Editorial: DDA will learn from this process

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

That’s a motto we’re taught as youngsters and certainly it seems timely for the Alpena Downtown Development Authority.

This week DDA officials learned they were not selected as a “Select” city under the Michigan Main Street program. The program is administered through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

While the city won’t have the opportunity to gain more support and benefits for it that would have come with “Select” status, Alpena does retain its “Associate” status with the Main Street program.

And, given the experience learned through the review process this year, DDA officials can resubmit applications next year to be considered again.

The advantage of “Select” status would have meant more assistance to the community in its revitalization efforts downtown over a five-year period.

Should the community be discouraged by the denial?

Absolutely not.

In actuality the community came together rather nicely in preparing items for the application, including making a community video. Many people lent their expertise and talents in the process.

No, we think Alpena has nothing to be ashamed of.

We’ve learned from this process, and next year’s application will be even stronger.