown to have fun and spend their money. Events like these are very important to the health and vitality of downtown Madison. They ensure all our restaurants tables are filled, stores remain busy and our workers keep working. Without events in Madison, we would not have as many cultural amenities as we have today.

Last year saw a new event arrive in Madison; the CrossFit Games. Although it's held at the Alliant Energy Center, the impacts on downtown are pronounced. The attendees come to have fun and they want to do it downtown. The Games have quickly become an important part of Madison's vitality.

The CrossFit Games are magnificent for so many reasons: the incredible athleticism; the beauty of summer; and the complete transformation of the Alliant Energy Center Campus (this truly shows us how a renovated area will have a dramatic, positive impact on Madison).

Take my advice, get a ticket to this years CrossFit games. Your support of events like this will keep them in Madison, help the downtown economy and let Madison shine on a national stage.

Jason Ilstrup,
DMI President
Downtown News
Contagious and healthy, The CrossFit Games are a good fit for Madison
Isthmus, July 26, 2018

Madison City Council approves modified flag design
Wisconsin State Journal, July 24, 2018

Judge Doyle Square designs earn praise for ability to stand alone if development deal falls through
The Cap Times, July 19, 2018

State Street hotel design tweaked, Landmarks Commission gives approval
Isthmus, July 10, 2018

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.
Urban Issues
The Rise of 'Urban Tech'
City Lab

Cities Will Automate First. We Should Prepare Now.
City Lab

Google Is Building a City of the Future in Toronto. Would Anyone Want to Live There?
Politico Magazine

Millennials Are Happiest in Cities
City Lab

Bike Advocacy's Blind Spot
City Lab

DMI's work focuses on issues, projects and initiatives similar to those effecting many cities and downtowns. Above are interesting links that highlight urban issues and discussions taking place around the country and the world. For more articles on downtown and urban issues, click here.
DMI Events Calendar
New Member Coffee
Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 8:00-9:15am
von Briesen & Roper, s.c., 10 E. Doty St., Suite 1000

New Faces, New Places
Thursday, August 9, 2018, 5:00-7:00pm
Graduate Madison, 601 Langdon St.

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Friday, August 17, 2018, 7:45-9:00am
The Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place

Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 3:00-5:00pm
Memorial Union and Alumni Park, 800 Langdon St.

To view the full DMI events calendar, click here.
Member News
DMI welcomes new members!
Kilter Rewards
McGinnis Design LLC
ParqEx, Inc.
Sid Grinker Restoration, Inc.
StartingBlock Madison
Be part of history on Wednesday, August 1st from 5-8pm when the World's largest cheese board featuring over 3,500lbs of Wisconsin cheese will be on display on King Street, sponsored by DMI members such as Fromagination and Park Hotel.

Want to experience what's next for Greater Madison's economy? Join the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce for neXXpo 2018 on Thursday, Aug. 16th from 2:30-6pm at the Overture Center.

Join The Edgewater for their inaugural Labor Day Weekend: Feed the Blues Festival on Saturday, September 1st from 4-9pm celebrating the best in blues music and the food it inspires.

Community Shares of Wisconsin invites you to attend the 2018 Community Change-Maker Awards Event on Thursday, September 20th from 5-7pm at Union South.

The Madison Metropolitan School District along with the Dane County School Consortium are hosting their 2nd Annual FutureQuest this coming December. To learn how to participate, click here.

Welcome to Summit Credit Union who recently opened a 2,250-square-foot branch on the ground level of the Hub Madison apartment complex located at 567 State Street.

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Jeffery P. Phillips has joined the firm's Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditor's Rights Practice Group and Brian D. Anderson joined the firm's Real Estate Practice Group in its Madison office.

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
2018 CrossFit Games, August 1-5
Concerts on the Square, Wednesday, Aug. 1
Dane Dances!, Friday's, August 3-31
Live on King Street, Friday, Aug. 3, 17, 24 & Sep. 7
Jazz at Five, Wednesday's, Aug. 8-Sep. 5
Madison Night Market, Thursday, Aug. 9 & Sep. 13
The Forward Festival, Aug. 16-23
Madison Mini Marathon, Saturday, Aug. 18
Outreach Pride Parade, Sunday, Aug. 19
Yum Yum Fest, Sunday, Aug. 19
Bucky on Parade, now through Sep. 12
Bucky on Parade Capitol Square Tour, Wednesday, Aug. 22
Lunchtime Live, Tuesday's through Aug. 28
Mad City Water Ski Show, Sunday's through Sep. 2 (no show Aug. 12)
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, Carlson Black O'Callaghan & Battenberg LLP, 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.