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Message from the President
As I buried my shovel deep in my garage this week, I knew my arms would be happy since spring is finally here!

Spring in downtown Madison is exciting, alive and full of activity. The isthmus welcomes us all back after our months of slumber. Spring started in earnest this past weekend as the Dane County Farmers' Market and Crazylegs Classic returned to the Capitol Square, bringing thousands of people downtown to enjoy our wonderful center city.

In looking ahead, this summer will prove to be even better than years past. With outstanding perennial events like Live on King Street, Concerts on the Square, and Taste of Madison joined by newer events like the outstanding Madison Night Market and CrossFit Games, downtown Madison will come alive. On top of it all the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau will fill the downtown with UW pride by installing 85 life size and artful Bucky Badger statues as part of Bucky on Parade running May 7-September 12.

This spring/summer promises to be the best yet in downtown Madison. Come join us for the fun!

Jason Ilstrup,
DMI President
Downtown News
Downtown Madison neighbors to weigh in on MATC hotel plans Monday
The Cap Times, May 1, 2018

Additional seating, other upgrades at Breese Stevens Field would happen sooner under proposal
Wisconsin State Journal, April 30, 2018

Driverless shuttle demonstration at UW-Madison, April 24, 2018

History on the move as new state archives and preservation facility begins to fill
Wisconsin State Journal, April 23, 2018

State treasurer recommends buying, replacing Downtown building, moving state offices into new facility at site
Wisconsin State Journal, April 19, 2018

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.
Urban Issues
Nurturing the Entrepreneurs Our Inner Cities Need

The 10 cities where women are the most successful

Virtual reality can be a boost to urban planning for green space
WRAL Tech Wire

Why I Stayed: 10 College Grads on Why They Made Their College Town Home

The Global Housing Crisis
City Lab

For more articles on downtown and urban issues, click here.
DMI Events Calendar
New Member Coffee
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 8:00-9:15am
von Briesen & Roper, s.c., 10 E. Doty St., Ste. 1000

New Faces, New Places
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 5:00-7:00pm
Monona Terrace rooftop, One John Nolen Dr.

Nosh at Noon
Friday, May 18, 2018, 11:45am-1:00pm
Fresh Madison Market, 703 University Ave.

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Friday, May 25, 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!
Access to Independence
Aflac Insurance
Gorman & Company
Moses Altsech Consulting
Schmitz Consulting
Taco Bell
Join the Clean Lakes Alliance for their Save Our Lakes Breakfast: A Community Conversation With Our Lakes on Wednesday, May 2nd from 7-9:15am at the Monona Terrace.

Please join the United Way of Dane County at the Community Volunteer Awards on Wednesday, May 2nd from 11am-1:15pm at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club.

Join Event Essentials for their Purple Palooza Open House event on Wednesday, May 2nd from 4-7pm.

The City of Madison will host two public meetings to discuss community goals and objectives for its first ever Historic Preservation Plan on Thursday, May 3rd at 5:30-7pm at the Red Gym, Room Wisconsin B&C and Monday, May 21st from 6-7:30pm at East High School in Room 1042 LMC Gold.

Operation Fresh Start invites you to attend the Fresh Start Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 4th from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Join the Wisconsin Bike Fed for the 2018 Wisconsin Bike Summit on Saturday, May 5th at the Park Hotel on the Capitol Square.

Woodford Reserve presents the 1st Annual Madison Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 5th from 4-7pm at HotelRED.

Join The Edgewater for their Mother's Day Brunch at The Statehouse on Sunday, May 13th from 10:30am-2:30pm.

On Wednesday, May 16th from 8am-4pm at Monona Terrace, join the Madison Region Economic Partnership and Urban League of Greater Madison for The Madison Region's Economic Development and Diversity Summit.

You are invited to Isthmus Uncorked happening on Saturday, May 19th from 3-6pm at McPike Park.

The Foundation for Madison's Public Schools invites you to attend the 13th annual Circle of Friends Celebration on Wednesday, May 23rd from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Alliant Energy Center.

Be sure to stop out to Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center for the World's Largest Brat Festival happening May 25-28 produced by Metcalfe's Market.

Monona Terrace presents Meditation at Monona Terrace on Wednesdays through May 30th from noon-12:45pm.

Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. encourages all DMI members to attend and participate in a lively discussion about the future direction of our downtown at its annual meeting on Monday, June 18th at Monona Terrace.

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
Summer in YOUR City, May-September
MMoCA Gallery Night, Friday, May 4
Madison Craft Beer Week, May 4-13
Bucky on Parade, May 7-Sep. 12
Madison Night Market, Thursday's, May 10, Jun. 14, Aug. 9, Sep. 13
2018 Big Ten Softball Championship, May 10-12
Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, Friday, May 11
UW-Madison Spring Commencement, May 11-12
Madison Mini Maker Faire, Saturday, May 12
Syttende Mai Classic 20-Mile Run, Saturday, May 19
Isthmus Uncorked, Saturday, May 19
WORT Block Party, Sunday, May 20
Run Madtown, May 26-27
Dane County Farmers' Market, Saturday's & Wednesday's

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, 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.