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Alder Barbara Vedder

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Alder Barbara Vedder

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2314 E Dayton St

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Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Urgent: Public Market BOE Amendment

September 23, 2016 4:29 PM

Earlier today (ironically just around the ribbon cutting on the new Willy North store), the Board of Estimates 2017 BOE Proposed Capital Budget Amendments were made public and include two that effectively stop any planning for the Madison Public Market being designed for First Street. Amendment #3 removes it; Amendment #4 moves it to 2020.

The Local Food Committee, on which I serve, has extensively researched, analyzed, and planned for a new community public market that all can use.

We have recently hired an architect to collaborate with the community to envision the physical structure, we have engaged financial planners to begin fundraising and more importantly we are just beginning the "Market Ready" program that assist individuals both financially and logistically on how to bring their ideas to the market. This will encourage community members who have a great idea bring them to fruition.

Unlike many public markets, we have worked extensively so that it supports our community and those interested in food entrepreneurship. The Public Market is a capstone to the Northside Food Innovation Corridor, directly connecting producers with consumers and beyond.

I urge you to email all alders at and pass this message along to others that share our vision for a community public market to serve the people.

Regardless of politics, the Public Market will be good for Madison, our residents and community. Agriculture is a major business in Dane County and the development of food aggregation, retailing and distribution will greatly enhance our local economy.

Thank you.


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