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City asks for community input on new public market

Analysis shows farmers, community interested in facility, officials say

MADISON, Wis. - City of Madison officials said plans for the Madison Public Market are moving forward.

Starting May 22, the city will hold a series of community discussions to get community input on where to build the public market.

The city recently finished phase one of the Public Market business plan, and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said the conversation will go both ways between government and the people.

The results of the phase one analysis showed that dozens of farmers and entrepreneurs are interested in using the facility and the Madison community has a strong desire for a public market, according to a release.

"This is a decision that is not a one-way conversation involving government officials. This is a conversation involving the people who are going to shop, the people who are going to vend, the people who are going to participate in this very vital activity," Soglin said.

The city now enters into phase two of the project to evaluate what locations in Madison would best support a public market.

"The secret of any kind of really successful retail experience is one that's designed for local, real people," Soglin said.

The first meeting on May 22 will be at the MG&E Innovation Center. Additional meetings will be held on May 27 in Evjue Commons at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, May 28 in the Atrium Community Room at Villager on the Park and May 29 in the Fellowship Hall at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. All meetings are scheduled from 6-8 p.m.

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