rsz downtown storefronts 012Created in 1986 by the City of Dowagiac to address what was then a struggling downtown, the DDA and City of Dowagiac have since transformed our central business district into a showplace of the region. Streetscape improvement projects, coupled with the private investment of property owners, today provides the perfect setting for our growing niche of unique shops, and fine and casual dining.

Due to the close working relationship the DDA enjoys with downtown property owners, it is able to provide services similar to those of a realtor, but free of charge. When a building is available for lease or sale, property owners turn to the DDA to help them market, show and ultimately lease their storefronts.

The DDA program director also assists individuals as they prepare to open their business, easing communications with fellow city offcials, such as the Building Inspector, who issues permits for occupancy, signage and construction.

Property owners and even tenants can take advantage of the Facade Incentive & Architectural Design Services Program. Matching funds are provided up to $2,000 per storefront for either the historic or tasteful renovation of the front facade. To date, 95 percent of the storefronts on Front Street have been renovated using this program.

Latest News from your Chamber

  • July 6th, 2017

    From the Desk of President Kim MacGregor

    Hello All!

    I am so excited to tell you we will be having a few more children's events at Summer in the City!

    It has been difficult to get rides to come when there are bigger events at bigger cities! But we will have a Dixie Swing and a climbing wall! Come out and see! And pre-register for the Amazing Race! Teams have a great time, and enjoy the competitive spirit.

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  • June 15th, 2017

    Mark Your Calendars

    Summer in the City, July 20-22, Opening Thursday evening with the Jared Knox concert!

     

    See our Events page for more information!

     
  • July 6th, 2017

    Sign-up Underway for Amazing Race, Returning July 22

    Travel to a foreign land, nor is a million dollars involved in this race, though the physical and mental challenges may be just as difficult.  Returning Saturday, July 22, during Summer in the City is the Amazing Race.  Chamber Trustee Joe Silvia, who manages the Dowagiac branch of Chemical Bank, and Dean Orvis, director of the Pokagon Band Fitness Center, are co-chairing this third-annual event. 

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  • July 6th, 2017

    Chamber Spotlights Leader Publications

    For 120 years, Dowagiac Daily News has told the stories of the people who make the Grand Old City the special community it is.

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