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Message from the President
Happy New Year to everyone at DMI! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. 2018 was an exciting year for DMI with the organization ushering in several important changes including the hiring of yours truly (jury is certainly still out on that one), welcoming dozens of new members, adding Liz White as our policy researcher and creating a new, streamlined, Civic Agenda.

Please take the time to review the new 2019 Civic Agenda. The document sets forth DMI's advocacy goals and objectives for the year. The Civic Agenda, along with its corresponding task list, focuses the organizations attention on what is important to our members. All six of our standing committees assisted in creating the agenda ensuring that the document is truly the voice of DMI.

2019 is shaping up to be an even more exciting year for DMI. There are several new events and programs in the works. Plus, we look forward to a new website soon. Please help us make downtown Madison strong, safe, accessible and inclusive by supporting and participating in DMI in 2019. Thank you for a fantastic 2018 and here's to an even better 2019.

Jason Ilstrup,
DMI President
Downtown News
Judge Doyle Square project faces critical vote next week
The Cap Times, January 3, 2019

Plan for expansive Alliant Energy Center overhaul gets committee approval
Wisconsin State Journal, December 20, 2018

James Madison Park master planning process focused on community engagement, access
The Cap Times, December 19, 2018

Madison to begin bus rapid transit study
The Cap Times, December 10, 2018

Public parking garage on Madison's Near East Side opens
Wisconsin State Journal, December 6, 2018

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.
Urban Issues
6 Trends that will define smart cities in 2019
Smart Cities Dive

Curiosity and artistry: 6 takeaways on downtowns

For Those Experiencing Homelessness, 'The Bin' Honors Their Belongings
Next City

Why Does Universal Street Design Matter? Ensuring Accessibility for All in Belo Horizonte
The City Fix

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 Faces, New Places
Thursday, January 10, 2019, 4:00-6:00pm
Boulders Climbing Gym, 25 W. Main St.

Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 3:00-5:00pm
Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street
Registration opens Friday, Jan. 4 at 8am!

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 7:45-9:00am
The Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place

For more information on DMI events, click here.
Member News
DMI welcomes new members!
Latino Professionals Association
Madison Bikes, in cooperation with DMI presents, Madison to Berlin and Back: Civic Activism For a More Livable City--a conversation with Dirk von Schneidemesser, Board Member of the Berlin-based Organization Changing Cities, on Friday, January 4 from 6-7:30pm at HotelRED.

Join DreamBank for their Marketing in the Experience Era with Amber Swenor event on Tuesday, January 15, Noon-1:15pm.

Overture Center for the Arts invites you to attend downtown's premier night out at the Frostiball on Saturday, January 26 starting at 8:30pm.

Join Clean Lakes Alliance at the 5th Annual Frozen Assets Festival on February 1-3 at The Edgewater Hotel and Lake Mendota for free and family-friendly winter activities, a Fat Bike Race, 5K run/walk and Fundraiser.

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.

IMEG Corp. is happy to announce that Abby Pertzborn, a structural engineer with the company has been named a 2019 Top Young Professional by the Midwest edition of Engineering News Record.

JLA Architects is proud to announce that Rafeeq Asad has joined their architectural team in Madison.

The law firm DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. announced they have reorganized to DeWitt LLP, effective January 1, 2019.

To read more about these and other member related news and happenings, click here.
Downtown Happenings
Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, Saturday, Jan. 19
Winter Restaurant Week, Jan. 20-25
34th Annual Madison-Dane County King Holiday Observance, Monday, Jan. 21
Folk Ball Festival, Jan. 25-27
Frostiball 2019, Saturday, Jan. 26
Frozen Assets Festival, Feb. 1-3
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., TCF Bank, UnityPoint Health-Meriter,and UW Health & Quartz