The Downtown Development Commission (DDC) supports Madison's business district in many ways and organizes various promotions including the following events
Taste of Madison
Save the Date! Next year's Taste of Madison will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017. Plan to enjoy an evening of fine food and libations to showcase Madison's best dining. The Taste of Madison is held in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Madison.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at The Park Avenue Club. Guests must me at least 21 years old.
May Day in Madison
Saturday, May 7, 2016 is the town-wide beautification day called May Day in Madison. This event is always held the 1st Saturday in May. Over 800 volunteers help clean up Madison's public spaces
Madison Farmers Market
Madison Farmers Market a downtown event every Thursday from June 2 to October 13 from 2 to 7 p.m. The 2016 Farmers' Market will be located on Central Avenue between Main Street and Cook Avenue.
Madison Storytellers Festival
Twenty sessions and interactive workshops, ten musical performances, and three ‘open mics’ will mark the first Madison Storytellers Festival on Saturday, June 11th, in downtown Madison, a free, interactive celebration of storytelling in all its forms. The event is presented by the Madison Downtown Development Commission and brought to life through a special collaboration among its local arts and culture community. Click here for the complete event schedule.
Free and open to the public from 9am – 8pm on Saturday, June 11th. The festival’s four stages, dubbed Madison’s ‘Culture Corner,’ will be the Outdoor Stage at the Green Village Road railroad trestle (between Main St. and Kings Rd.), Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub (23 Main St. at Green Village Rd.), Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) (9 Main St.), and Drip Coffee (34 Main St).
Madison Sidewalk Gallery
The Madison Sidewalk Gallery is a collaborative project of the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance (MACA) and the DDC to exhibit original artwork of local artists on banners in the downtown district. For more information, please visit the MACA website. Download the 2016 Artist Prospectus here.
In addition to these major events, the DDC has four standing committees that work throughout the year to enhance the Downtown District. The Downtown District includes both the traditional downtown area which principally corresponds to the CBD Zoning Districts and also the additional commercial areas of the Borough of Madison which correspond to the CC and Gateway Zoning Districts, as shown on the Zoning Map of the Borough of Madison.
University Relations Committee
Works to strengthen the connection between the administrative leaders of the three local Universities and with the Commission.
Seeks strategies to help engage the University Student Population in the activities of the Commission and in all aspects of the Downtown District.
Creates events and support existing events that further Town-Gown connectivity such as the University Town Tour Program, which brings new university students into Madison for a tour of our Downtown.
Marketing and Economic Development Committee
Monitors the Downtown District's current economic conditions and identify opportunities for market growth.
Develops programs, events and initiatives working with the Chamber of Commerce to strengthen existing businesses and recruit new ones.
Creates, with consultants as necessary, a comprehensive marketing plan that will be issued to support current and future programs and that will showcase the Downtown and expand the Madison brand.
Public Improvement Committee
Creates plans and projects to improve the streetscape and public spaces in the Downtown District.
Helps to develop financial incentives and strategies for potential rehabilitation projects.
Explores strategies to improve available shopper parking in the Downtown District.
Sign & Facade Committee
Reviews and submits recommendations on all sign permit applications, new or replacement, submitted for commercial uses referred by the Zoning Officer.
Reviews referred Master Signage Plans and submit recommendations to Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Adheres to all regulations put forth in Chapter 195. Land Development, Article V. Zoning, § 195-34. Signs, while conducting all review processes.