Effective community engagement is a fundamental part of good governance, and continued resident participation only improves our neighborhoods, communities and city.

The City of Madison believes that community gardens can improve equitable access to multiple social, environmental and health assets.

Enhancing Madison's reputation as a food accessible community by eliminating food deserts, and by building public markets, and food hubs.

The Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award recognizes individuals sharing Jeff Erlanger's dedication to, and passion for public policy development, civility, individual and human rights and who conduct their daily life consistent with these values and who have had a significant impact on the Madison community.

The MadMarket Double Dollars program is a farmers' market incentive program for SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) / FoodShare users. The program will offer a dollar for dollar match for all EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) transactions (up to $25) at participating farmers' markets.

In September of 2014, Mayor Paul Soglin and the Common Council officially pledged, on behalf of the City of Madison, to become a My Brother's Keeper Community. We ask you to join with us and commit to be your Brother's Keeper and to work with us to ensure that all young people graduate from high school; and all young people are safe from violent crime and receive second chances.

Neighborhood Resource Teams have an important mission. First, to keep City government informed about major trends and issues as they develop within challenged neighborhoods. Second, to enable us to better coordinate municipal services within an area and to identify service delivery issues that may require multi-agency solutions and third, to enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods.

Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative focuses on eliminating racial and social inequities in municipal government by implementing strategies in three main areas: Equity in City policies and budgets; Equity in City operations; and Equity in the community.

Websites such as Airbnb and VRBO connect homeowners with people who need a place to stay when they’re traveling. Madison has enacted ordinances that seek to strike a balance between homeowners and neighbors.

Madison has established and supports Sister City relationships in the belief that person-to-person ties are the strongest and to work for peace and better understanding of all cultures. Sister City relationships are created to develop lasting friendships on the human level and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and views.

The Sustainability and Resilience program works in partnership with City agencies and the Madison community to advance climate action, sustainability, and environmental justice. We work to ensure all Madisonians have access to clean energy, efficient and healthy buildings, low and no carbon transportation, clean air and water, and can thrive in a changing climate.

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