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2018 State of the Downtown

The 2018 State of the Downtown took place on Wednesday, September 19th at the Overture Center for the Arts. The event featured the release of the 2018 State of the Downtown metrics report and a panel discussion on major issues and opportunities facing our downtown. Panel members included: Deb Archer, President & CEO of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau and Madison Area Sports Commission; Natalie Erdman, Director of the City of Madison Department of Planning and Community and Economic Development; Tom Lynch, Director of the City of Madison Department of Transportation; and Leslie Orrantia, Director of Community Relations for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The State of the Downtown started in 2010 as an effort to create an annual benchmarking report to provide timely, objective and accurate data about downtown Madison. The metrics in the report focus on aspects of downtown development and investment, housing, residents, quality of life, safety, office market, employment, education, retail and restaurants, tourism and attractions, mobility, and sustainability. The report is used to better understand the current state of our downtown and to help determine priorities and actions steps to sustain and grow a healthy and vital central city.

To view the 2018 report, click here and for reports from prior years, see the links on left hand menu bar. For optimal viewing, use Internet Explorer or Chrome.

Thank you to our 2018 State of the Downtown sponsors!

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360 Commercial Real Estate, CāS4 Architecture, LLC, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center

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