Downtown Briefly - September 2017

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Message from the President

Happy late Summer/early Fall to everyone! DMI has a busy next couple months ahead of us that includes our regular monthly programs: "New Faces, New Places" on Thursday, September 14th and "What's up Downtown" breakfast on Thursday, September 28th.

On Wednesday, September 20th we will be holding our 7th annual "State of the Downtown" presentation-to see last year's report click here. It will take place at the Overture Center for the Arts at 7:30am with a panel discussion beginning at 8am. We have an extremely distinguished panel this year that will share with us their thoughts on future opportunities/challenges for the City of Madison and in particular-downtown Madison. Our panelists will include: Brad Binkowski/Co-founder & Principal of Urban Land Interests; Ruben Anthony/President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison; Natalie Erdman/Director of Planning, Community & Economic Development for the City of Madison; Deb Archer/President & CEO of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Judge Everett Mitchell/Dane County Circuit Court.

With such an outstanding panel, you will not want to miss this event. I am the fortunate person who will be facilitating this panel and I very much look forward to it. Thank you to all of our generous sponsors who make this important event possible. We hope to see all of you there!

Susan Schmitz, DMI President

Downtown News

MATC redevelopment aims to start construction next summer
The Cap Times, August 16, 2017

Long-awaited Alumni Park unites downtown campus area, creates 'cultural district'
Wisconsin State Journal, August 16, 2017

City keeps it simple on recommendations for John Nolen Drive corridor
Wisconsin State Journal, August 8, 2017

Dane County committee hears vision for Alliant Energy Center, sets stage for master plan
The Cap Times, August 8, 2017

City Council approves stricter parking rules for moped drivers
The Cap Times, August 2, 2017

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.

Urban Issues

The Next Big Challenge for Small Downtowns
City Lab

How to Connect Impact Investors and Creative Placemaking
Next City

Why Great Transit Is Worth Loads of Money to Local Businesses
City Lab

These Temporary Bike Lane Barriers Let Cities Experiment With Better Biking Infrastructure
Fast Company

The Geography of Innovation
City Lab

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

DMI Events Calendar

New Faces, New Places
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm
The Pressman, 117 S. Hamilton St.

2017 State of the Downtown
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 7:30-9:00am
Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:45-9:00am
The Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place

2017 DMI Annual Dinner
Monday, October 30, 2017, 5:00-8:30pm
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, One John Nolen Drive

To view the full DMI events calendar, click here.

Member News
DMI welcomes new members!
Advantage Technologies
Madison National Life Insurance Co.
Reach Business Lenders
Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce
Join Wegner CPAs on Tuesday, September 12th from 8am-4pm to learn about the resources and solutions available to you at their Workforce Strategies Summit for Manufacturers in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center.

Madison Gas & Electric invites you to attend the Annual National Drive Electric Week event happening on Saturday, September 16th from 9am to Noon on the 100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Check out the Cap Times Idea Fest, a two-day festival with dozens of sessions on September 16-17 at various locations on the UW-Madison campus.

Join the Madison Area Sports Commission and ESPN Madison for their next quarterly Morning Sports Report breakfast on Tuesday, September 19th, 7:45-9:00am at HotelRED.

Sustain Dane is holding their next Step Up workshop on Tuesday, September 19th from 5-7pm at Agrace HospiceCare.

The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County invites you to attend their next Enlace networking event on Thursday, September 21st from 6-8pm at Synergy Coworking.

Join WWBIC for Strong Women Strong Coffee on September 22nd from 7:30-9am at the Madison WWBIC Community Room.

On Monday, September 25th from 8:30am-4:30pm at Monona Terrace, join 1000 Friends of Wisconsin for their Transportation: The Future is Now conference.

Join Enterprise Systems Group on Tuesday, September 26th from 4:30-7pm at The Madison Club for their next Taps & Technology event.

Join Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan for the Off the Square Club Madison Gala 2017 on September 28th from 6-8pm at Madison Marriott West.

On October 1st, 2017, the Madison Community Foundation is moving their office to 111 N. Fairchild Street, Suite 260 in downtown Madison.

Join the Urban League of Greater Madison for their 2017 Urban Cabaret on Friday, October 13th from 6-10pm at the Monona Terrace.

Mark your calendars for the third annual Lip Sync for Schools event brought to you by the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools happening on Friday, November 3rd from 7-11pm at The Brink Lounge with tickets on sale Friday, September 15th.

Farwell, a Madison-based firm specializing in business strategy and execution services was named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 list of fast-growing private companies.

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

Taste of Madison, Sep. 2-3
Mad City Water Ski Show, Sunday, Sep. 3
Jazz at Five, Wednesday, Sep. 6
WPT Quilt Expo, Sep. 7-9
Movie in Peace Park, Saturday, Sep. 9
Ironman Wisconsin, Sunday, Sep. 10
Live on King Street, Friday's, Sep. 15 and 29
Madison World Music Festival, Sep. 15-16
Isthmus OktoBEERfest, Saturday, Sep. 16
Willy Street Fair, Sep. 16-17
Dane County Farmers' Market, Saturday's & Wednesday's

Summer in YOUR City programs
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, The Huntington National Bank, 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.