Downtown Briefly - January 2017

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Message from the President

Happy New Year DMI members! The beginning of the year is a great opportunity to thank the over 200 members who share their time and expertise by serving on one of DMI's active standing committees. DMI could not accomplish all that we do without your involvement and support, and for that we thank you! If you're not currently on a committee and are interested in joining one, please contact the DMI office.

In looking to the year ahead, the DMI Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2017 DMI Civic Agenda at their December meeting. The document outlines our work on an annual basis and our committees have a great amount of input. We want to thank all of you, our members, for your continued support of DMI and we look forward to continuing our work in 2017 for a healthy and vital downtown Madison for all!

Susan Schmitz, DMI President

Downtown News

Mayor Paul Soglin reintroduces proposal to limit sleeping on Downtown sidewalks
Wisconsin State Journal, January 3, 2017

Group hopes to turn MATC Downtown campus into new home for non-profits
Wisconsin State Journal, January 3, 2017

Madison Plan Commission approves land use for the Cosmos and Spark
The Cap Times, December 13, 2016

Homeless day resource center gets land use approval, moves closer to opening
Wisconsin State Journal, December 13, 2016

For the Record: Affordable Housing, December 1, 2016

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.

Urban Issues

Meet the High-Tech Buses of Tomorrow
City Lab

Vancouver's Multi-Modal Success Story

The Key to a Family-Friendly City? Family-Sized Housing
The Tyee

Putting Community at the Center of Mobility Equity
Next City

Sidewalk Labs and Transportation for America Team Up on "Smart Streets"
Next City

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

DMI Events Calendar

New Faces, New Places
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm
ESPN Madison
15 N. Pinckney St., #100

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:45-9:00am
The Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place

To view the full DMI events calendar, click here.

Member News
DMI welcomes new member!
The Creative Company
SunPeak partnered with Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua to install 1,056 solar panels on their fieldhouse rooftop, making it the largest school solar project in Wisconsin.

The Clean Lakes Alliance is now accepting applications until January 12, 2017 to fill limited spots in Madison's inaugural 2017 Yahara Watershed Academy class.

Come to DreamBank on Tuesday, January 17th from 8:30-10:30am for a workshop to learn the fundamentals and the strategy behind building a compelling brand including tips, materials and activities to apply to your business.

Join Wegner CPAs for the next Wake Up with Wegner on Thursday, January 19th from 7:30-9:00am at the Sheraton Madison Hotel.

Get your tickets today for Frostiball 2017 taking place on Saturday, January 21st! Enjoy a night of dancing to live music, sipping signature craft cocktails and much more, all while supporting the state's largest nonprofit arts organization, Overture Center for the Arts.

Join Sustain Dane and over 80 local businesses at the next Sustainable Business Network breakfast meeting on January 25th from 7:30-9:30am at the Goodman Community Center.

On Thursday, January 26th from 5:00-7:00pm, the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County will be holding their Enlance networking event at the Emerging Business Development Center, located in the Chase Bank building at 802 W. Broadway, Suite 102, Monona and designed to help Latino startups.

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

32nd Annual Madison-Dane County King Holiday Observance, Monday, January 16
Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, Saturday, January 21
Frostiball, Saturday, January 21
Winter Restaurant Week, January 22-27
Late Winter Farmers' Market, Saturday's starting Jan. 7

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.