Imagine Madison!

Help us Imagine Madison! Over the last ten years, Madison has gained 30,000 new residents and is expected to add another 70,000 by 2040. Madison has a strong and growing economy, world class educational facilities, beautiful surroundings, and many recreational opportunities. As we become more racially and socioeconomically diverse, is everyone experiencing these advantages? How […]

Bridging The Digital Divide

The City is involved in another public/private partnership that is going to benefit residents of four targeted areas of the city, Allied Drive, Darbo Worthington, Brentwood and Kennedy Heights. These four neighborhoods are affected by what we have come to know as the Digital Divide. The Digital Divide is a barrier to people having affordable […]

Annual Neighborhood Conference

I am proud to say that Madison has a strong tradition of neighborhood activism, with leaders playing a critical role in shaping the future of our city.  I am inviting you to attend the citywide Neighborhood Conference that is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th, at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. This year marks the […]

Ride the Drive

Back for its 8th year, Ride the Drive presented by Trek is turning the downtown streets of Madison into a biker and walkers haven on Sunday, July 31. This community event opens our downtown streets to cyclists, rollerblades, and residents to enjoy a car-free few hours. There will be plenty of activities as four Activity […]

Ask Me About Photo ID

The New Voter ID law is changing our election experience. In the February election, even with a relatively low voter turnout, City of Madison Clerk Maribeth Witzel Behl, 98 eligible voters were unable to cast a regular ballot. With the Presidential primary in April and of course the general election in November, we need to […]

Neighborhood Grant Program

For those unfamiliar, applications are being accepted for the Neighborhood Grant Program of theCity of Madison Planning Division. These grants help neighborhoods beautify gateways, create public gathering places, build leadership skills, or plan for the future. Since the program began in 1999, it has helped neighbors take on some 300 projects realized with over 20,000 […]

Green Madison

Green Madison, a citywide effort to reduce energy consumption and win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, launched a new city-wide game-based approach to reducing energy use this fall.  Hundreds of City of Madison employees played earlier this summer really became engaged in the effort and the competition and had fun! Madison residents–including employees […]

Budget Season

It’s budget time and after weeks of meetings with staff and residents, my 2016 Executive Capital Budget and 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Plan [CIP] reflect the continuing need to replace our aging infrastructure while investing limited financial resources in affordable housing, economic growth, and services to the City’s diverse population. Agency requests and reauthorizations of prior […]

Tenney Park Restoration Work

We are all very aware of the construction work that has been underway on Johnson Street, but I wanted to give you an update of the work that is being done at Tenney Park as well. From the bike path to the shoreline restoration of the Tenney Lagoon, the improvements will make it an even […]

Housing First

While our homeless services system of does a tremendous job of providing shelter, transitional, and permanent supportive housing for our most vulnerable citizens, it is overtaxed and unable to serve everyone. To address this challenge, the City of Madison is pursuing a “Housing First” strategy to help those families and individuals with the greatest needs. […]