About the DDA

Today there are nearly three hundred active Downtown Development Authorities throughout Michigan. DDA’s are enabled by Public Act 197 of 1975, as amended and operate as special purpose authorities appointed by local governing bodies to carry out specific tasks. These include the planning and improvement of downtown areas through the construction of a broad range of eligible public facilities (e.g. streetscape, utilities, parks, landscaping, pathways etc.) and assistance to developers in the improvement of real estate within the DDA’s Development Area.

Our Mission

The mission of the Jackson DDA is to encourage historic preservation, to create and implement development plans, to promote economic growth and to correct and prevent deterioration in the District. To ensure the effectiveness of the DDA, two advisory committees meet regularly to accomplish the mission of the DDA – the Promotions Committee, the Design Committee.


The DDA has two advisory committees comprised of individuals in the community who have a passion for Downtown Jackson. The Promotions Committee and Design Committee advise the DDA Board on issues and help make downtown a better place through their work.

Design Committee

Works to get Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets — such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets — is just part of the story.

Economic Restructuring Committee

Strengthens our community’s existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base.

Promotions Committee

Promotion takes many forms, but the goal is to create a positive image that will rekindle community pride and improve consumer and investor confidence in your commercial district.