The Northside Planning Council began in 1993 with City support and has grown into one of Madison’s most successful and effective community organizations. NPC represents the 22,500 residents and businesses in north Madison and works with diverse community leaders from neighborhood, business, senior, faith, school and community center groups. Our dedicated and passionate volunteer citizen leaders assess the needs of the Northside community, develop partnerships and actively lead community organizing and economic development efforts to meet our community’s goals and address issues.
The NPC mission is to improve the quality of life and foster equity on the Northside through community organizing and economic development.
NPC’s major accomplishments include:
- Organizing 17 new neighborhood associations
- Partnering with the City of Madison to build the Warner Park Community Recreation Center
- Publishing the Northside News community newspaper
- Organizing the award-winning Troy Gardens project
- Advocating and raising funds for an expanded Lakeview Branch Library
- Piloting the Dane County TimeBank
- Creating the Grassroots Leadership College
- Establishing the Northside Farmers Market
- Organizing the Eastside PTO Coalition
- Developing the “Northside brand” and “community vision”
- Protect food security by successfully bringing grocers to the Northside
In recent years, NPC has increasingly moved into community-based economic development activities. The Northside Economic Development Coalition was founded in 2009 and has focused on promoting Northside businesses and revitalizing our commercial district.
The FEED Kitchens food business incubator opened its doors in 2013 and now serves over 80 startup businesses with its 5,000+ square feet of commercial kitchen space. In 2016, we added the FEED Bakery Training Program and Healthy Food For All to our operations. All three programs provide opportunity and resources to low-income residents on the Northside and beyond.
With these significant new programs, NPC is transforming itself into a nonprofit community development corporation (CDC). CDCs traditionally develop and operate needed resources that aren’t being created by the local economy; for example, owning and managing affordable housing complexes. NPC is doing similar work around (but not limited to) food security, employment skills, business development, local food system coordination and equity.
What will the future bring? Our goal is to continue to be responsive and ready to meet the changing needs of the community.