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Message from the President
Transportation is always on my mind. Be it that I live in a one car household or that I'm a transportation geek, I am always thinking about how people get from one place to the next.

Never more did I think about transportation than last week. I had a schedule loaded with meetings all throughout the Madison region and didn't have access to our car. Thanks to my legs and some useful technology I made it to every meeting on time and only minorly sweaty. The day started with a bike trip into work followed by walking to several meetings downtown. I then took an Uber to a meeting on the far west side, hopped on the 15 Metro Transit Bus back downtown, walked to several more meetings, grabbed a ride back from the east side and then biked home.

What fascinates me the most is that this is not a unique story for people in Madison. Everyday residents throughout the region put a lot of time, thought and resources in how their transportation works. More and more people are using several modes of transportation each day. As this story becomes more prevalent, organizations like DMI need to fight to expand transportation options, create new bus routes, build bus rapid transit lines, add more protected bike lanes, grow bike-share and get ready for automated vehicles. Madison must build the best multi-modal transportation system possible so that we become a more equitable city and are able to quickly and efficiently move our workforce, residents and visitors.

Jason Ilstrup,
DMI President
Downtown News
Unused Monroe Street Crazylegs triangle will become green 'mini-oasis'
The Cap Times, May 22, 2018

It's official: Madison pro soccer team will join USL Division III league as founding member in 2019
Wisconsin State Journal, May 18, 2018

Madison City Council approves additional $11 million for Judge Doyle Square development
Wisconsin State Journal, May 16, 2018

Proposed zoning changes would allow Madison food carts to operate on private property
The Cap Times, May 15, 2018

Revised hotel plans bring larger State Street presence as new buildings acquired
Wisconsin State Journal, May 2, 2018

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.
Urban Issues
The New Magnetism of Mid-size Cities

5 Reasons for Cities to Value their Downtowns
Meeting of the Minds Blog

These Are The Best Cities For Biking In The U.S.
Fast Company

Want a more equitable city? Try food-oriented design

Public-private partnerships providing a boost to municipalities
RE Journals

For more articles on downtown and urban issues, click here.
DMI Events Calendar
New Faces, New Places
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 5:00-7:00pm
Veritas Village/T. Wall Enterprises
110 N. Livingston St.

Behind the Scenes
Monday, June 18, 2018, 3:00-5:00pm
Madison Municipal Building
215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Friday, June 29, 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!
Carlson Black O'Callaghan & Battenberg LLP
Connect Hospitality Solutions
McShane Construction
Enjoy Madison's best views, a DCB brew, and a good old-fashioned Wisconsin fish fry while listening to some of the nation's best Bluegrass bands every Friday from 5-9pm at The Edgewater.

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce and Accelerate Madison invite you to attend an exclusive screening of the new film, bias, on Tuesday, June 5th from 4:30-8pm at the Orpheum Theater.

Come and see Bethel Lutheran Church's newly remodeled main level, tour their other larger gathering spaces (available for reservation) and enjoy light refreshments on Saturday, June 9th from 12:30-3pm.

Grab your canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard and a fun costume for the 39th annual Isthmus Paddle & Portage on Saturday, June 16th starting at 7am.

Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. encourages DMI members to attend their annual meeting on Monday, June 18th at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

The next Morning Sports Report, presented by the Madison Area Sports Commission and ESPN Madison is happening on Tuesday, June 19th from 7:45-9am at HotelRED.

Join the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau on Tuesday, June 26th from 4:30-6:30pm at The Edgewater for the Spirit of Hospitality Awards.

Omni Fight Club is running Junior Fight Club, a non-combat class promoting fitness, strength, endurance, balance, agility and teamwork from June 11-August 10 on Tuesdays/Thursdays.

On May 2nd, Old National Bank was honored with the 2018 Community Business Volunteer Award by the United Way of Dane County for their work with 100 Black Men of Madison.

Employees of Settlers bank recently underwent Dementia Friendly Business certification training with the South Central Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

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
Isthmus Jazz Festival, June 1-10
Cars on State, Saturday, June 2
Cows on the Concourse, Saturday, June 2
Wisconsin Bike Week, June 2-9
Ride the Drive, Sunday, June 3
Lunchtime Live, Tuesday's, June 5-Aug. 28
Madison Children's Museum Summerpalooza, Saturday, June 9
Safety Saturday, Saturday, June 9
Ironman 70.3, Sunday, June 10
Concerts on the Rooftop, June 14, 28, July 5, 12, 19
Madison Night Market, Jun. 14, Aug. 9, Sep. 13
Camp Randall Movie Night, Friday, June 15
Live on King Street, June 15, July 20, Aug. 3, 17, 24, Sep. 7
Isthmus Paddle & Portage, Saturday, June 16
Make Music Madison, Thursday, June 21
Shake the Lake, Saturday, June 23
Concerts on the Square, Wednesday's, June 27-Aug. 1
Mad City Water Ski Show, Sunday's through Sep. 2 (no show July 22 & Aug. 12)
Bucky on Parade, now through Sep. 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.