Downtown Briefly - May 2017

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Message from the President

Happy Spring/Summer! It's that time of year when many downtown events and activities are ramping up for the warm weather season. Many of the great happenings are being planned by Madison's Central Business Improvement District (BID). Be sure to mark your calendars for the first ever Madison Night Market happening on Thursday, May 11, June 8 and July 13 from 6-11pm along Gilman Street. This new event will showcase local retailers, restaurants, artists and musicians. It will also feature handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods, fresh produce and more!

From May through September check out the free public events taking place as part of the Summer in YOUR City programming series. Programs will include: YOUR Storytime at Lisa Link Peace Park, Ian's Open Mic Night on the top of State Street, the Live and Local concert series, YOUR Lunch Time Live and much more! For a full calendar of programs and activities, visit

And starting on Wednesday, May 3rd, everyone is invited to visit and enjoy the new Summer in YOUR City Café. This public outdoor cafe space (run by the BID) will be located on both "The Forum" and "The Grove" side of the top of State Street from 11am-2pm, Sunday through Friday. The bright, vibrant cafe will feature colorful bistro tables and chairs for anyone who wants to grab a coffee/soda/pasty/pizza/salad/popcorn, take a call, have a meeting, enjoy your lunch or just sit and celebrate our beautiful Capitol building.

With all of these activities taking place to celebrate Spring/Summer in downtown Madison, we look forward to seeing all of you! And remember-bring your friends and think about riding your bike downtown or renting a B-Cycle! All bike paths lead to downtown Madison and there is always plenty of bike parking!

Susan Schmitz, DMI President

Downtown News

City sighs relief with new bids for Madison Municipal Building renovation
Wisconsin State Journal, April 26, 2017

Building Commission approves new campus gym at UW-Madison
Wisconsin State Journal, April 26, 2017

'A truly elegant solution': Key pieces of Judge Doyle Square project sail through Plan Commission
The Cap Times, April 25, 2017

MATC's Jack Daniels says Hovde proposal 'highest and best use' for downtown campus
The Cap Times, April 25, 2017

Madison narrows options for John Nolen Drive corridor
Wisconsin State Journal, April 18, 2017

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.

Urban Issues

What's Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?
City Lab

What is a 'smart city'?
Smart Cities Dive

The Roots of the New Urban Crisis
City Lab

The 25 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs -- and How You Can Make the Most of Yours

Mapping America's Intractable Homelessness Problem
City Lab

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

DMI Events Calendar

New Member Coffee
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 8:00-9:15am
von Briesen & Roper s.c., 10 E. Doty St., Ste. 1000

New Faces, New Places
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
600 Williamson St., Ste. H

Nosh at Noon
Friday, May 19, 2017, 11:45am-1:00pm
Fresh Madison Market, 703 University Ave.

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Thursday, May 25, 2017, 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!
BelAir Cantina
Institute for Global Ethics
Third Left Wellness
Join Wegner CPAs on Wednesday, May 3rd from 7:30-10am at the Sheraton Madison Hotel to learn 8 key points about Wisconsin Sales & Use Tax.

The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County invites you to join them at the studios of La Movida and Midwest Family Broadcasting for their monthly Enlace event on Thursday, May 4th from 5-7pm.

Mark your calendars for the grand opening of the Porchlight Thierer Road Campus on Tuesday, May 9th at 11am.

Join the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau for their Annual Spirit of Hospitality Awards on Tuesday, May 9th from 4:30-6:30pm at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

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.

Join Nancy Depcik of Unshakable Success to learn improv techniques that will help you become a stronger leader, better listener and awesome team player at DreamBank on Thursday, May 11th from 12-1pm.

Starting on May 12th, join The Edgewater in celebrating graduates across the city with live music, craft beer from local breweries, a champagne bar to toast your grad, and more!

Help kick off Brat Fest on Sunday, May 21st with a bike ride presented by Saris Cycling Group and produced by Capital Brewery to benefit the Badger Honor Flight.

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

MMoCA Gallery Night, May 5
Downtown Info Booth Opens, May 7
Madison Craft Beer Week, through May 7
UW-Madison Spring Commencement, May 12-13
Madison Mini Maker Faire, May 13
Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, May 19
Syttende Mai Classic Run/Walk, May 20
Dane Buy Local Spring Celebration, May 21
Isthmus Food Cart Fest, May 21
WORT Block Party, May 21
Run Madtown, May 27-28
Dane County Farmers' Market, Saturday's & Wednesday's

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 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, 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.