Downtown Briefly - March 2017

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Message from the President

Happy almost spring to everyone! I would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our DMI members that we have six active committees and all members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Since we have a staff of four, we could not accomplish what we do without the work of our committees and we thank you all very much. Here is some work and results that have come out of the DMI committees over the past year.

Economic Development Committee: DMI TIF White Paper; DMI Affordable Housing White Paper; work on sustainable benchmarking. Transportation & Parking Committee: Work with the City of Madison to install "Pay by Space" meters; work with the City of Madison on the "Eco Program" Commute Card; work with the City of Madison on "Madison in Motion"-the city's transportation master plan; work with the City Parking Utility on parking rates; work with Dane County on regional transportation issues. Quality of Life/Safety Committee: Work with the State Street police officers on safety issues downtown; bring business/property owners together to make changes in the Upper State Street area. Bicycle Committee: Work with the city on bicycle infrastructure improvements; formed a committee that brought "Platinum Status" for biking to Madison; work on "Safe Routes to School" for kids. Government Relations Committee: Work on policy and advocacy issues; oversaw the interview process for DMI Candidate Endorsements in the 2017 Spring Common Council election. Membership Development Committee: Work on the DMI Ambassador program for new members.

This is a brief overview of past and current committee work. For more information, including committee meeting times, click here. Please join us in making downtown Madison the best it can be! We appreciate all of you. Thank you.

Susan Schmitz, DMI President

Downtown News

Wisconsin reveals plans for 'Camp Randall 100' celebration
Wisconsin State Journal, March 1, 2017

What's going on with renovations at the Madison Municipal Building?
The Cap Times, February 27, 2017

Panel: It's time to prepare for the driverless age
The Cap Times, February 22, 2017

Madison likely to host Thursday night markets this summer
The Cap Times, February 15, 2017

Madison needs operator to run bicycle center at Judge Doyle Square
Wisconsin State Journal, February 9, 2017

The City of Madison is requesting input for the Future Land Use Map in its Comprehensive Plan as part of the Imagine Madison campaign. For more information, click here.

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.

Urban Issues

Tinder for cities: how tech is making urban planning more inclusive
The Guardian

Junction design in the Netherlands (video)

Bicycle People: Speak Your Mind
City Lab

The Economic Value of Walkability: New Evidence
City Observatory

Amsterdam Is Flooding, On Purpose
City Lab

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

DMI Events Calendar

New Faces, New Places
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm
100state & 5Nines
316 W. Washington Ave., 6th floor

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:45-9:00am
The Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place

Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 3:00-5:00pm
The Cap Times
1901 Fish Hatchery Rd.

To view the full DMI events calendar, click here.

Member News
DMI welcomes new members!
AMPED Association Management
Bunbury & Associates Realtors Relocation
RMR Advisors
The Bozho
The Flying Locksmiths
Join Sustain Dane for their training session on Disrupting Biases to Boldly Expand your Board on Wednesday, March 1st from 5:30-7:30pm at the Madison Central Public Library.

You're invite to join Community Shares of Wisconsin for the 2017 Big Share, an online day of giving happening on Tuesday, March 7th.

Hear Laura Gallagher from The Creative Company talk about shifts in consumer behavior and marketing trends for 2017 on Tuesday, March 14th from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Madison Masonic Center.

Stop by The Edgewater to watch March basketball on March 16-19 at Augie's Tavern, open from 11am-Midnight offering $5 Wings, $7 Augie's Burgers and half-priced Wisconsin drafts. The Grand Plaza will also have basketball hoops set-up, creating a make-shift court that will be free and open to the public starting Wednesday, March 8th!

Pull together a team to support MOM's Canstruction event where groups will work with an architect to build a structure out of cans of food (later donated to MOM's Food Pantry) to be exhibited at West Towne Mall from April 24-30.

Mark your calendars for the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce's third annual IceBreaker coming to the Kohl Center on Friday, April 28th from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Register today for the Madison Region's Economic Development and Diversity Summit hosted by the Madison Region Economic Partnership and Urban League of Greater Madison taking place on Thursday, May 11th at the Monona Terrace.

AMPED Association Management is pleased to announce the official opening of its metro Washington, DC office in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

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

WIAA State, Hockey (Boys), March 2-4
WIAA State, Hockey (Girls), March 3-4
WIAA State, Wrestling (Team), March 3-4
Shamrock Shuffle, March 12
St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 12
WIAA State, Basketball (Boys), March 16-18
Wisconsin Film Festival, March 30-April 6
Late Winter Farmers' Market, Saturday's through April 8

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, Dental Health Associates of Madison, 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, UW Health & Unity Health Insurance and von Briesen & Roper, s.c.