Alder Brian Benford
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Benford’s Updates
Week of February 21
Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of February 21, 2022
Roadway and Sidewalk Café Permits
ARPA Funds for Community Organizations Supporting Undocumented Immigrants
The Community Services Committee will be discussing a proposal to allocate up to $700,000 in ARPA funds to community-based organizations supporting undocumented immigrants at its meeting on Thursday.
For additional information about additional meetings scheduled for this week, please consult the City Meeting Schedule online here
- Madison Public Library is offering free online trainings for senior digital safety. COVID-19 has provided individuals with bad intentions, such as scammers, with new opportunities. Learn how to identify and protect against fake news, gets tips to help avoid becoming a victim of fraud and gain confidence on your journey to financial empowerment. Senior Scams is happening February 23, 1pm - 2:30pm.
Madison Public Library's first Library Takeover event is scheduled for Saturday, February 26, and will showcase Thrival Tools. The team organizing the event has invited both local and regional indigenous speakers representing the Ho-Chunk Nation, Ojibwe, Chicana and Yup'ik tribes to share some of the tools native peoples have relied on to not just survive, but thrive during winter. The event will include a series of speakers who will share stories, throat singing, and songs. Learn more here.
On February 24 at 6pm, join Metro staff for a virtual meeting to learn more about the draft network redesign plan. Find full details here, including information on how to join the meeting. If any group, apartment complex, etc. would like to set up their own meeting with Metro staff, they can send those requests to (608) 266-4466 or email email@example.com. You can also take a survey about Metro's draft network redesign plan.
WRTP/BIG STEP are hosting an in-person Latinx Construction Career Fair
on February 22 from 3pm-7pm at the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park Street, #106. Register here.
Madison has joined the Safety First Challenge, announced by the National League of Cities. Participation with the challenge aligns with Madison's current Vision Zero initiative mission to make safety on our roadways a priority, regardless of your chosen mode of transport. Learn more here.
As of March 1, 2022, Public Health Madison & Dane County will no longer require face coverings in public indoor spaces in light of steadily decreasing COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations. Read here for additional details.
Last year, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced the Main Street Bounceback Grant, which provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin's downtowns and commercial corridors. Funds are still available this year and WEDC is accepting applications until the funds runs out. Funds can be used to pay leases or mortgages, operational expenses and other business costs related to the newly opened location. Learn more here.
The White House hosted a Day of Action for the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit in February to ensure that low-income filers and non-tax-filers are aware of these federal benefits for families. Everyone who may be eligible to take advantage of these credits should. Here's more about how to access these tax credits and how Madison Public Libraries can help you file.
The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison is soliciting submissions from artists for its 2022 sculpture exhibition on the William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens and Olin Terrace. Art on the Rooftop is a free exhibit of public sculpture to help showcase the rooftop gardens and the facility as another "must see" Madison destination. Learn more here.
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