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Message from the President
Sometimes it just feels like things are happening. Monday, June 11, 2018 is one of those days. I felt like I was part of a day when it happened (and yes...I will sing that to the Hamilton tune if you ask nicely).

On June 11 two seminal events happened in Madison. First, Madison College broke ground on its south campus off Park Street. Years in the making the campus will dynamically change South Madison by meeting the needs of the community within the community, increase access to higher education and help train the workforce of tomorrow. The campus will help create jobs where they are needed most in Madison.

Later in the afternoon DMI was honored to co-host a sneak peak of the new StartingBlock offices on East Washington Avenue. StartingBlock will "create intersections that cultivate entrepreneurs, build innovative companies and drive ideas into reality." While touring the facility for the first time you could see exactly where Madison's next big companies will start, employing our City and building stronger community throughout.

June 11 will go down as a day when it happened; when Madison grew up, started delivering on its promise to help all members of its community and build a more inclusive economy where everyone has access to a good education and a high paying job. This is only the beginning, and there surely are plenty of challenges ahead, but it a great start.

Jason Ilstrup,
DMI President
Downtown News
Madison officials considering TIF policy revisions for jobs projects
The Cap Times, June 27, 2018

StartingBlock off to the races building 'community of support' for entrepreneurs
Wisconsin State Journal, June 27, 2018

Street Street hotel plans refined as development team seeks land use approvals
Wisconsin State Journal, June 25, 2018

Developer proposes 10-story office tower for East Washington Avenue
Wisconsin State Journal, June 21, 2018

Council approves multimillion dollar revamp of busy John Nolen intersection, June 19, 2018

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.
Urban Issues
Copenhagenize your city: the case for urban cycling in 12 graphs
The Guardian

In Search of the 'Just City'
City Lab

Big Tech Isn't the Problem With Homelessness. It's All of Us

UK-based Design Council's report explores links between public space and health

Five ways bricks-and-mortar shops can survive the onslaught of e-commerce
The Conversation

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, July 12, 2018, 5:00-7:00pm
GRAEF and The QTI Group
1010 E. Washington Ave.

Nosh at Noon
Friday, July 20, 2018, 11:45am-1:00pm
Fresh Madison Market, 703 University Ave.

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Friday, July 27, 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 member!
CrossGen Solutions
The Edgewater is celebrating 70 years of live music on the lake with a special addition to their Summer of Music with Grammy® award winning band, Blues Traveler on Saturday, July 21st from 5:00-10:00pm.

RMR Financial Advisors, LLC has modified their company name to RMR Wealth Advisors to bring them more in line with the overall assistance and support they provide.

Kahler Slater is pleased to announce that Glenn Roby and Al Krueger have been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President at the company.

Settlers bank continues to grow and is excited to announce the addition of Eric Ravnikar to their team as Mortgage Loan Processor.

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced the addition of Samantha C. Skenandore to the firm's Real Estate Practice Group in its Madison office.

Sustain Dane is hiring a 1.0 FTE, benefits eligible, Director of Sustainable Business.

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
Concerts on the Rooftop, Thursday, July 5, 12 & 19
Madison Early Music Festival, July 7-14
Art Fair on the Square, July 14-15
Art Fair Off the Square, July 14-15
Maxwell Street Days, July 20-22
Live on King Street, Friday, July 20, Aug. 3, 17, 24 & Sep. 7
Restaurant Week, July 22-27
Bucky on Parade, now through Sep. 12
Bucky on Parade Capitol Square Tours, Wed., July 25 & Aug. 22
Lunchtime Live, Tuesday's through Aug. 28
Concerts on the Square, Wednesday's through Aug. 1
Madison Night Market, Thursday, Aug. 9 & Sep. 13
Mad City Water Ski Show, Sunday's through Sep. 2 (no show July 22 & Aug. 12)
Dane County Farmers' Market, Saturday's & Wednesday's

Summer in YOUR City programs
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, 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.