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 serves 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.
In recent years, NPC has increasingly moved into community-based economic development activities. The Northside Economic Development Coalition was founded in 2011 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 60 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. In 2017, we added Stable Families, Strong Community and the Madison Public Market’s MarketReady Program.
All of our programs provide opportunity and resources to low-income residents while engaging those residents in making systems more responsive to the needs of the Northside and beyond.
What will the future bring? Our goal is to continue to be responsive and ready to meet the changing needs of the community.