MDA Supports HB 5781
June 2, 2020
The Michigan Downtown Association (MDA) supports House Bill 5781 for we believe the ability to create social districts at the local level for on-premises alcohol sales is an important economic tool now and in the future. The authority to permit local governmental units the ability to address the issue will make our State and downtowns more competitive in attracting businesses, residents, and visitors. We believe HB 5781 will help in the development, redevelopment and continued improvement of Michigan communities and downtowns.
Two Peninsulas, One Pure Michigan Webinar
May 20, 2020
As Michigan begins to reopen, collaboration between local and state agencies will grow in importance. Learn how Pure Michigan, downtown organizations, chambers of commerce, and visitor bureaus will play an even more important role in the economic comeback of communities throughout Michigan.
Presenter: Dave Lorenz, Vice President, Travel Michigan, MEDC
This webinar is sponsored by MEDC.
The cost to attend and/or view each webinar is $25 for MDA members and $45 for non-members. MDA members, please contact the MDA for your promo code before registering to receive member pricing.This webinar is sponsored by the MEDC.
Ada Township DDA Coordinator
May 26, 2020
The Ada Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) seeks a qualified individual to support the DDA Board and administer DDA plans, projects and programs. The DDA District includes the Ada Village town center, surrounding residential neighborhoods, and commercial and industrial areas along the M-21 (Fulton St.) corridor. The Ada Village area is in the midst of a major physical transformation that will retain the traditional small-town character of the historic Village core, while replacing its 1970’s-era shopping center with a walkable, mixed use environment with traditional urban form. Expanded park and civic amenities are nearing completion, including a 3-acre riverfront park, and a 24,000 square foot Kent District Library branch and Community Center building. This position offers the opportunity to be a part of this exciting time in the community’s history.
Planning and Creating Safer Downtown Spaces Webinar
May 20, 2020
This session takes us outside. Jean Derenzy, chief executive for the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, will explain how Traverse City closed downtown's main street to vehicular traffic to provide more space for pedestrians and businesses to utilize. You'll also hear tips on how to approach and adapt your downtown streetscapes to allow for safe and adequate physical distancing while encouraging patrons to shop and dine. Whether seasonal or permanent, Stacey Tobar of Giffels Webster will explain how these design options will inspire simple and aesthetically pleasing solutions.
This webinar is sponsored by Giffels Webster.
Downtown Managers Are Essential
April 6, 2020
Now, during the current COVID-19 crisis, downtown management has never been more essential to the economic stability of a community and region. We must use every resource available to prevent further deterioration of our core commercial areas. Communities must be ready to promote residential and economic growth once the current health crisis has passed.
March 23, 2020
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