Why 2019 was a very good year

From the pages of In Business magazine.

Here we are again in December, saying goodbye to another year and I would say another very prosperous year for the Greater Madison business market. Here’s my annual look back at just a few of the biggest business and community news stories that took place in 2019:

1.  An educational beacon opens on Madison’s south side — Madison College’s Goodman South Campus opened for students this fall, and there could not be a better location for this brand new educational institution. Located in the heart of Madison’s south side, and near such organizations as Centro Hispano and Urban League of Greater Madison, this will be a much-needed educational resource that will help this city close the achievement and skills gaps that continue to persist.

2.   Rebirth of Garver Feed Mill — As IB Editorial Director Joe Vanden Plas noted in our November feature story on the restoration of this 113-year-old building, Garver Feed Mill is absolutely a crown jewel for Madison’s east side. This redevelopment project may not have come easy for everyone involved, but it was worth the two-decade wait, as this hopefully will be a blueprint for future restoration projects of run-down historic buildings. And what a wonderful gathering spot this will create for the east side and for residents throughout Greater Madison.

3.  Even more non-stop flight options — Last month, Dane County Regional Airport announced the largest route expansion in the airport’s history with additional non-stop flights to Nashville, Boston, Newark, Seattle, and Portland in spring of 2020. Not only do these destinations open up many more leisure travel opportunities for residents in this area, but they can only enhance economic development in the business market, as well.

On the flip side of these good news stories, this was also a difficult year for the business community as we lost many notable executives who passed away in 2019. Leaders such as John Larson, Norm Tuttle, John Flesch, Fred Foster, and Bill von Rutenberg, to name just a handful. These individuals will certainly be missed, but the legacy they left throughout this business community will not be forgotten.

Here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy, and successful 2020!

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