Downtown Development Authority

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established in 1982 in accordance with the Downtown Development Authority Law. The purpose of the DDA is “the revitalization and redevelopment of the central business district of the city; to develop and promote the public good and general welfare trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities and to promote the general welfare of the state of Georgia.”

City Council appoints a seven-member Board of Directors for four-year terms.  The DDA powers include:  to purchase and own property; to lease or rent; to finance projects; to receive government grants or loans; to execute contracts; to finance projects; and to receive tax monies.  The DDA is primarily a policy and decision making body and may also be a land developer, landlord, planning organization, or a project manager.