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

  • October 1st, 2018

    From the Desk of President Kim MacGregor

    Hello All!

    We recently held a board meeting and voted on officers for next year. You will be having the same officers.  They are: Rose Willson, secretary; Kris Soenen, treasurer; Jim Frazier, vice president and Kim MacGregor, president.  We hope to serve you well!

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  • October 1st, 2018

    Chamber Spotlights Hale’s Hardware

    While experts long ago predicted the Big Box stores would drive locally-owned hardware stores out of business, through continued fine-tuning, two exterior remodels and a complete interior renovation, Hale’s Hardware not only proved them wrong, Hale’s continues to thrive.

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  • October 1st, 2018

    Borgess-Lee Marks 13th Year As Major Holiday Underwriter

    As planning begins for the holiday retail season, the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital for the 13th consecutive year has stepped forward as the major $2,000 underwriter of this community’s Christmas celebration.

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