Madison is a broad geographic area that includes a number of individual neighborhoods, subdivisions and multi-family or senior housing developments. Google Maps identifies the following “neighborhoods” in Madison, although some are merely names on the map:
Walton Oaks, Fawnwood, Ellington Place, Oakland Trace, Oakland Acres, Imperial Manor, Pleasant Acres, Holiday Hills, Blair Estates, Blair Heights, Hickory Gardens, Heritage House, Williams Valley, Haven Acres, Morning View, Heritage Square, Castle Grove, Bonnie Brae, Primrose Acres, Primrose Meadows, Graycroft/Graybrook, Alta Loma, Montague, Chippington Towers, Berkely Hills, West Montague, Maybelle Carter, Falcon View, Covington Place, Madison Park, Crittenden Estates, Robin Hood, Forest Park, Lanier Park, Rothwood, Rainbow Terrace, Madison Heights, Kingsway Green, Arrowhead Estates, River Retreat, Cumberland View Towers, Cheyenne Trace, Heron’s Walk, Meadow Bend, Candlewood, Schoolside Heights, Canton Pass, Cumberland Station, Neelys Bend Villas, Kimbolton, Marlin Meadows, Nashwood Park, Rio Vista, Archwood Acres, DuPont Avenue, Kennaston Estates, Madison Park, Woodlawn Estates, Lamplighter, Amqui Place, Cedarwood Courtyard, Shannon Place, Oakwood, Cumberland Bend, Eastlawn, Edgemeade Farms, Crestbrook Meadows, Edenwold City, Harbor Village, Enclave at Twin Hills, Shepherd Hills, Carestone, Churchill Crossing, Bristol Park at Riverchase, and Mansker Meadows.
Because Madison does not have its own local government structure, and its representation in the Metro Council is highly disaggregated, local non-profit organizations that represent Madison’s interests thereby become more relevant and important to ensure that Madison retains some control over its future. Despite the presence of active organizations in the past (Chamber of Commerce, Pro Madison, Madison Merchants’ Association, etc), the area today lacks a strong and cohesive network of organizations with the capacity, mission, or structure to implement critical projects or programs. However, there are several organizations with impassioned leadership and a renewed sense of purpose to help revitalize the community. These organizations include the following:
Madison-Rivergate Chamber of Commerce
The longest-running of the local organizations, the Madison-Rivergate Chamber of Commerce has worked for decades to promote Madison as a center for business and commerce. The Chamber, which is registered as a 501(c)6 has recently undergone a transformation with the departure of its long-term director under a cloud of controversy. A new Executive Director has been appointed by the Chamber Board to re-establish a positive image for the Chamber and strengthen its mission in the community. Ultimately, as a Chamber, that mission relates primarily to representing and promoting Madison’s local businesses. The Chamber also brings residents and businesses in Madison together through annual events that celebrate the community’s heritage.