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About the DDA

The Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority (DDA) provides support to the downtown district by ensuring economic vitality, preventing historic property deterioration, and encouraging visitors and residents to enjoy all that the downtown has to offer.

Where We Started

In 1983 a special Blue Ribbon Committee was appointed to discuss downtown concerns. From recommendations of this committee the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established in April of 1983. Since then the DDA has played a role in many public infrastructure projects and promoted the downtown through various events and programs.

It is the belief of the DDA that by keeping the economy and vitality of the downtown healthy we also imrpove property values throughout the entire City of Mount Clemens as well as the quality of life for all of its residents.

The Main Street Approach

The Mount Clemens DDA also endorses and uses the Main Street Approach Management Philosophy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation which was first launched in 1977. This management philosophy has a four-pronged approach to downtown management and revitalization. The four elements are Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Vitality. By applying the principles of this program, we utilize a time-tested tool that has helped hundreds of communities just like Mount Clemens from all over the United States revitalize their downtown area and effectively manage it on an ongoing basis.

DDA Board

  • Mayor Laura Kropp
  • Phil Gilchrist - Anton Art Center - Chairperson
  • Nando Bartolotta - Cherry Street Mall
  • Jennifer Gale - Urban Naturopath/Mount Clemens Art Consortium - District Resident
  • David Lukaszewski - The Boattown Woodshop
  • Toom Prakobkij - New Age Noodles
  • Pamela Schlaff - The Nest
  • Robert Staszak - Group Golfer
  • Vito Strolis - Ruehle Towing Company
  • David Taylor - Weirdsville Records
  • Vacancy