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Message from the President
The City of Madison is having a great 2018. One need only look at our economy, development, or numerous accolades like "Fittest City in America", to see that in many ways, Madison is thriving. Growth surrounds us; visible in the steady presence of cranes and construction throughout our downtown. However, this success is not reaching every member of our community. Thousands in Madison do not have a job, thousands more are either homeless or on the edge. Even more citizens cannot find proper transportation to their work and too many do not feel welcome or safe downtown. As a city of big dreams and big ideals, we must do better to ensure everyone is doing well.

To ensure that those big dreams align with our big ideals, Madisonians must work together. This builds on the message we heard from our keynote speaker, Bruce Katz at the DMI Annual Dinner last week. Private business and the non-for-profit sectors give so much, but we can all find new ways to solve these problems. Creative collaboration leads to holistic change. If we all work together to assist our partners in the City of Madison and influence the state/federal governments, together, we will build the Madison we all want: a place where everyone can succeed. It's time for Madison to invest in its future through collaboration.

Jason Ilstrup,
DMI President
Downtown News
Central BID gets national recognition for Night Market
Wisconsin State Journal, October 31, 2018

Madison City Council denies additional funding for Judge Doyle Square project
The Cap Times, October 31, 2018

New state museum would be a 'history hub' of interactivity
The Cap Times, October 26, 2018

Plan for James Madison Park imagines more amenities, new shelter, better accessibility
Wisconsin State Journal, October 4, 2018

Developer proposes housing, offices and a Madison Youth Arts Center
Wisconsin State Journal, October 2, 2018

Downtown Madison Accessiblity Survey
DMI along with ACCESS to Independence and members of the DMI Inclusiveness Committee and Beyond Compliance Taskforce is working to make downtown Madison accessible and inclusive to all people with disabilities. To set priorities, engage in partnerships, pursue activities, and make change happen, the taskforce believes that the voices of the disability community in the Madison area should drive this process and see it through.

A community engagement survey was developed in partnership between ACCESS, Urban Assets, and community members with disabilities. This survey includes questions about accessibility barriers in downtown Madison. This survey is looking for responses from people with disabilities or people who support, assist, facilitate, or know someone with a disability. We are currently seeking survey responses and are asking members to share it widely with their networks, using this link:

The link will be available from now through November 30th. If you have any questions, or need another format to complete the survey, please contact Jason Beloungy, Assistant Director of ACCESS to Independence at 608-242-8484 ext. 229 or at [email protected].

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.
Urban Issues
America Is Losing Its Edge for Startups
City Lab

What would an age-friendly city look like?
The Guardian

A Step-by-Step Guide for Fixing Badly Planned American Cities
City Lab

The Computer Will Tell You If Your Neighborhood Is Walkable
Next City

Cities Have Taken the Lead in Regulating Driverless Vehicles
City Lab

DMI's work focuses on issues, projects and initiatives similar to those effecting many cities and downtowns. Above are interesting links that highlight urban issues and discussions taking place around the country and the world. For more articles on downtown and urban issues, click here.
DMI Events Calendar
New Member Coffee
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 8:00-9:15am
von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
10 E. Doty St., Suite 1000

New Faces, New Places
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 4:00-6:00pm
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
22 E. Mifflin St., #600

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Friday, November 16, 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!
Capital Newspapers
FBTW Asset Advisors
Focal Flame Photography
Friede & Associates
LH Capital Holdings
Second Harvest Food Bank
University Audio
Madison Metro Transit is seeking input from its riders to improve and make sure they are providing equitable service for all. Please fill out the survey here.

TMA+Peritus has been selected to open the new DreamBank with their award-winning keynote address, Of Socrates, Plato & Aristotle: How Thought Leadership Drives Stronger Sales, Marketing & Corporate Ethics presented by Tom Marks on Tuesday, November 6th at 9-10:15am.

Join The Edgewater for a cozy autumnal celebration at the inaugural Fall for Music at the Edgewater on Saturday, November 10th from 1-4pm.

A Greater Madison Vision and the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission want your input on future growth and development in our region through an online survey open until November 12th. Please fill out the survey here.

On Thursday, November 15th at 6:30pm, join 702WI for a special offsite event at Olbrich Botanical Gardens with bestselling author Marta McDowell.

Join The Beacon on Tuesday, December 4th from 7:30-9am at The Slyvee to hear guest, volunteer and staff stories and see how The Beacon is moving people who are homeless into jobs and housing at The Beacon and Eggs Breakfast.

Get tickets for A Christmas Carol at the Children's Theater of Madison, running from December 8th to December 23rd.

DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. announced that attorney Laura M. Davis of its Madison office has been named the 2018 recipient of the Jack DeWitt Pro Bono Award.

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
Winter Art Fair off the Square, Nov. 10-11
Olin Holiday Fantasy in Lights, Nov. 10-Jan. 1
Dane County Farmers' Market, Sat.'s & Wed.'s til Nov. 10
Madison Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 11
WIAA State Football, Nov. 15-16
Zoo Lights, Nov. 15-Dec. 30
Shine on Madison Winter Night Market & Ceremony, Sat., Nov. 17
Holiday Dane County Farmer's Market, Nov. 17-Dec. 22
MMoCA Art and Gift Fair, Nov. 17-18
Downtown Madison Holiday Open House, Nov. 23-25
MSO Community Carol Sing, Monday, Nov. 26

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, Johnson Financial Group, 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., TCF Bank, UnityPoint Health-Meriter, UW Health & Quartz and von Briesen & Roper, s.c.