September 26 is Downtown Day
September 17, 2020
Saturday, September 26, 2020, has been proclaimed “Downtown Day” by Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Downtown Association (MDA) wants to celebrate!
Understanding that now more than ever Michigan residents need to support downtowns and the businesses within by shopping, dining, or volunteering, the MDA contacted the Governor’s office and requested that Saturday, September 26, 2020, be declared Downtown Day.
The MDA encourages community members to visit a downtown on September 26 and enjoy its shops, restaurants, and recreational and cultural aspects.
There are many opportunities for you to safely support downtowns like strolling sidewalks, having a picnic in a park, ordering carryout, or leaving a positive review for a retail store on social media.
40 Ways in 40 Days to Love Downtown
September 22, 2020
Downtown Day, Saturday, September 26, kicks of 40 Ways in 40 Days to Love Your Downtown. The MDA will post on social media outlets a daily activity you can do to show your support of your Downtown. Have fun and let's show our small businesses and downtowns that we LOVE MI Downtowns!
September 2, 2020
Michigan Downtowns: Ever Changing, Ever Essential.
The Resiliency & Strength of Downtowns Now And In The Future
Join us virtually Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6, 2020, for the Michigan Downtown Association Annual Statewide Conference. This year, the MDA is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Downtowns have seen tremendous change over the last four decades, but one thing remains constant- the need for strong downtowns and strong downtown management. Join us during this two-day virtual event as we highlight Michigan communities, learn from experts in the field of downtown management, and celebrate downtown success stories.
Mask Up, Michigan
July 30, 2020
Per recent Executive Order, Michiganders are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. For the health of our citizens, businesses, and economy, 'Mask Up, Michigan'.
MDA Supports Relief for Main Street Act
July 20, 2020
Congressman Kildee, Michigan's 5th District, has introduced a bill in the House, The Relief for Main Street Act, that would provide assistance to small businesses located within downtowns (not just Main Street Communities) across the United States. The MDA fully supports the act and has been in contact with Congressman Kildee's office. The MDA encourages community leaders to call their representatives in Congress at their district office and urge his/her support of this bipartisan bill.
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.