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Downtown Development Authority

Primary Contact:
Lesslee Dort, Executive Director
Community Development Building
235 W. Chisholm Street
Alpena, MI 49707
Phone: (989) 356-6422
Fax: (989) 356-3999

City of Alpena Primary Contact:
Adam Poll, Planning & Development Director
Phone: (989) 354-1770
Fax: (989) 354-1709
Appointee Name Office


Matt Wojda   4 Years Mayor 08/15/2014 08/01/2018
Meaghan Richey   4 Years Mayor 09/16/2013 09/16/2017
Greg Sundin City Manager Term of Office  PA 197.10.75 01/01/2012 12/31/2015
Michelle Sylvester   4 Years Mayor 05/21/2012 05/21/2016
Todd Britton   4 Years Mayor 08/01/2011 08/01/2019
Lesslee Dort Ex. Director        
Chad Esch   4 Years Mayor 11/17/2008 07/16/2016
Michael Mahler Chairman 4 Years Mayor 11/17/2008 07/16/2016
Jim Gulish   4 Years Mayor 04/21/2014 07/01/2019
Joanna Cooper   4 Years Mayor 02/16/2015 03/01/2019

The Downtown Development Authority Mission, as established by Public Act 197 of 1975 is: To correct and prevent deterioration in the established DDA district, to encourage historic preservation, to acquire and dispose of interests in real and personal property, to create and implement development plans in the district, and to promote the economic growth of the district. The goal of the DDA is to implement positive economic and aesthetic changes in downtown Alpena according to the National Main Street Program through a 4 committee structure. Each committee reports to the DDA board.

How can I become a member of this Board?
There is a  short application, which is  available at City Hall or the application can be downloaded by clicking here.  After submitting the application and proper review, suitable recommendation can be by the Mayor, City Council, or City Manager for appointment to this board/committee.

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