Who is the DDA and what does it do?

The DDA was created under Public Act 197 to promote Economic Development and growth in the City. The Board is comprised of 8 Members including business owners, residents and the Mayor. The Executive Director is responsible for day to day operations of the DDA and provides guidance to the Board on all technical and development issues. The Board meets the second Thursday of each month at 5.00 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend the DDA Meetings and provide input to the Board Members.

The DDA implements a number of public projects, such as streetscape improvements, signage and lighting; provides maintenance and oversight to the entire DDA area; organizes and implements activities which promote businesses including special events, retail promotions and advertising.

Lincoln park DDA was recently selected for Associate Level membership to the Michigan Main Street Center. The objective of the Michigan Main Street Program is to support and improve Michigan's downtowns and traditional commercial neighborhood districts.  The Michigan Main Street Program employs a Four-Point Approach, a community-driven, comprehensive strategy that encourages economic development through historic preservation.  The program provides technical assistance that helps a community build partnerships and collaboration among stakeholders and encourages historic preservation.  It promotes environmentally-sustainable redevelopment, integrates a community's cultural assets and fosters entrepreneurial development and downtown living.