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Who is the DDA and what does it do?


The DDA was created under Public Act 197 to promote Economic Development and growth in the City. The DDA implements a number of public projects, such as streetscape improvements, signage and lighting; provides maintenance and oversight to the entire DDA area; organizes and implements activities which promote businesses including special events, retail promotions and advertising.

The DDA Board is comprised of 8 Members including business owners, residents and the Mayor. The Executive Director is responsible for day to day operations of the DDA and provides guidance to the Board on all technical and development issues. The Board meets the second Thursday of each month at 5.00 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend the DDA Meetings and provide input to the Board Members.

DDA Strategic Plan 
Seven Steps to Open a Business in Lincoln Park 
New Business Welcome Packet