There's more than meets the eye when it comes to the accomplishments and value of the Imlay City Downtown Development Authority.
The beautiful flowers and streetscape residents and visitors enjoy every time they go through downtown Imlay City, the free Concerts in the Park and Winter Movie Series, the Farmers Market and dozens of other special events are all ways the DDA puts their funds to use to benefit Imlay City and residents far beyond the DDA district.
With Director Kim Marrone's involvement in the Creating Entrepreneurial Communities project through Michigan State University's Land Policy Institute and the SEED group, the DDA goes beyond the aesthetics and fluff to attract economic growth to the area and vigorously pursues avenues to put Imlay City on the map.
The DDA board's careful consideration of projects that benefit the business climate and quality of life is evident through the projects they choose. Grants for facade improvements and graffiti removal are available for businesses in the district and the recent "community build" train viewing platform are examples of the creative ways the board makes the DDA work for everyone. The board's recent move to return any additional capture from the City's reinstatement of three mills is yet another example of the DDA's commitment to making a difference in Imlay City.
Their accomplishments, though not always front page news, are commendable and continue to make Imlay City a better place to work and live.