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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

  • Phil Gilchrist - Advancing Macomb - Chairperson
  • David Lavender - Clementine's Pastries / Uma's Café
  • David Lukaszewsk - The Boattown Woodshop
  • David Taylor - Weirdsville Records
  • Vito Strolis - Ruehle Towing Company
  • Toom Prakobkij - New Age Noodles
  • Mayor Laura Kropp - City of Mount Clemens - ex officio
  • Robert Staszak - GroupGolfer
  • Mark S. Switalski - Switalski Law
  • Jennifer Gale - Mount Clemens Art Consortium
  • Nando Bartolotte - Cherry Street Mall

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement of the City of Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

“At the heart of the Mount Clemens DDA, we recognize that our strength lies in our diversity. We celebrate the unique backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences that each member of our community brings to the table. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is unwavering, as we strive to create a city where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered.

We believe that diversity is not just a characteristic of our community, but a fundamental asset that drives innovation, fosters creativity, and enriches the fabric of our society. Our city is home to individuals from all walks of life, including different races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, socioeconomic statuses, and more. We embrace this diversity as a source of strength, understanding that it is through the intersection of our differences that we truly thrive.

Equity is a cornerstone of our values, as we are committed to creating a city where all residents have equal access to opportunities, resources, and services. We acknowledge the historical injustices that have marginalized certain communities and are dedicated to dismantling systemic barriers to ensure that everyone can achieve their full potential. By prioritizing equity in our policies, programs, and decision-making processes, we are working towards a more just and inclusive society where everyone has the chance to succeed.

Inclusion is not just about representation; it's about creating a sense of belonging for all members of our community. We are committed to fostering an environment where every voice is heard, every perspective is valued, and every individual feels welcomed and respected. We actively seek out and amplify marginalized voices, recognizing that true progress can only be achieved when everyone is included in the conversation.

As we continue on our journey towards a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Mount Clemens DDA, we understand that this work requires ongoing dedication, collaboration, and self-reflection. We are committed to listening to the needs and concerns of our community members, engaging in dialogue across differences, and taking action to address systemic inequities. Together, we can build a city where diversity is celebrated, equity is upheld, and inclusion is the norm."