Downtown Briefly - September 2018
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Message from the President
For all my years as a member of DMI, I most looked forward to the State of the Downtown event and report. Every year I attended I learned more about our great downtown and met people who care about our quality of life. After the event I would gobble up the information in the report, use it to help grow HotelRED and make decisions on the hotel's future. It was always a can't miss event.

This year's event, on September 19 at 7:30am at the Overture Center, promises to be the same. With an incredible panel, including community leaders Deb Archer, Natalie Erdman, Leslie Orrantia and the new City of Madison Director of Transportation Tom Lynch, we will learn more than ever about the quality of life in our downtown. The panel will help facilitate the conversation on how private and public entities can create solutions together to help grow our economy, overcome our transportation challenges, welcome more visitors and ensure our downtown is inclusive for every member of our community.

It is for that reason, I greatly regret overseeing the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur when scheduling this year's event. I sincerely apologize to those who will be affected by this scheduling conflict and will be sure to avoid dates for these types of religious observances when planning future DMI programs and activities. Learning is a major part of inclusivity and I am committed to learning from this experience to ensure our organization and downtown Madison are open and welcoming for all.

Jason Ilstrup,
DMI President
Downtown News
The Madsplainers podcast: What's Madison doing to connect its downtown to Lake Monona?
The Cap Times, September 3, 2018

Madison considers five affordable housing proposals for city funding
The Cap Times, August 25, 2018

Three contractors working on designs for Dane County Jail consolidation project
Wisconsin State Journal, August 13, 2018

Developer offers first Downtown condo project in a decade
Wisconsin State Journal, August 12, 2018

Madison Urban Design Commission approves designs for proposed State Street boutique hotel
The Cap Times, August 9, 2018

City of Madison currently seeking info from Madison area businesses affected flooding
Please complete this survey if you are the owner or manager of a City of Madison business that was impacted by the flooding events of August 2018. The purpose of the survey is to start collecting initial information to document the financial impacts of the flood on the City's business community. This includes not only direct impacts due to property damage, but also indirect impacts such as lost income from unplanned business closures, loss of street access, unavailable parking areas, etc. In addition to this survey, please keep any records you have that document flood impacts (photos, etc.). For updates about flooding events or contact information to seek immediate assistance, please click here.

For more news related to downtown Madison, click here.
Urban Issues
Do Millennials Prefer Cities or Suburbs? Maybe Both.
City Lab

New ParkScore Rankings Show How Cities Stack up for Green Space
Next City

Inside a Pedestrian-First 'Superblock'
City Lab

In Madison, Public School Students Built a City This Year
Next City

What's the Deal With Giant Games in Parks and Plazas?
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 Faces, New Places
Thursday, September 13, 2018, 4:00-6:00pm
The Madison Club, 5 E. Wilson St.

State of the Downtown
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 7:30-9:00am
Overture Center, 201 State Street

What's Up Downtown? Breakfast
Thursday, September 27, 2018, 7:45-9:00am
The Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place

DMI Annual Dinner
Monday, October 22, 2018, 5:00-8:30pm
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, One John Nolen Dr.

To view the full DMI events calendar, click here.
Member News
DMI welcomes new members!
Boulders Climbing Gym
Executive Management Inc.
Hotel Indigo
James Watrous Gallery, WI Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
Kunze Analytics
Reach Out and Read Wisconsin
Join DreamBank on Tuesday, September 11th from Noon-1:15pm for Marketing To Millennials with Amber Swenor.

Come hear and share ideas about how to make the Alliant Energy Center area the next destination district on Wednesday, September 12th from 5-7pm in the exhibition hall at the Alliant Energy Center.

Join WWBIC on Monday, September 17th from 7-8pm at the Verona Library to learn the key elements of estate planning and receive resources to enable you to complete your own.

Join the Madison Area Sports Commission and ESPN Madison for their next Morning Sports Report on Tuesday, September 18th from 7:45-9am at HotelRED.

Community Shares of Wisconsin invites you to attend the 2018 Community Change-Maker Awards Event on Thursday, September 20th from 5-7pm at Union South.

Check out the Dane Arts Buy Local Market happening this year on October 12-13 at Yahara Bay Distillers in Fitchburg.

The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County in partnership with Overture Center invites you to attend the fifth annual Latino Art Fair on Saturday, October 6th from 5-9pm at Overture Center.

Join the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce at their 66th Annual Dinner on Thursday, October 11th from 4:30-8:30pm at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center featuring speaker, Beth Comstock.

Sustain Dane invites you to attend the Sustain Dane Summit (formerly Badger Bioneers), an annual sustainability program, on Friday, November 2nd from 8am-4pm at Gordon Dining & Events Center on the UW-Madison campus.

Quarles & Brady announced the addition of Former State Representative, Thomas Springer to its Real Estate Group.

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
Jazz at Five, Wednesday, Sep. 5
WPT Quilt Expo, Sep. 6-8
Live on King Street, Friday, Sep. 7
Ironman Wisconsin, Sunday, Sep. 9
Bucky on Parade, now through Sep. 12
Madison Night Market, Thursday, Sep. 13
Madison World Music Festival, Sep. 13-15
Willy Street Fair, Sep. 15-16
Isthmus OktoBEERfest, Saturday, Sep. 22
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, Carlson Black O'Callaghan & Battenberg LLP, 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.