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Honors' Downtown Development Authority will be Focus of Open Forum October 9

Information and education about downtown development authorities (DDA) will be the focus of a forum scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Platte River Elementary School. The purpose of the forum is to help participants understand the purpose, roles, relationships and impacts of a DDA. The forum is open to individuals from any community who are interested in learning about DDA's.

The first segment of the meeting will be devoted to a presentation of the facts involving the creation, authority and impacts of a DDA along with examples of how DDA's have impacted certain Michigan communities.   

The second segment will be a facilitated question and answer session involving forum participants and two panelists, Bryan Crough, Executive Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority and John Iacoagelli, Partner, Beckett & Raeder, who has helped a number of communities establish DDA's.

Platte River Elementary School is located at 11434 Main Street (also known as US 31), Honor, Michigan 49640.

The Forum will be facilitated by Tim Ervin and Jami Klomp who are volunteering their time at the request of the Honor Area Restoration Project to support the meeting.    Ervin and Klomp hold positions with the Alliance for Economic Success in Manistee.

"The Honor Area Restoration Project believes it is essential for all community interests to have the opportunity to learn about important community options and decisions in a neutral setting based on facts from outside experts," said Ingemar Johansson, who co-chairs the nonprofit formed to support the restoration of Honor. "We've asked Tim and Jami to neutrally facilitate this forum so that everyone can and should feel welcomed to attend and ask questions. We also want our partners from other communities to join us if they are interested in learning about downtown development authorities."


Information provided by Alliance for Economic Success, contact Jami Klomp at 231-723-4325.


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