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.

Business Incubation

Startup Businesses
Growing Businesses
Available Commercial Space

Building Community

Fostering community engagement through partnerships and programs.

Events & Festivals

Willy Street Fair
West Fest

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

The Big Share 2023

The day is almost over, but there’s still time to donate during the Big Share! Don’t let this opportunity go by. Your support helps us to #MakeChangeHappen #CSWBigShare #MakeChangeHappen

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Happy Birthday Common Wealth Development

Happy Birthday, Common Wealth! On February 14th, 1979, a group of musicians, artists, and dedicated community members came together to formulate a vision for what violence prevention could be. Today, we celebrate Common Wealth Development's 44th Birthday! 

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Save The Date – The Big Share 2023

You can plant a seed to continue growing Madison’s safe and healthy communities. In 29 days, Common Wealth Development will be participating in The Big Share. This event, hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin, is an online day of giving where community members have...

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