Downtown Briefly - February 2018

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Message from the President

Hello DMI Members:

I hope everyone is having a great week. I am excited to share that the DMI Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2018 DMI Civic Agenda at its January meeting held last month. Please see an electronic version of the Civic Agenda here.

With much vetting and input from the DMI Standing Committees, the agenda is a set of civic priorities and action items that will help guide and drive DMI's work over the course of 2018. We want to thank all of the DMI members who contributed time and input into this year's document and want to encourage any members interested in getting involved in this work to reach out to the DMI staff about joining a standing committee. Committee participation is a great way to get to know the organization, expand your network and make an impact on issues facing our downtown, so contact the DMI staff if this is of interest to you.

Please let me know how I can help in anyway. Have a great day!

Jason Ilstrup,
DMI President

Downtown News

Downtown dog park may get artificial turf
Wisconsin State Journal, January 31, 2018

Madison weighs big changes for Breese Stevens Field
Wisconsin State Journal, January 25, 2018

Mayor Paul Soglin proposes moratorium on new downtown Madison alcohol licenses
The Cap Times, January 16, 2018

City wants input for future of James Madison Park
Wisconsin State Journal, January 13, 2018

Hotel on Judge Doyle Square would be Embassy Suites under developer proposal
Wisconsin State Journal, January 11, 2018

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.

Urban Issues

Great Cities Enable You to Live Longer
City Lab

To build an inclusive smart city, look through an age-friendly lens

Equity: A Natural Next Step in the Evolution of Cities
Urban Land Magazine

How choice makes city transportation smart and sustainable

The Safe Way to Ride Your Bike in Winter
City Lab

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

DMI Events Calendar

New Member Coffee
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 8:00-9:15am
von Briesen & Roper, s.c., 10 E. Doty St., Ste 1000

New Faces, New Places
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 5:00-7:00pm
Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St.

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Thursday, February 22, 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!
Alzheimer's Association
Bankers' Bank
Partners In Development
Spectrum Reach Madison Sales
The City of Madison Parks Division invites community members to fill out an online survey and attend an upcoming community input meeting on the James Madison Park master plan and shelter design.

Join DreamBank on Tuesday, February 20th from Noon-1pm to hear from Wayne Breitbarth about his "LinkedIn Game Plan for Success: Your One-Hour Weekly Playbook for Results."

Join the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce for their 2018 IceBreaker Luncheon on April 12th from 11am-1pm at the Kohl Center.

Join MOM on April 23rd through the 29th for their Annual Canstruction® Madison event.

The 37th Annual Crazylegs Classic race is happening on Saturday, April 28th at 10am starting on the Capitol Square, winding through the UW-Madison campus and finishing on the field in Camp Randall Stadium.

Omni Fight Club is offering membership discounts to DMI members at $99/month and the ability to try out some classes first with a free week trial.

Cresa Madison worked with Bunker Technologies to locate their new office space in downtown Madison on the third floor of 202 State Street.

Settlers bank is proud to announce that small business and commercial lender Ed Kinney has been recognized by WBD Inc. as a WBD Elite Lending Partner.

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, Feb. 2-4
Bike Winter Week, Feb. 2-9
WPT Garden Expo, Feb. 9-11
Madison Hotel Week, Feb. 9-19
Food Fight Foodie Week, Feb. 9-19
WIAA State, Boys Swimming & Diving, Feb. 16-17
Spring Primary Election, Tuesday, Feb. 20
WIAA State, Individual Wrestling, Feb. 22-24
International Festival, Saturday, Feb. 24
Late Winter Farmers' Market, Saturday's through Apr. 7

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, 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.