Downtown Briefly - November 2017

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Message from the President

Happy November everyone! We are heading into the holiday season in downtown Madison and everything will be lit up. Madison's Central Business Improvement District is partnering with area property owners, businesses, community organizations and area non-profits to present a new, unified Downtown Holiday Celebration called "Shine On Madison".

This six-week community event will include a holiday lighting ceremony, a celebration of the history of the Capitol, a special focus on downtown retailers, enjoyment of our arts and a strong sense of community. The lighting ceremony is Saturday, November 18th at 6:08pm at the top of State Street. For additional details go to So bundle up, bring the kids, grandparents, neighbors and everyone else you know who would like to celebrate our beautiful downtown. And remember your holiday gift list-there is great shopping!

Susan Schmitz,
DMI President

Downtown News

Madison poised to pursue Bus Rapid Transit
Wisconsin State Journal, November 2, 2017

Downtown Madison, Inc. hires new president
Wisconsin State Journal, November 1, 2017

First phase of Judge Doyle Square redevelopment in downtown Madison underway
The Cap Times, October 31, 2017

Madison Night Market to give November a shot
Wisconsin State Journal, October 28, 2017

The Beacon poised to 'make a big difference' in lives of the homeless
Wisconsin State Journal, October 11, 2017

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.

Urban Issues

Finding Private Sector Solutions to Public Sector Problems

How Innovation Leads to Economic Segregation
City Lab

Researchers Calculate the Healthiest City Density
Next City

5 Reasons Why Amsterdam Works So Well for Bikes
City Lab

How 53 Cities Are Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles
Next City

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

DMI Events Calendar

New Faces, New Places
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm
Foley & Lardner and Fiore Companies
150 E. Gilman St.

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Thursday, November 16, 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!
Joe Daniels Construction Co.
Ramaker & Associates
Renaissance Executive Forums
ResTech Services
SARA Investment Real Estate
TCF National Bank
As part of the City of Madison's first ever Historic Preservation Plan, you're invited to two upcoming community meetings to help identify the places we value and reflect the diversity of cultures that together tell Madison's story happening on Thursday, November 2nd at 6pm at Warner Park Community Recreation Center and on Wednesday, November 29th at 6pm at The Village on Park.

The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County invites you to a Joint Networking Event at Fitchburg 18 Movie Theater (formerly AMC) on Thursday, November 2nd from 4-7pm.

Get your tickets today for the third annual Lip Sync for Schools event presented by the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools happening on Friday, November 3rd from 7-11pm at The Brink Lounge.

The Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce invites you to celebrate and honor the service of Madison's veterans during Madison Veterans Week from November 4-11 as well as attend their Madison Chamber Muster event on Wednesday, November 8th from 5-7pm at Ale Asylum.

On Thursday, November 16th from 5-8pm, Industrious Madison's premium shared office community located at 25 West Main is celebrating its grand opening with a Launch Party and DMI members all receive VIP invites.

You're invited to The Edgewater for a Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet on Thursday, November 23rd from 10am-2pm. And then take in the sights and sounds of the holidays as The Grand Plaza at The Edgewater plays host to the Fourth Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, November 24th from 2-8pm.

Sustain Dane is holding their Badger Bioneers Conference on Wednesday, November 29th from 8:30am-5pm and you're invited.

Join 100state at their annual 100thanks event on Saturday, December 2nd at 6pm at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

Housing Initiatives is offering a Secret Santa program to provide gifts for the nearly 50 formerly homeless kids in their apartment housing and invites you to participate.

Take the PlacesForBikes 2017 Community Survey and get entered to win great prizes from Trek and PeopleForBikes.

Leonardo Academy, Inc., has announced that President Michael Arny has been named a 2017 LEED Fellow by the Green Business Certification Inc.

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

Wisconsin Book Festival, Nov. 2-5
Wisconsin Science Festival, Nov. 2-5
UW-Madison Family Weekend, Nov. 3-5
Wisconsin State Capitol 100th Anniversary Gala, Nov. 8
Winter Art Fair off the Square, Nov. 11-12
Madison Marathon, Nov. 12
WIAA State Football, Nov. 16-17
Shine on Madison, Nov. 18-Jan. 7
DCFM Holiday Market, Nov. 18-Dec. 16
MMoCA Art & Gift Fair, Nov. 18-19
Olin Holiday Fantasy in Lights, Nov. 18-Jan. 2
Downtown Holiday Open House, Nov. 24-26
MSO Community Carol Sing, Nov. 27

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, Dental Health Associates of Madison, Fresh Madison Market, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, 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, University Book Store, UW Health & Quartz and von Briesen & Roper, s.c.