Following a study by Project for Public Spaces, and funded by a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Madison Downtown Development Commission (DDC) was created in 1981. The DDC membership is a balanced cross-section of public officials, business owners, landlords, residents and representatives from the local colleges, news media, banks, nonprofits, Board of Education, seniors and corporations. The commission consists of 18 regular members, one alternate member and one ex-officio member.
In an effort to bring people and attention to downtown Madison, the DDC coordinates several events and fundraisers which take place in the center of town, or raise funds that benefit downtown. In April, they host the Taste of Madison in collaboration with the Madison Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Madison. The DDC runs the Madison Farmers’ Market, located off of Main Street, every Thursday from June to October. Plus, the group throws the biggest party of the year, Bottle Hill Day, a gigantic street fair the first week of October with rides, live music, food, crafts and vendors. All proceeds raised by these events are used to maintain Madison’s public spaces, parks, lots and the Historic District.
The DDC meets at least 11 times a year, with the time and place of the monthly meetings fixed annually by resolution of the Commission. The purpose of the Commission is:
1. To study the future of the Central Business District and the East Business District in regard to their economic growth and development.
2. To develop plans for the redevelopment of the Business Districts.
3. To advise the downtown community on improvements requiring private sector action.
4. To advise the Mayor and Council on improvements requiring local government action.
5. To coordinate redevelopment activities in the Business Districts and foster closer working relationships between all interested segments of the Madison community.
6. To analyze and plan for the impact on the Business Districts of potential redevelopment in other areas of the borough.
The Madison DDC also has partnered with the Madison Chamber of Commerce and the Madison Borough on the extremely successful “LOVE MADISON, SHOP MADISON” campaign encouraging everyone to support local downtown merchants.
For additional information visit the DDC website at www.rosenet.org/gov/ddc or contact the DDC at 973-937-8084, MadisonDDC@gmail.com.