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A Primer on Downtown Master Plans

This podcast is part I or II dealing with the value of downtown master plans and important factors including, market trends, design guidelines,...

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East Lansing RFP

The East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is seeking the professional services of a facilitator to help assess the current organizational...

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Northville Seeks Assistant DDA Director

The Assistant Director is responsible for professional planning, marketing, administration and organizational support to the Executive Director...

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Downtown Alpena & Workshop Highlighted!

The MDA will be in downtown Alpena on June 1 and 2 for our Annual Summer Workshop. Hear all the details of the workshop and what to do...

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2023 Achievements

8 New MiPDM Participants

Downtown Social District Webinar

Brownfield Overview

Quarterly Legislative Update to Members

40+ In Person Legislator Visits

Increased Content to MDA YouTube Channel

8 Business Associate Members

70+ Spring Workshop Attendees

MDA Blog

Benefits of Using Warm White LED Area and Street Lighting

As cites expand, so does the need for street and area lighting. However, the unintended consequence of light pollution has become a growing...

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Reading Downtown Master Plan: High Time for Change

A major challenge to urban planning and economic development is timing. Is a steady stream of patrons and access to new pots of money enough...

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A New Chapter For A Detroit Business

A small business microloan helped Ne’Gyle, the owner of Bleu Bowtique in Downtown Detroit, start a new chapter for his men’s...

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Making Great Places, East Jordan Downtown

Master Planning at a Crossroads At the time of writing its Master Plan, East Jordan was at a crossroads. Redevelopment opportunities were...

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