Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau: Proud of Madison’s top ranking

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Erica Rykal, PR & Communications Department

Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau

Phone: 608.255.2537 x2626

Email: [email protected]

MADISON’S LATEST #1 RANKING IS “EXCITING AND WELL DESERVED,”

SAYS GREATER MADISON CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

(MADISON) – Madison, WI earned the #1 spot in Livability.com’s list of “Top 100 Best Places to Live” for small and mid-sized cities in the United States. The second-annual list, which was released on September 15, 2014, takes into account eight factors: health care, education, social and civic capital, demographics, amenities, housing, economics and infrastructure. The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is thrilled by this most recent accolade.

According to Livability.com, Madison earned its high marks thanks in part to being both the state capital and home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Out of the eight criteria that cities were judged on, Madison scored highest in the housing category.

“This is a wonderful win for our city,” said Deb Archer, President & CEO of the GMCVB. “It is our key assets—our top-ranked hospitals, first-rate University of Wisconsin-Madison and endless options for recreation—that make our citizens proud to call Madison home every day. Earning the top spot as the Most Livable City in America is both exciting and well deserved,” added Archer.

The GMCVB is honored to play a key role in supporting the more than 19,000 Dane County jobs supported by tourism. Promoting tourism in Madison since 1972, the GMCVB continues to work tirelessly to expand upon the more than $1.7 billion dollars generated by visitor spending in Dane County every year.