Downtown Briefly - February 2019
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Message from the President
I hope everyone is having a wonderful, and warm, beginning of 2019. The new year's already been eventful for DMI with the creation of the 2019 Civic Agenda. This year's Civic Agenda is very different from past editions; with a streamlined approached focused more on DMI's goals and objectives. The new Civic Agenda will enable DMI and its members to zealously and effectively advocate for a more robust, inclusive, mobile and safer downtown Madison. We encourage all our members to review the Agenda and get more involved in advocating for downtown Madison.

As Madison moves from a big little city to little big city, it is imperative everyone's voices are heard. We are all helping decide what our city will look like for generations to come. There are several ways DMI members can have their voices heard. One is to help implement our Civic Agenda by attending committee meetings, participating in our events or letting us know your thoughts on our changing downtown. An engaged audience can help ensure an even stronger downtown for everyone.

Jason Ilstrup,
DMI President
Downtown News
City to ask for affordable housing in Judge Doyle Square developer proposals
Wisconsin State Journal, February 1, 2019

Madison second-safest city in which to walk, national report says
Wisconsin State Journal, January 29, 2019

Madison Youth Arts Center gets $20 million gift from Pleasant Rowland
Wisconsin State Journal, January 14, 2019

Madison looks to expand, strengthen development tool aimed at adding jobs
Wisconsin State Journal, January 14, 2019

Everything you think you know about Madison business is changing
Madison Magazine, December 20, 2018

The Downtown Down-Low Podcast
New in 2019, DMI has launched The Downtown Down-Low podcast! This series of monthly podcasts offers listeners a chance to hear from DMI members and learn something new about downtown Madison. Check out the first two podcast episodes where Jason Ilstrup, DMI President, talks with Stacy Nemeth, Immediate Past Board Chair of DMI and COO of the Fiore Companies and Justin Kibbel, Marketing Manager at The Sylvee!

City of Madison Top of State RFP
The City of Madison has issued a Request for Proposals to solicit innovative and inclusive activation proposals (commerce, programming, etc.) for a business, nonprofit or other entity to implement at the Top of State located at the intersection of State Street and the Capitol Square. Proposals are due by Monday, March 4, 2019 at 2pm CST.

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.
Urban Issues
25 simple resolutions you can make to improve your city in 2019
Fast Company

The Bus System of the Future

Next City Looks Ahead at the Next 15 Years
Next City

Which cities make it easiest to commute without a car?
Fast Company

In coworking era, pricey urban real estate does double duty

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, February 6, 2019, 8:00-9:15am
von Briesen & Roper, s.c., 10 E. Doty St., Suite 1000

New Faces, New Places
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 4:00-6:00pm
The Spark, 821 E. Washington Ave.

Opportunity Zone Symposium
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 7:30-9:30am
Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 215

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7:45-9:00am
The Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place

For a full list of upcoming DMI events, click here.
Member News
DMI welcomes new members!
Avid Risk Solutions
Chazen Museum of Art
Just in Time Refrigeration
Latino Academy of Workforce Development
Merrill Lynch - JML II Team
Morgan Stanley
Small Batch Law
On Monday, February 4 from 5:00-7:00pm at The Sylvee, 25 S. Livingston St., you are invited to celebrate the launch of Kiva Greater Madison, a program designed to support local small business owners and entrepreneurs with 0% interest crowdfunded microloans all over the world. Come learn how you can get involved and make an impact in our area's small business community.

On Thursdays, February 7 - April 18 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Urban League of Greater Madison, the Madison Wisconsin Institutes for the Healing of Racism, Inc. is holding a 10-week series aimed to raise consciousness about the history and pathology of racism and help heal racism in individuals, communities, and institutions in Madison.  They will also be holding a Face to Face Special Saturday session on March 2 from 11am-4pm.

Get tickets for How I Became a Pirate presented by the Children's Theater of Madison running from February 16-March 2 at Overture Center for the Arts.

On Wednesday, February 20 from 5:00-7:00pm, you are invited to the Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison Workshop Tour and Reception where you'll get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to get thousands of bikes into the hands of kids and families.

The City of Madison will be holding an Historic Preservation Plan Open House on Wednesday, February 27 from 5:00-7:00pm in Room 260 of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The Foundation for Madison's Public Schools is seeking a full-time Development Assistant to support Foundation staff in their efforts to fulfill their mission and to implement their 2018-2021 strategic plan.

Kahler Slater, a global, award-winning design firm, relocated their Madison office from the Capitol Square to 722 Williamson St.

Old National Bank is pleased to announce the promotions of Kevin Anderson to Wisconsin Region CEO and Traci Mann to Wisconsin Region President.

To read more about these and other member related news and happenings, click here.
Downtown Happenings
Winter Bike Week, Feb. 1-8
WPT Garden & Landscape Expo, Feb. 8-10
Madison Hotel Week, Feb. 8-18
WIAA State, Boys Swimming & Diving, Feb. 15-16
Spring Primary Election, Tuesday, Feb. 19
WIAA State, Individual Wrestling, Feb. 21-23
International Festival, Saturday, Feb. 23
WIAA State, Hockey (Boys), Feb. 28 - Mar. 2
WIAA State, Hockey (Girls), Mar. 1-2
WIAA State, Wrestling (Team), Mar. 1-2
Madison Kids Expo, Mar. 2-3
Late Winter Farmers' Market, Saturday's, through Apr. 6

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, Johnson Financial Group, Mullins Group, LLC, National Guardian Life Insurance Company, Park Bank, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, State Bank of Cross Plains, Strang Inc. and TCF Bank