Downtown Briefly - January 2018

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Message from the President

Happy 2018 to the DMI family. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.

The new year brings significant change to DMI. After 19 years, Susan Schmitz retired in December as President of Downtown Madison, Inc. Susan lead our organization with aplomb. Her expertise helped create the downtown we enjoy today. DMI and the City of Madison are indebted to her hard work, knowledge, and enduring enthusiasm for our community. Thank you, Susan.

I am honored and excited to become the next leader of DMI. In the coming months, I hope to connect directly with as many of you as possible. With the help of DMI's fantastic team of John, Carol Ann and Madelyn and all our dedicated members, we will ensure that downtown continues to thrive. I look forward to working with all of you to build a welcoming, accessible, dynamic downtown for every business, resident and visitor.

Jason Ilstrup,
DMI President

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Downtown News

New regulation stops moped drivers from parking on sidewalks in downtown Madison, January 2, 2018

Madison bike-sharing program grows as industry changes, December 17, 2017

The Beacon is helping more people than expected, needs volunteers and donations, December 13, 2017

City making Park Street a 'connected vehicle corridor', December 7, 2017

MATC to work with Drury Southwest hotel company on Downtown redevelopment
Wisconsin State Journal, December 7, 2017

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.

Urban Issues

How kid-friendly urban design makes cities better for all

Cities Like Madison Lead The Way To Local Clean Energy

Why downtown parking garages may be headed for extinction
The Inquirer

Leisure, health care, education and services key to future of retail centers: Report

New Design Guide Signals the Way to More Inclusive Bike Planning
Next City

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

DMI Events Calendar

New Faces, New Places
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 5:00-7:00pm
Old National Bank, 25 W. Main St.

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Friday, January 19, 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!
Triumph Wealth Management
Wolf Paving and Excavating of Madison
Sustain Dane invites you to join them at the 9th Annual MPower Champion Public Showcase happening on Friday, January 19th from 7:30-9:30am at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

The Madison chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry will host its 2018 NARI Remodeling Expo from January 19-21 at the Madison Marriott Convention Center.

Join Sustain Dane at their next Sustainable Business Network Quarterly Meeting: "We Are Still In" - Our Local Commitment to the Paris Agreement, happening on Wednesday, January 24th from 7:30-9am at the Goodman Community Center.

Cresa Madison was engaged by Moxe Health to assist in negotiating a new lease for their office space at 2 South Carroll Street.

With an eye to the future and great record of accomplishment, Natural Heritage Land Trust is excited to announce its new name, Groundswell Conservancy.

von Briesen & Roper, s.c. has expanded by adding 22 lawyers and all of the staff formerly of the law firm Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C. and 3 lawyers and the staff formerly of the law firm Levine & Bazelon, S.C.

National Guardian Life Insurance Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Amie Goldman, Erik Johnson, David Kruger and Daniel Olszewski to its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2018.

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

33rd Annual Madison-Dane County King Holiday Observance, Monday, Jan. 15
Folk Ball Festival, Jan. 19-21
Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, Saturday, Jan. 20
Winter Restaurant Week, Jan. 21-26
Overture's Frostiball 2018, Saturday, Jan. 27
Late Winter Farmers' Market, Saturday's, Jan. 6-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.