About Downtown Madison, Inc.
Downtown Madison, Inc. (DMI) was formed over 40 years ago to support a healthy and thriving downtown Madison. We are a not-for-profit advocacy organization that exists for and because of our over 450 members. A great region depends on a strong urban core, and that’s where we come in. We represent the interests of businesses, residents, and employees to ensure that our downtown is a great place to live, work, play, and visit.
DMI has played an instrumental role in the revitalization of downtown Madison. From supporting and advocating for the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center and the Overture Center for the Arts to starting the Central Business Improvement District, DMI is a strong and active organization.
Downtown Madison, Inc. is committed to sustaining, planning for, and growing downtown Madison as a vibrant regional economic engine that offers a best-in-class quality of life for businesses, downtown workers, residents, and visitors.
DMI strives to be an inclusive organization committed to respect and generosity of spirit. We believe that diversity strengthens downtown Madison and our entire community and encourage our members to engage with, learn from, and develop an understanding of others. We expect behavior that exhibits respect for all people and supports these values at DMI gatherings.
Central Madison Committee formed by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
Helped start the Dane County Farmers’ Market
Central Madison Committee spins off to form the Central Madison Council (CMC)
Managed the State Street Mall until handed over to the City of Madison
Started the annual “Paddle & Portage” canoe race
CMC membership reaches 180
CMC changes name to Downtown Madison, Inc. (DMI)
Downtown Madison Partners, Inc. (DMPI), the 501(c)3 arm of DMI was formed
Started the annual Frostiball
Produced the grand opening of Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Launched the “What’s Up Downtown” Breakfast series
Helped form Madison’s Central Business Improvement District
Held the first of ten consecutive Downtown Living Tours
DMI membership reaches 341
Launched the “New Faces, New Places” event series
Started the “Lunch Time Live” concert series
Helped start the annual Freakfest Halloween event on State Street
Unveiled new DMI logo
Launched the annual “State of the Downtown” event and report
Started the “New Member Coffee” series
Supported the creation and adoption of the City of Madison’s Downtown Plan
Began the “Behind the Scenes” event series
Started the “Nosh at Noon” event series
DMI membership reaches 480
Launched “The Madison + Milwaukee Downtown Exchange” series in partnership with Milwaukee Downtown