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Downtown Development

Steven VanTol
DDA Director
The mission of the City of Auburn Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to create and implement development plans, provide physical improvements to the District, promote economic growth and to correct and prevent deterioration in the DDA District thereby establishing a downtown that is healthy, viable and economically sound for the future. It was created by Michigan Act 197 of 1975.


Check out the new “Welcome to Auburn” sign installed on the corner of Garfield and Midland.

 The Auburn Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has financed the construction of the welcome sign, street lights and landscaping for a more modern urban “downtown” design. The DDA is funded through Tax-Increment Financing (TIF). This means that taxes paid within the DDA District are re-invested in the district annually. The DDA Board of Directors includes business owners, property owners, residents and liaison members for the City Commission.

Auburn DDA 2015-2016 Budget

DDA Boundary Map

DDA Boundaries (Green) City Boundaries (Red)

2017 DDA Meeting Dates

Meet at City Hall at 10:00 a.m. the 4th Tuesday of the month

January 24, 2017

February 28, 2017

March 28, 2017

April 25, 2017

May 23, 2017

June 27, 2017

July 25, 2017

August 22, 2017

September 26, 2017

October 24, 2017

November 28, 2017

December 19, 2017


Current DDA Members: 

 Title Name Term Expires
Chairperson  Mary Williams Mar-16
Vice Chair   Diane McNally Mar-17
Mayor Lee Kilbourn Nov-18
Secretary Gary DeShano Mar-17

Chad Fournier Mar-16
  Robert Feinauer Mar-19 
  Adam Carroll Mar-17
  Jane Berry Mar-17

Jim Kilda  Mar-16 
113 E Elm St., Auburn MI 48611 989-662-6761

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