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City of Jackson Downtown Development  Authority August 2016 / Newslett er  

   2016 Friday Film Festival a tremendous success

The Friday Film Festival has become a summer staple in the heart of downtown Jackson. With the help of local sponsors, the Michigan Theatre of Jackson, and volunteers, this event has become a hit for the whole family!

"I think this event is unique in that it truly caters to all ages. We try to choose films that are family friendly classics, that would appeal to parents who may have grown up with them. It was our goal to seek sponsors to ensure that the festival remains free to anyone in our community. We were so fortunate for Phil Tripp, of Tripp's Auto Shop, and his amazing support." DDA Board of Directors member Kathryn Snyder says. 

"I am thrilled at how well the community has supported the Friday Film Festival with their attendance and positive feedback. I can only hope that as these children grow up they think of events like this in downtown Jackson."

The finale of the Friday Film Festival is E.T. The Extra Terrestrial by Stephen King showing this Friday, August 5, 2016 at about 9:15pm in Horace Blackman Park. 

    Friday, July 29th outdoor movie in Horace Blackman Park  The Goonies 
Thank you to our sponsors Tripp's Auto Shop and Michigan Credit Union League. 
  Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

 The Michigan Farmers Market Association will be at the market on Friday, August 12th to conduct a Rapid Market Assessment . Come down and share with us your ideas of how to improve your downtown farmers market!

Connect with the
Grand Rivers Farmers Market on 
Facebook !
Hanover Craft Meats is a small family farm that provides grass fed pork and lamb, as well as free range chickens. Look out for them on Fridays at the Grand River Farmers Market!

  Redeem your Double Up Food Bucks at our farmers market located in Downtown Jackson
Through the doors of downtown!
A Frame Above changes store name to more accurately reflect offerings
180 W. Michigan Ave  Jackson, MI

  Open Monday thru Friday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wendy Clifton owner of 'A Frame Above' has added scarfs, purses, jewelry, gifts and more to the 180 W. Michigan Ave storefront. Their name now represents a well rounded idea of what to expect in the store. ' A Frame Above and 180 Chic Boutique'.

Beads To Live By
145 Cortland Ave Jackson, Mi
Cassandra Spicer of Beads to Live By started working part-time 8 years ago at a local bead shop. She has been beading for nearly 15 years now. Spicer currently runs her very own bead shop in downtown Jackson which opened in February 2013. 

New this past spring Beads to Live By expanded their  fire polish selection by about 3 times of what they used to carry. Stop by and see their expanded inventory and remember to inquire about beading classes as well!

August Calendar of Events
Click Here for links to the event schedule on our website!
DDA Board of Directors dramatically increases facade loan budget for 2016-2017
Facade Loan Program

This program provides financial incentive for improvement of the exterior appearance of buildings within the DDA district. Financial assistance, up to $15,000, is provided in a grant/zero interest loan combination. Interested applicants should review the guidelines and contact the DDA regarding the availability of funds. For further information on facade improvement, please contact the DDA office at (517) 788-4355.


The DDA has 3 advisory committees comprised of individuals in the community who have a passion to see Downtown Jackson continue to flourish. The Promotions Committee, Economic Restructuring Committee, and Design Committee advise the DDA Board on issues and help make downtown a better place. 

The DDA is currently looking for additional members to the following committees: 

Design Committee

Works to get Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets — such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets — is just part of the story. Learn More 

Promotions Committee

Promotion takes many forms, but the goal is to create a positive image that will rekindle community pride and improve consumer and investor confidence in your commercial district. Learn More

 Jackson Downtown
Development Authority
161 W. Michigan Ave
Jackson, Michigan 49201
Phone: (517) 788-4355


DDA Staff
Nathan Mack
Executive Director

Kaiti McDonough
Executive Assistant

DDA Board of Directors 
Steven Duke, Chairperson
Donna Blake-Simmons, Vice Chairperson
Jason Butterfield, Treasurer
Kathryn Snyder, Secretary
William Jors, Mayor
Jacqueline Austin, Director
Bart Hawley, Director
Wendy Clifton, Director
Chris Gancsos, Director
Allan Hooper, Director
Charles Dunigan, Director

The mission  of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to encourage historic preservation, to create and implement development plans, to promote economic growth, and to correct and prevent deterioration in the District.  
  Thank you to our summer event sponsors!