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

Explore our 2023 Annual Report!

Common Wealth Development's Annual Report provides an in-depth look at our programming and work showing highlights and milestones of 2023 and detailing how we are looking toward the future in 2024. Check out our Annual Report to learn more about our organization and...

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Common Ground Newsletters

Did you miss a previous newsletter or just want to go back and see what we have been working on? Check out previous publications below! Common Wealth Development's quarterly newsletter for residents, commercial tenants, workforce participants, and supporters LIKE YOU....

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MicroMyco Featured in the Wisconsin State Journal

Congratulations to MicroMyco for being featured in the Wisconsin State Journal as they produce 200 pounds of mushrooms each week! We are especially excited for this feature as MicroMyco is one of our business incubators at Madison Enterprise Center. Madison Enterprise...

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Upcoming event at the Common Wealth Gallery!

Lost In Sunset City: A Pop-Up Art Show from Will Santino Open for viewing July 22nd – 25th Opening Reception on Friday July 21st from 7:30 – 9:30pm Common Wealth Gallery – 100 S Baldwin St (on 3rd Floor)

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