Downtown Development Authority
The mission of the Ishpeming Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to take meaningful action steps to revitalize the traditional historic downtown, using available funds in practical and achievable projects, such as: beautification, streetscape enhancement, urban design, façade improvements, historic preservation, use of technology, promotional events, advertising and marketing, collaborative efforts and partnerships, business development and redevelopment, selective property purchases and sales, and community organization.
Ishpeming’s downtown will be alive with economic, social, and cultural activities! The core downtown will be the hub for the entire community and set an example as a regional leader and innovator. Historic buildings will be restored and maintained to a high standard of excellence. New, complementary buildings will be constructed with architecturally interesting details, using high quality, natural materials to fill strategic gaps in the downtown. The streetscape will contain beautiful decorations, flowers, and public art. The downtown will be pedestrian friendly with easy access for bicycles and other innovative, low-impact transportation. Unique green spaces will be provided as islands of tranquility in the busy downtown landscape. Technological devices will be used widely to assist commerce for visitors and residents. Ample parking will be available. Streetscape enhancement and neighborhood design will exceed universal design standards. Easy to read, and pedestrian-friendly signage will guide people to key destinations. The existing features of the city will be groomed, maintained, and well presented. New place-making features–based on our unique history, culture, and innovation–will be created to enhance the experience of residents and visitors alike. All people are welcomed and respected.
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The Ishpeming Downtown Development Authority meetings are held on the 4th Monday of every other month at 4:00 p.m. in the conference room at City Hall. (Dates are subject to change.)
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A message from the DDA Chairman, David Aeh:
No matter the season, it is always good to keep our downtown area looking its best. So business owners, please take a few minutes every so often to pick up any trash you see and put it in the cans along the sidewalk. The trash cans remain out for 7 – 8 months a year. Consider taking a few minutes to sweep your sidewalk and to wash your windows at least 2 -3 times a year. It is amazing what a difference it makes in the appearance of our town.