Economic Opportunity

For the people of Dane County and small businesses since 1979
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Healthy Housing

Safe, stable and healthy housing opportunities for renters and aspiring homeowners.

Economic Development

Supporting young businesses through affordable space and business incubation.

Employment + Training Programs

Building Community

Fostering community engagement through partnerships and programs.

Events & Festivals

Willy Street Fair
West Fest

Common Wealth Development employee and members.

Common Wealth Development

Building a Better Community

Founded in 1979, Common Wealth Development supports and preserves the vitality of neighborhoods in the Madison Metropolitan area. Our projects improve the housing and business climate of our neighborhoods and initiate important community development projects.

Our Core Program Areas

  1. Support young businesses through affordable space and business incubation
  2. Coach youth and adults in financial fluency, job readiness and entrepreneurial leadership
  3. Provide safe, stable housing opportunities for renters and aspiring homeowners
  4. Integrate comprehensive community health approaches to city-wide violence prevention efforts
  5. Support the retention and sustainability of affordable land in Madison and Dane County
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News, Updates and Announcements from Clients & Staff

Updates On Willy Street Fair 2020

Updates On Willy Street Fair 2020

Willy Street Fair 2020 Cancelled Due to COVID-19 While we are not able to gather together, we can still remember the joy the fair brings. We are launching a commemorative package campaign for the fair that could not take place. We hope that the people who would...

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Proceeds To Change

Proceeds To Change

So many things have transpired in the world within the last couple of months. We are still deep in the middle of a global pandemic (COVID – 19) as well as a pandemic that has plagued our country for hundreds of years… RACISM! It is crazy to think that here we are in...

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We Are NOT Okay With That

We Are NOT Okay With That

Everything Common Wealth Development works to build in our community is affected by the continued perpetuation of violent systems of oppression. The truth is that all of the work we do, from advocating  for healthy housing, to fighting for equitable economic...

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Portrait Project

Portrait Project

Stephanie Bradley Wilson Director of Health Equity and Violence Prevention, Common Wealth Development (2016 – Present) I serve as the Director of Health Equity & Violence Prevention managing the partnership of Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction grant. ...

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