The Marquette Neighborhood Association (MNA) was formed on May 24, 1968 with an elected board and a paid membership to promote the general economic and social well-being of the Marquette Neighborhood, an area located a half-mile from the city center of Madison, Wisconsin. In 2013 the American Planning Association designated Marquette one of the top ten great neighborhoods.
MNA’s mission is to improve the neighborhood through citizen involvement and participation utilizing all appropriate means including:
- Foreseeing and calling attention to emerging trends and problems before they reach crisis proportions.
- Serving as the neighborhood’s voice for those policies and programs that improve the health, safety and well being of the neighborhood, for both its residents and the community as a whole;
- Providing means for widespread study and discussion of all pertinent issues and questions.
- Educating citizens, members and non-members, in the processes, problems and potentials relating to the neighborhood’s development and the importance of preserving the neighborhoods rich history going back over 150 years.
- Fostering neighborhood interest and participation in community issues.
- Generating and sustaining a spirit of neighborhood and community among area residents.
- Recognizing the special relationship between the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and MNA and encouraging participation and financial support of the important programs the Center provides, including after school programs, food pantry, health classes, and educational programs.