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 a date TBD in 2021. 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 venue. Guests must me at least 21 years old.
May Day in Madison
Saturday, May 1, 2021 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.
The Madison Downtown Development Commission is presenting the first ever Rose City Summerfest. This new event will be scheduled for some time in late spring or early summer of 2021.
Bottle Hill Day
Bottle Hill Day 2020 has been cancelled due to the pandemic but will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021. This event is a festival celebrating our hometown and downtown with over 10,000 in attendance.
Madison Sidewalk Gallery/Gala & Auction
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. This program has been inactive since 2018 and will undergo a full evaluation and reinvention soon.
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.
Arts & Events
Work with Madison Arts and Culture Alliance (MACA), Madison Music and Arts (MMA), Chamber of Commerce and other community Partners on event development and support.
Advise and support the Director of Arts and Events and programming for the Madison Community Arts Center.
Research and make recommendations regarding public art installations.
Research and evaluate the viability of new events.
Marketing & Economic Development
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.
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
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.