Downtown Development Authority

Downtown Development Authority
Primary Contact:
Anne Gentry, Executive Director
Community Development Building
124 E. Chisholm Street
Alpena, MI 49707
Phone: 989.356.6422
Fax: 989.356.3999

City of Alpena Primary Contact: 

Rachel Smolinski
City Manager
208 N. First Avenue
Alpena, MI 49707
Phone:  989.354.1711
Fax: 989.354.1709

Appointee Name Office



Anne Gentry Ex. Director          
Rachel Smolinski City Manager   Term of Office  PA 197.10.75    
Todd Britton     4 Years Mayor 08/01/2011 08/01/2027
Jennifer Calery      4 Years Mayor 10/01/2020 10/01/2024 
Michael Mahler Chairman   4 Years Mayor 11/17/2008 11/01/2024
Corey Canute      4 Years Mayor 10/01/2020  08/21/2027 
Quintin Meek     4 Years Mayor 03/07/2022 03/01/2026
Cristi Johnson      4 Years Mayor 10/01/2020  10/01/2024 
Matt Wojda     4 Years Mayor 10/01/2010 10/03/2026
Loren Jackson     4 Year Mayor 12/18/2023 12/18/2027
Ben Young     4 Year Mayor 12/18/2023 12/18/2027
Brian Peterson     4 Year Mayor 12/18/2023 12/18/2027
Melissa Tolan-Halleck     4 Year Mayor 12/18/2023 12/18/2027
Cassandra VanHorn     1 Year Mayor 02/05/2024 02/05/2025

Board Description
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?
Contact the DDA Executive Director for an application and additional information.