Downtown Briefly - February 2017

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Message from the President

One asset that DMI has always had is its involved and committed Board of Directors. Every year we welcome new Board members and we would like to recognize the new Board members for 2017: Betty Bergquist/American Family Insurance; Len Devaisher/Old National Bank; Steve Landry/JP Cullen; Jamie Logsdon/SSM Health; Mayra Medrano/Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County; Eric Upchurch/Opportunity, Inc.; Ja'Mel Ware/Intellectual Ratchet; Kelly Ruppel/Madison Metropolitan School District; and Leslie Orrantia/UW-Madison Chancellor's Office.

We also want to thank DMI Board members whose terms were up or changes were made in their organization: Dianne Christensen/L'Etoile/Graze; Sandy Lampman/St. Mary's Hospital Foundation; Dan Reed/American Family Insurance; Victor Rodriguez/Isthmus Partners, LLC; and Pablo Sanchez/Park Bank. DMI exists because of and for our members. We value your membership and we appreciate your involvement. Thank you!

Susan Schmitz, DMI President

Downtown News

East Wash office and music venue project approved to build to 8 stories
Wisconsin State Journal, January 24, 2017

Judge Doyle Square developer accelerates design process
The Cap Times, January 12, 2017

Intercity bus stop changes Downtown location
Wisconsin State Journal, January 6, 2017

Proposed long-range transportation plan for Madison emphasizes biking, walking, bus rapid transit
The Cap Times, January 5, 2017

5 proposals selected for downtown Madison College building, January 4, 2017

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.

Urban Issues

Finding Joy in Urban Winters
City Lab

The United States of Homelessness (infographic)
Pacific Standard Magazine

Nature Cities: Wellness and public space

Math myth-busting some of our worst urban planning misconceptions
Metro News

'The Future of Cities' Documentary Explores Urban Fixes
City Lab

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

DMI Events Calendar

New Faces, New Places
Thursday, February 9, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm
The Orpheum Theater
216 State Street

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7:45-9:00am
The Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place

Nosh at Noon
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 11:45am-1:00pm
Fresh Madison Market
703 University Ave., 2nd floor event room

To view the full DMI events calendar, click here.

Member News
DMI welcomes new members!
Acuity Consulting Services LLC
Lucsay Law LLC
Lutheran Social Services
Strategic Structural Design
Come join The Orpheum Theater for a night full of music and dancing at their 80s Prom Night this Friday, February 3rd at 7:00pm.

The Madison Ballet takes the stage again with "Bare", a selection of short works running from February 3-4 at The Bartell Theater.

On Friday, February 10th from 6:30-11:00pm the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County will host its 8th Annual Hearts for Helping Wine & Cheese Tasting Event presented by The Madison Concourse Hotel.

Join the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County on February 25th from 5:00-11:00pm for their Annual Gala at the Marriott West.

You're invited to Porchlight's Chef Tasting on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00pm at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

Mark your calendars for the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce's third annual IceBreaker coming to the Kohl Center on Friday, April 28th from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Cresa helped Gravy, a new software startup, find a home at 202 State Street.

Park Bank and Hausmann-Johnson Insurance are pleased to announce their partnership to create Park Capital Management, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor.

Congrats to National Guardian Life Insurance Company for recently reaffirming its A- (Excellent) rating!

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

Frozen Assets Festival, February 3-5
Bike Winter Week, February 3-10
Madison Hotel Week, February 10-19
WIAA State, Boys Swimming & Diving, February 17-18
WIAA State, Individual Wrestling, February 23-25
International Festival at Overture, February 25
Late Winter Farmers' Market, Saturday's through April 8 

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, 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, Urban Land Interests, UW Health & Unity Health Insurance and von Briesen & Roper, s.c.