DDA to continue Associate designation for Main Street

ALPENA – The Alpena Downtown Development Authority unanimously voted to continue Alpena’s designation as an Associate Michigan Main Street Community at its meeting Tuesday. Last year the DDA applied for a “Select” level, but was not chosen to receive the designation.

“My opinion is that it is imperative we stick with it,” Chair Missi LeFave said.

In order to continue at an Associate level, the community must participate in the scheduled program services provided by Michigan Main Street including basic training, practice training and an overview presentation; one individual from the community must attend. Last year members of the DDA went to learn and represent the community.

“The board has decided to continue at the Associate level and make the decision whether to apply for Select as the year progresses,” DDA Executive Director Lesslee Dort said. “We have until September to let Main Street know we would like to apply for Select.”

If the board wishes to again apply for the Select level, a letter of interest must be sent in by Sept. 5, with an application deadline of Dec. 5.

Dort also said she has been in contact with other DDAs around the area, and is meeting with them to discuss ideas and share successes within a casual setting. So far, Dort has confirmation from five communities, and is excited about meeting to discuss projects, promotions, legislation and grant opportunities, along with many other topics related to the DDA. Alpena will host the first meeting between these northern Michigan communities in late April.

Nicole Grulke can be reached via email at ngrulke@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687. Follow Nicole on Twitter @ng_alpenanews.