City of

District 17

Alder Samba Baldeh

Image of Alder Samba Baldeh

Alder Samba Baldeh

Contact Information

Home Address:

5150 Crescent Oaks Dr
Madison , WI 53704

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
WI Relay Service

Alder Baldeh’s Blog

Latest update on Reindahl Imagination Center

March 28, 2019 7:42 PM

Hello Constituents -

I wanted to give all a quick update on the Imagination Center Community outreach efforts. Over the last six months, Madison Public Library shared 70 conversations with 207 people. Over 84 hours of conversations have taken place. Additionally, 79 students submitted "Build a Library" plans. "Build a Library" is a blank canvas for students to draw, write, and describe their vision for a library. 

Big Photo

The Library Board will be discussing the latest status update on the Imagine Reindahl project at their April 4th meeting (5:00pm, Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Road). You can attend and speak to the item.

Here is a link to agenda:


To read the full report: here is a detail report on the progress of the center.


If you have not been a part of this conversation reach out to the Library Planner - Kevin Englebert at this email: or give him a call at 608-509-8020. You can also contact your alder at


Council Leadership, Mayor Soglin Launch New Initiative to Support Diverse Entrepreneurship
Madison Common Council President Samba Baldeh, Council Vice-President Sheri Carter and Mayor Soglin announced today the creation of a new City initiative to expand opportunities for diverse entrepreneurs. The Equity Business Initiative (EBI) will focus the city's existing business development resources as well as a new fund toward communities that have historically faced barriers to accessing capital to start or grow a business enterprise.

The City current funds several business development programs that provide direct financial assistance to diverse entrepreneurs. Recent successes including using the City's Healthy Retail Access Program to support Lunas Grocery in the Allied Neighborhood, the newly-launched Kiva Madison Platform which has led to micro-loans to several Madison businesses, and the MarketReady program which is supporting a culturally diverse cohort of potential Public Market Merchants.

The EBI Program aims to build on these successes and invest carefully targeted resources to support Madison businesses owned and operated by people of color. The first step will be a comprehensive review of all the City's current business development programs to identify gaps and potential changes. The next step will be to launch the Equity Business Initiative Fund (EBI Fund). The proposed EBI fund has four tiers.

Tier 1: BizReady Program – Modeled after the MarketReady Program, BizReady will recruit a 30-person cohort of early stage entrepreneurs and provide curated and intensive training, technical assistance, business coaching, and small grants to prepare them for lauch.

Tier 2: Kiva Match – The second Tier will provide a city-sponsored dollar for dollar match to up to 10 competitively-selected Madison businesses upon successfully completion of Loan through the Kiva Madison Program

Tier 3: Commercial Impact Grants – This program will provide up to 10 local businesses with up to $50,000 grant to fund interior build-outs of their commercial properties to keep them viable. The focus will be on neighborhood-serving businesses like retail and services.

Tier 4: Commercial Downpayment Assistance Program – This program will support existing business owners looking to take the next step of purchasing or developing a commercial building for their enterprise. The program will provide a 0% loan with no payments due unless the property is sold. The program will loan up to $250,000 or 35% of the total cost of the building or development project.

"Having more Madison businesses owned by people of color is key to making our city more welcoming and inclusive," said Council President Baldeh. "These efforts can help address disparities over the long term."
Mayor Soglin said, "Over the last several years, Madison has made strides in addressing racial disparities. However, one area I want to focus on going forward is providing more support for diversity in business ownership The Mayor continued, "The EBI program will double-down on recent successes like our support for Luna's Grocery and will untap the potential of more diverse entrepreneurs by providing access to the capital they need to launch or expand a business."

Thank you.

Email to a friend Email to a friend

Subscribe to Email List

Subscribe to the District 17 – Alder Baldeh email list:

By participating on this list the Wisconsin Public Records Laws may subject your email address to disclosure to third parties. By selecting "Yes" you are requesting that we treat your email address that you have provided to this list as confidential and you are also stating that you would not participate in this service if the City is obligated to release your email address to such third party requesters.

Recent Entries




2020 Census
A New Era
Budget and other Updates
Budget Update
City of Madison Community Bonds
City Wide Community Forum
City Wide Update
Coronavirus In Wisconsin
Coronavirus Update
COVID-19 and Safer at Home Order Update
CV19 Update
District 17 - Announcements
District 17 Community Forum
District 17 Updates
District 17 Winter Update
  • Snow Emergency and More
Flood Press Release
Flood Updates
Flood Warning
Icy and Slippery Roads
  • Icy and Slippery Roads
Imagination Center Update
Imagination Center Update & Launch of EBI
Library/Imagination Center &Distirct Update
Neighborhood Meeting & Other Updates
PFAS Update
Recycling Fee
Reindahl Park Imagination Center Update
Shots Fired
Snow & Ice Removal
Transit / Metro
Update - Men Homeless Shelter
Winter Update


2018 budget  2018 capital budget  2018 operating budget  alternate parking  Apartments  Autumn  bill  Bond  Bonds  Budget  bunker hill  Census  Census  Chick-Fil-A  Chief  Chief's Forum  christmas  City-County Building  collection  Community  community forum  Complete count  Coronavirus  district17  Drop-Off-Site  East side Lutheran  east town  east town mall  East Towne Mall  elections  emergency  executive orders  Facilities  FliX Brewhouse  Flood; Press Release; Press; Release  Forum  gangs  Gardens  Genele Laird  grant  grant  Greater Sandburg Neighborhood Association  GSNA  gun  guns  Historic  Historic Preservation  homeless  Homelessness  hotels  Hyvee  I-39  I-39/90/94  ice  imagination Center  immigration  immigration  JDS  jobs  Judge Doyle Square  Koval  Lakeside International  Library  mall  memorial day  memorial day  memos  Mosquitoes  motel 6  MPD  Municipal ID  neighborhood grant program  Neighborhood Meeting  Neighbors  North  North Side  Olbrich  Olbrich Gardens  operating budget  painting  Park  parking  parks  Peer Respite  PFAS  police  Poll  Porchlight  Portage Road  Public safety  random  Reindahl Park  Renaming  repainting  reservoir  salt  samba  Sandburg Elementary  Sandburg Elementary  Sandburg School  sanding  seed  seeds  shelter  shooting  shooting  Shots Fired  Side  snow  snow  Solstice House  Splash Park  Stoughton Road  Study  Study  survey  survey  Sycamore  Sycamore  t Wall  Tancho Drive  tree  Village at Autumn Lake  Village at Autumn Lake  water  Wild Rumpus  winter