The Northside Economic Development Coalition (NEDC) consists of Northside business owners, elected officials, city agency staff, non-profit organizations and residents who are dedicated to partnering on ways to help guide economic growth and implement economic betterment strategies for our community.  Current efforts are focused on increasing the capacity of the Northside business community through marketing, and a stronger presence in City decision making.  Please contact Karen Bassler, Northside Planning Council Executive Director for more information (608-661-0060).

The NEDC held the first Commercial Real Estate broker gathering on September 10, 2012 at  Ale Asylum, welcoming 40 brokers to learn more about Northside amenities, and providing a sneak preview of Ale Asylum’s new space.  See Northside news article about the event.

Premiered at the event were:

Economic Development Coalition Active Members and Sponsors:

Jeff Affeldt, Arcus Communication Design
Karen Bassler, 
Northside Planning Council
Dave Bruns, Northside TownCenter
Don Bruns, Northside TownCenter
Conor Caloia, Madison Mallards
Margo Dixon, Northside Business Association and The UPS Store
Susan Fischer,  Associated Bank
Greg Fromm, The Alexander Company
Sue Gleason, Northside Planning Council
Bill Haight, Magna Publications
Glenn Hovde, Hovde & Hovde, Inc.
Lauri Lee, Northside Business Association and Communication Concepts
Doug Lefeber, Northside Business Association and Rural Mutual Insurance
Jim Mohrbacher, Madison Gas & Electric
Marty Rifkin, The Rifkin Group
Ruth Rohlich, City of Madison Office of Business Resources
Erick Schoenberger,  Associated Bank
Karen Thompson, Northside Business Association and AnchorBank
Dennis Tiziani, Cherokee Country Club

Major Efforts and Programs Include:

Commercial Brokers Event: In partnership with key City leaders and economic development staff, the NEDC hosted the first Commercial Real Estate Brokers gathering to better market the Northside’s opportunities to realtors and the development community.
Marketing:  NPC and the NEDC are developing materials such as the new video and brochure to promote Northside Madison.
Northside Economic Summit: In 2010 in a partnership with Alder Rhodes-Conway, NPC helped inspire the collective meeting of the community’s primary officials (the mayor, the mayor’s aide on economic development, two Northside Dane County Supervisors, four Northside Alders and the city’s top Economic Development and Planning staff). The intent is to strategize on city/county resources and to form new partnerships, focusing on the importance of small business development and improving the region’s perception of the Northside.
Seed Loans: The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC), working in partnership with NPC and the City of Madison Community Development Block Grant program, is now offering new “Seed Loans” to business owners or those starting businesses on the Northside. The loans are between $5000-$10,000 with a 60 month term at a five percent interest rate. For loan information, contact WWBIC at 608-257-5450.