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Smart Growth

We are a non-profit organization founded in 2003 by 

real estate developers 

active in the Madison area

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Smart Growth Greater Madison (Smart Growth) was founded in 2003 by a group of local real estate developers to represent the voice of the real estate development community in Madison.  Later, the scope of the organization was expanded to include all of Dane County.  Developers of office buildings, mixed-use buildings, multi-family housing, hotels, retail spaces, industrial buildings, and residential subdivisions continue to be the Principal Members of Smart Growth.

Businesses and organizations that are not developers but are involved in real estate development and construction in Dane County are invited to join Smart Growth to support its important mission (see link to our mission below) and for networking and business development opportunities.  These Associate Members include property managers, general contractors, subcontractors, architecture firms, construction managers, engineering firms, consulting firms, accounting firms, law firms, commercial lenders, title companies, insurance brokers, and labor organizations.

Owners and employees of member companies are encouraged to participate in Smart Growth's events and receive Smart Growth's communications about proposed public policy initiatives that would impact real estate development and construction.

Below are Smart Growth's Principal Members.  Click on a Principal Member's name to see its website.

The Gialamas Company, Inc. Logo and Link to Website
Urban Land Interests Logo and Link to Website
Keller Real Estate Group Logo and Link to Website
Gebhardt Development Logo and Link to Website
T. Wall Enterprises Mgt., LLC Logo and Link to Website
MIG Commerial Real Estate Logo and Link to Website
Mullins Group Logo and Link to Website
TR McKenzie Logo and Link to Website
Hovde Properties Logo and Link to Website
Veridian Homes Logo and Link to Website
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Madison Metro Aerial View



Smart Growth is advocating or has recently advocated for our members on the following important public policy issues:

White Paper re Impacts on the Supply and Price of Housing in Madison

This paper, published on February 17, 2022, explains the impacts of recent Madison city government actions on the supply and price of housing. ...READ MORE

Transportation Demand Management

To learn about Smart Growth's concerns and questions about the proposed new TDM program for Madison...READ MORE  Smart Growth's suggested improvements...READ MORE

Dane County Stormwater Ordinance

In December 2021, the Dane County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance imposing stormwater managment requirements...READ MORE

Madison Ordinance to Encourage More Housing Development

In June 2021, the Madison Common Council adopted an ordinance which increased the number of housing units...READ MORE

Proactive Zoning in Madison

In the vast majority of communities in the U.S., the future land use maps in comprehensive plans, master plans an...READ MORE

Madison Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Ordinance

Starting in 2021, new multi-family housing buildings, mixed-use buildings and certain commercial buildings must...READ MORE





Smart Growth Third Wednesday Happy Hour

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

4:00 - 6:00 PM


316 W Washington Ave, Ste 800



Smart Growth Sporting Clay Shooting Outing

Thursday, October 12, 2023

3:00 - 6:30 PM

Milford Hills Hunt Club

Between Lake Mills and Johnson Creek

Aerial View of Suburban Street



Social Gatherings

Smart Growth's annual golf outing is the premier gathering of professionals involved in real estate development and construction in Dane County, usually drawing 170 golfers plus exhibitors.  In addition, Smart Growth organizes other fun gatherings throughout the year for members to socialize and network with each other.

Community Visits

Smart Growth members gather with key staff leaders in communities throughout Dane County to help our members be aware of development opportunities in those communities.  These gatherings also offer members the opportunity to socialize and network with each other.

Knowledge & Networking

Smart Growth brings in speakers on topics of interest to members.  The presentations and question and answer sessions are followed by a happy hour gathering.

Committee Opportunities

Members are encouraged to have some of their owners or employees serve on the Public Policy Committee or Events & Membership Committee.  The Public Policy Committee researches and writes public policy positions for the Board of Directors to consider.  The Events & Membership Committee plans the annual golf outing and other networking, social and educational events which enhance the value of membership in Smart Growth.

Madison Panoramic View



25 West Main Street  ~  5th Floor Suite 33 ~ Madison, WI 53703 

Email ~ (608) 228-5995 ~ Bill Connors, Executive Director

Smart Growth

Greater Madison

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