Hello! Welcome to the new Jackson Downtown Development Authority Newsletter!
City of Jackson Downtown Development  Authority
May 2016 / Newsletter 

  Rainbow peaking around the County Building in Downtown Jackson
Welcome to the New DDA Monthly Newsletter!
A monthly publication written, designed and published by the DDA, in an effort to keep the lines of communication open between all Downtown individuals, businesses and organizations.
  Jackson DDA Gears up for the
2016 Grand River Farmers Market
  Opening date set for Friday June 3, 2016 from 8am - 1pm!
  • This year the DDA is working with the Jackson YMCA to have morning yoga, children's activities and nutritional education. 

  • Live music will be scheduled for the market.
  • Currently, we have room for both seasonal vendors and daily vendors . If you would like to become a vendor, we encourage you to review our guidelines and fill out at an application to turn into the DDA.
  • The DDA would like to announce and welcome our new farmers market coordinator, Janet Meyer! Janet will be at the market information table each market day.

  • No cash? That's fine! We accept Visa and MasterCard. Use your card at the market coordinator's table and receive tokens to use at the market!
  • Other types of payment we accept are Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project Fresh,
    SNAP-MI Bridge Cards, Henry Ford Allegiance Health Fruit & Veggie Dollars. 

The farmers market will be open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The grand opening is set for June 3, 2016 and the season will run until the last weekend in October. 

Connect with the Grand Rivers Farmers Market on  Facebook
New Businesses Coming to Downtown!
 'The Dirty Bird'

Renovations at 140 W. Michigan Ave are nearing completion. "The Dirty Bird", set to open this year, will offer chicken wings, 40 beers on tap, and a 1964 biplane hanging from the ceiling, according to an  Mlive article  published in December 2014.
The project will also house three market rate apartments above the restaurant. 
  Before  (December 2014)
  (Photo Courtesy of  Danielle Duval | MLive.com)
  After  (April 2016)
  'Notch 8'

Soon Downtown Jackson will have a new storefront for shopping! Overstock items bought from Amazon will fill the shelves at 125 E. Michigan Ave. The DDA, Midtown Association and Anchor Initiative worked together to bring Notch 8 to downtown.

"We will carry everything from toothpaste to purses and car parts...  we will have something for everyone," Neil Fernandes, founder of Notch 8, said.

Fernandes is also the  CEO of the non-profit organization “Rise Above". Rise Above helps troubled youth re-enter back into high school if they’ve been suspended. All of the profits from Notch 8 will be donated back into the community and to Rise Above.   

 "'Notch 8' is a railway term .  It is in reference to diesel locomotives and their throttle.  The throttle has eight notches.  The first notch is low gear and the eighth notch is the top gear (fastest gear).  Our goal is to sell things quickly and then bring in new exciting items."
Jim Stovall,
President of the Midtown Association and owner of The Wandering Owl on Downtown Jackson
The DDA recently sat down with Jim Stovall, President of the Midtown Association to discuss the Midtown Association and Downtown Jackson. 

How did you first get involved with Midtown Association and what was your first impression?
Working at Anderson Creative Printing, the owner Carolyn, is really big on having community involvement. Midtown was one of those opportunities. T he diversity in the group is that they are all idea people and that all the ideas don't necessarily get used but everybody's got a different way of looking at things. I was also surprised how quickly Midtown brings you into the group becoming apart of the team. You can get involved very quickly. 

What do you wish others knew about the Midtown Association?

If you get your businesses information to Midtown we are able to connect people together and getting that information out there. It's really about networking, who knows who and who has done what before.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about coming downtown?
There is a ton of opportunities. Downtown, in my mind, is really on the cusp of a real explosion. We have people coming in, we have apartments lining up. We also are a food scene, with a ton of really great food spots. 

What would you tell some one who is thinking about joining the Midtown Association?
Joining the organization they'd be able to help out with the promotion of downtown through the promotion of How Bazaar. That promotion of downtown and being apart of the group that is trying to make these developments and connections happen.

Any additional information you would like to mention?
How Bazaar is now entering its third year. It's a huge event that is growing every single year. What's really neat about How Bazaar is the money that is generated by the event is being used to advertise downtown businesses. The money also helps with the Christmas shopping campaigns and with the small business advertising campaigns. 

To find out more about Midtown Association and how to join the organization visit their website and connect with them on Facebook

  Spring Calendar of Events
4 ~ Jackson County Police Memorial
Police Officers in Jackson County paying homage to those who have died in the line of duty. Bucky Harris Park at 12 p.m. 

4-6 ~ Jackson Storyfest - A Community Collaboration
Presented by Jackson District Library. This event will take place at various times throughout downtown. Visit www.jacksonstoryfest.org for a complete schedule. 
6 ~ The Black Lillies at The Wax
Doors open at 7:30p.m. Price: $18 in advance /$20 at the door. The Black Lillies are a band for all ages: rich, rootsy tunes performed with as much heart as technical virtuosity. 
Visit www.jacksonsymphony.org for ticket and more information about The Black Lillies.

7 Free Comic Book Day at Nostalgia Ink
One of thousands of comic book shops around the world celebrating the biggest day in the comic book industry and comic art form. Cosplay is encouraged. For more information on Free Comic Book Day visit: www.freecomicbookday.com or Nostalgia Ink

21 ~ Downtown Summer Planting Day
Downtown Development Authority annual event. The Dig Downtown project is complete and Downtown Jackson will be in bloom beginning at 9 a.m!

21 ~ Gears, Beards, & Beers
Starting at Grand River Brewery from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. inside and outside entertainment. After 6 p.m. the event moves to Michigan Theatre of Jackson for more live music and various local brews. All proceeds from this event will support the Theater Restoration Fund. For more information visit:  Gears, Beards, & Beers .
27 ~ First Cruise Night!
Family oriented events featuring classic cars on display. There will also be food vendors at this event. Interested in vending at the Cruise-In? Click here for the application!

30 ~ Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. Ceremony will be held at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 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 
Bart Hawley, Chairperson
Steve Duke, Vice Chairperson
Jason Butterfield, Treasurer
Kathryn Snyder, Secretary
Bill Jors, Mayor
Jacqueline Austin, Director
Donna Blake-Simmons, Director
Wendy Clifton, Director
Chris Gancsos, Director
Allan Hooper, Director
Robert Simmons, Director
James Stovall, Director
Jeannette Woodard, 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.  
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