A Good Week
May 7, 2010 1:00 PM
It was a good week for Madison. On Tuesday the City Council voted 18-1 to move ahead with a beautiful new Central Library, adjusting quickly to a new solution after the initial plans didn't work out. Then yesterday Governor Jim Doyle announced his selection of Monona Terrace for the high speed rail station in Madison. This is the best possible site for riders and for the city. It means new excitement and a shot in the arm for a new hotel, the public market, a multi-modal facility and more.
But those were just the headline-grabbers. Last night I got a preview of the Town Center at the Institutes for Discovery on the UW campus. It will be an amazing place where researchers, students, entrepreneurs, children and the community at large can interact. There's no telling what products and services (and new jobs) will be hatched as bright people from different backgrounds mix up at the Town Center. Set to open in December, the Town Center was made possible by the incredible gift of John and Tashia Morgridge.
And also this week, the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools held a very successful and well-attended luncheon where money was raised to supplement our schools' strained budget. It was a tremendous show of support for the single most important institution in our city, our public schools.
To top off the week, Access Community Health Centers held their annual fundraising dinner last night where hundreds of people heard about the great work of that organization. Access is now expanding at the redeveloping Villager Mall on the South Side, another sign of the renaissance in that part of town. I got a chance to meet Access' new CEO, George Barton, and I was impressed at his energy, ideas and easy-going manner. He seems like a perfect fit for Madison.
So, whether the investment was in public, private or philanthropic capital, it was a week when our community showed its ongoing confidence in our future. It was one of those weeks when I feel lucky just to show up at work every day.