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City Seeks Input on Street Vending
The City of Madison has released an online survey and is hosting a community meeting to gather ideas and input to improve the City’s Street Vending Program. Madison’s nationally-recognized street vending scene includes unique food carts, talented artists and craftspeople, outdoor merchant vending, and vibrant sidewalk cafes. The first way to provide input is to complete a brief online survey here. It should take about 5 minutes. The next way to give input is to attend a community meeting that will take place on February 23 from 6pm to 8pm at the Central Library Room 301. The input you provide through the survey and at the community meeting will help guide changes to the City’s policies and processes that support and regulate street vending in Madison.

City of Madison Retail Improvement Grant
The City of Madison has approved a TIF Grant program through the Office of Business Resources that will provide funding for improvements to retail spaces within the central downtown area. As the City of Madison, residents, business owners and development community continue to invest in creating a vibrant downtown they recognize the need to invest in the independent retailers in the downtown area to make sure we continue to maintain the independent flavor that makes Madison special. For more information, click here.

Downtown Road Construction Projects
Many road construction projects are currently taking place or are in the planning process for downtown Madison. For detailed updates and information on some of these road construction projects, visit the Madison's Central BID website at
Madison likely to host Thursday night markets this summer
Posted: February 15, 2017

'Shake the Lake' set for June 24
Posted: February 12, 2017

County Board approves using former Messner property to create affordable housing
Posted: February 10, 2017

New study recommends renovating Dane County Coliseum, adding hotels and restaurants to Alliant Energy Center
Posted: February 10, 2017

Madison needs operator to run bicycle center at Judge Doyle Square
Posted: February 9, 2017

East Wash office and music venue project approved to build to 8 stories
Posted: January 24, 2017

Proposed long-range transportation plan for Madison emphasizes biking, walking, bus rapid transit
Posted: January 5, 2017
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