Guided by leaders from business, government and community organizations, A Greater Madison Vision brought awareness to regional development issues and established public priorities for future growth. The Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC) led the project and provided support to the initiative.

Phase 1

Launching in 2016, the project focused on capacity building, assembling a diverse steering committee, and investigating and analyzing methods to gather meaningful input from the public on their priorities for a growing region. Preliminary research produced a regional baseline assessment .

In the second year AGMV focused on direct outreach, education and engagement with organizations and communities, sharing information and gathering feedback on the key concerns people had about the impact of future growth on the region.

Phase 2

By 2018, the group began promoting the need for broad public input and finalized content for an innovative online survey which launched in September 2018 and stayed live for two months. The ten-minute survey asked Dane County residents and visitors to rank their priorities for growth.

After the survey completed, the project focused on sharing the results and analyzing the public’s priorities. Steering Committee members and supporters discussed policy and investment approaches to implement AGMV goals.

Phase 3

Drawing on the public priorities communicated through the AGMV process, CARPC established goals and objectives to serve as the basis of the 2050 Regional Development Framework . The Framework serves as a guide for incorporating big picture goals into individual decisions about where and how to grow.

AGMV priorities also led to the development of a green infrastructure plan for the Black Earth Creek watershed . This plan explores nature-based practices for alleviating flooding and water quality challenges in a watershed with many important natural resources and a history of extensive flood damage.


Asterisks indicate Executive Committee Members

Godwin Amegashie* Consultant
Ruben Anthony Urban League Greater Madison
Juli Aulik University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority
Zach Brandon Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
Dave Branson Building and Construction Trades Council of SC WI
Gurdip Brar Mayor, City of Middleton
Dan Brown Ho-Chunk Gaming
Frank Byrne* St. Mary’s Hospital
Justice Castañeda* Common Wealth Development
Sharon Corrigan* Dane County Board of Supervisors
Drake Daily City of Sun Prairie
Jack Daniels Madison College
Joe Daguanno Adams Outdoor Advertising
Chris Ehlers Veridian Homes
Paul Esser Mayor, City of Sun Prairie
Cheryl Fahrner Columbia County Economic Development Commission
Paulette Glunn Northwest Dane Senior Services, Inc.
Kari Grasee* American Family Insurance
James Hegenbarth Park Bank
John Imes Wisconsin Environmental Initiative
Paul Jadin* MadREP
Sharyl Kato* The Rainbow Project
Jenni Le gBETA
Sabrina Madison* Heymiss Progress
Mariam Maldonado Luna’s Grocery
Sarita Mannigel* Latino Chamber of Commerce
Ezra Meyer Clean Wisconsin
Deb Nemeth 1000 Friends of Wisconsin
Kwasi Obeng City of Madison Common Council
Leslie Orrantia Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network
Mark Opitz Madison Area Transportation Planning Board
Kevin Oppermann Highland Spring Farm
Larry Palm* CARPC
Harold Rayford African American Council of Churches
Keith Reopelle Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change
Carl Ruedebusch Ruedebusch Development & Construction, Inc.
Sue Springman Village of Waunakee and The Mullins Group
David Stark Stark Company Realtors
Steve Staton* Village of Oregon
Andrew Statz Madison Metropolitan School District
Nia Trammell Urban League of Greater Madison
James Tye Clean Lakes Alliance
Lyle Updike Town of Sun Prairie
Donna Walker* Alliant Energy
William White* WhiteFish Partners
Dan White Filament Games
Tom Wilson Town of Westport & Madison Metro Sewerage District
Gary Wolter* Madison Gas & Electric
Phillip Yang Wisconsin Hmong Association
Alex Ysquierdo Associated Bank