The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established January 1997 as specified in Public Act 197 of 1975. The DDA was formed to provide for the rehabilitation, redevelopment and revitalization of blighted areas in the Downtown.
The DDA’s governing board is appointed by the Mayor with approval of the City Council. Board members must have an interest in the activities of the DDA.
The Downtown Development Authority promotes economic growth and development in the heart of the City. While not a City department, the DDA essentially acts as that arm of City Government dedicated solely to the revitalization of Downtown.