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City of Jackson Downtown Development  AuthorityNovember 2016 / Newsletter 

Holiday DDA Day
Saturday, November 19th, 2016

"Discover Downtown Again" (DDA) Day is a great way to help our community rediscover the assests of our beautiful downtown. We will be having the following two events take place for DDA day. 

Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Candi's BZB Cafe. 
-LAF Lines Photography will be taking photos of children with Santa from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Live Reindeer in Horace Blackman Park from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. 
-Letters to Santa and Santa's mailbox. 

This event is a kickoff for Small Business Saturday that will take place the following weekend, Saturday, November 26th. The DDA has become a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday and will be collecting promotional materials from local downtown businesses and stuffing them into Shop Small Saturday canvas bags. These bags will be passed out during DDA Day November 19th. Be sure to check out the items in the bag as there may be opportunities to win prizes at downtown businesses. 

DDA Day creates a great opportunity to showcase downtown as a fun, festive, and exciting shopping destination!
Small Business Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Spread the Shop Small Saturday love! 

Created by American Express, Shop Small Saturday is a national holiday that celebrates America's small businesses. The day encourages the community to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Shop Small Saturday has become increasingly popular across the nation as more and more small businesses are joining the campaign. 

Supporting small businesses in your community is very important and here is some information on why!

Buying local also supports yourself 
Many studies show that when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, instead of a nationally-owned businesses, significantly more of your money is spent by these businesses to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms. This continues to strengthen the economic base of the community.

Keeping a unique community
The places we shop, choose to eat, have fun or relax, collectively makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place.

Investing in your local community
Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community. They are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

What are the economic impacts of small businesses? According to the Small Business Administration:

  • There are 23 million small businesses in the country.
  • Small businesses have increased by 49% since 1982.
  • 54% of U.S. sales happen at small businesses.
  • Small businesses have created 8 million jobs since 1990.
  • Franchised small businesses employ roughly 8 million people, and make up 40 % of all American retail jobs.

The Midtown Association of Jackson has created a Facebook event page for Small Business Saturday. This page was created so everyone can discover what sales and promotions will be available by our local downtown businesses. Click the photo below for the event page!

Downtown bars & restaurants come together for
The Chase employees with benefit dinner & bar crawl, November 7th, 5:30pm to 10pm
On Sunday, October 23rd a fire broke out in a dumpster behind The Chase sports bar's building and has caused it to close for four weeks for repairs.

The Dirty Bird, Grand River BreweryJunk Yard Dog, & Night Light are coming together to help out the employees of The Chase Sports bar who have been temporarily displaced from their jobs.

Join us for an evening of dinner and drinks, starting at Grand River Brewery. There is no cost and the event is open to the public. We simply ask for a donation of your choosing and will offer a buffet consisting of a selection of our in-house smoked bbq. For every pint purchased at Grand River that evening, $1 will be donated along with proceeds from various raffles. 

After dinner, The Dirty Bird, Junk Yard Dog, and The Night Light will be hosting celebrity bartenders, more raffles, and entertainment. All tips received that evening will be donated to the staff and The Dirty Bird has generously agreed to donate 1/2 of it's evenings beer sales.

Downtown Jackson
Christmas Parade

The 26th Annual Downtown Jackson Christmas Parade "Christmas in Toy land", is Friday, November 18 at 6 pm.

Santa will be available to meet with children following the parade at the Michigan Theater of Jackson
on Mechanic Street.

Interested in putting a float in the 2016 Christmas Parade?

Thank you for a great season!
See you next year!
Vendors at the Grand River Farmers Market 
Curtis Farms Market
Beads to Live By address correction:
  Beads to Live By is located at 

145 South Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49201
DDA Business Assistance  
Facade Loan Program

This program provides financial incentive for improvement of the exterior appearance of buildings within the DDA district. Financial assistance is in the form of a grant/zero interest loan combination, forgivable over a seven year period. Interested applicants should review the guidelines below and contact the DDA regarding the availability of funds. For further information on facade improvement, visit the National Parks Service's guide on appropriate storefront design here. Please contact the DDA at 517-788-4355 if you are interested in the Facade Loan Guidelines/Application.

November Calendar of Events
for links to the event schedule on our website!

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

We are currently looking to add members with an architectural background to the design committee. Read more about our design committee below. 

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 

 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 
Steve Duke, Chairperson
Donna Blake-Simmons, Vice Chairperson
Jason Butterfield, Treasurer
Kathryn Snyder, Secretary
Bill Jors, Mayor
Jacqueline Austin, Director
Bart Hawley, Director
Wendy Clifton, Director
Charlie Dunigan, Director
Chris Gancsos, Director
Allan Hooper, Director
Karen Bunnell, 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.