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

  • June 15th, 2017

    From the Desk of President Kim MacGregor

    Hello All!

    We are so excited to be doing the finishing touches on the website!  I hope you will all enjoy it and reap the benefits!  Pictures are a must, so if you haven't sent yours in, please do so!

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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!

     
  • June 15th, 2017

    Pair Up Your Sidewalk Advertising with Summer Jam

    Organizers of Summer in the City are teaming up with Mid-West Family Broadcasting and its Summer Jam promotion to spike foot traffic on Friday, July 21, just prior to the kick off to this year’s Summer on Tap, featuring Sister Lakes Brewery.

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  • June 21st, 2017

    Depot Drive Repaving Project Begins

    Work began this morning on this summer's Depot Drive repaving project, as K&H Concrete Cutting from Byron Center began making curb cuts.

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