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Main Street Oakland County Hosts Downtown 'Sense of Place' Workshop

Public Date: 7/24/2012 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communications Officer, Economic Development and Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

​Waterford, Michigan -- Can you have a successful Downtown without a Downtown Development Authority (DDA)? Be informed and be ready for the Michigan's legislative activities regarding DDA districts.

Main Street Oakland County is sponsoring "Downtown Sense of Place Workshop" on Aug. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Grande Banquet Center, 1 Lafayette Street (at N. Saginaw St.) in downtown Pontiac.
Nationally respected speakers Donovan Rypkema (principal, Place Economics, Washington, D.C.), Thom Guzman (director, Iowa Downtown Resource Center) and Ray Scriber (director, Louisiana Main Street) will lead discussions on how other states run successful downtown revitalization and the future for DDA Districts.
Topics include:
  • Downsizing DDA Districts
  • Where is Downtown in your DDA?
  • Downtown Management without Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
  • Can you have a successful Downtown without DDA's?
"Our Downtowns are job generators," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "With or without DDAs, we must keep our downtowns strong and well-managed. Main Street Oakland County provides these management tools."

Registration is $25 and includes breakfast, lunch and materials. RSVP with contact information to Alex Hritcu at or call (248) 858-2033. Send checks payable to Oakland County to: Main Street Oakland County, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41 W, Waterford, MI 48328-0412
Oakland County was the first county in the United States to operate a full-fledged county-wide Main Street program for the 32 distinct, historic downtowns in Oakland County. The county program began in 2000. In 2011, more than $19 million of new public and private investment was made in MSOC downtowns. More information is available at the MSOC website: