2017-06-14 / News

Walker named to Michigan Downtown Association board

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com


Imlay City Downtown Development Authority Director Dana Walker is welcomed to the Michigan Downtown Association’s board by MDA Board Chair Becky Goodman and MDA Executive Director Jerry Dettloff. 
Submitted photo Imlay City Downtown Development Authority Director Dana Walker is welcomed to the Michigan Downtown Association’s board by MDA Board Chair Becky Goodman and MDA Executive Director Jerry Dettloff. Submitted photo IMLAY CITY — Imlay City’s Downtown Development Authority director has been named to serve on the Michigan Downtown Association’s (MDA) Board of Directors.

She was named to the board June 8 at the MDA’s Summer Workshop in Dearborn. The workshop’s theme was “Embracing Art & Culture: Cool Tools for Economic Development.”

With a population of 3,582, Imlay City will be the smallest community in the state with representation on the 37-yearold MDA board.

Most of the board members are from larger communities,” Walker said. “I hope to give some sort of voice to smaller communities when they’re discussing policy or legislation in Lansing.

Walker said the closest community to Imlay City, in terms of size, on the MDA board is Petoskey, with a population of 5,719. But she added, Petoskey’s tourism-oriented economy is very different from Imlay City’s.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the MDA and its Board of Directors,” Walker said, noting the Imlay City DDA has been a MDA member for several years.

Walker was named Imlay City’s DDA director in 2014 and was Chamber of Commerce director for the city three years before that. Walker learned a lot when she attended MDA conferences. “I’m pretty impressed with the association,” she said.

“Downtowns are so important to a community’s economic vitality and downtown districts offer entertainment and cultural opportunities that can’t be found elsewhere.” Walker said, “Small businesses are what drive our community and it is important to support local entrepreneurs however we can.”

She said being on the MDA board will help her gain “first-hand knowledge,” on issues in Lansing effecting Imlay City. She added it also puts her in a position to advocate for Imlay City and communities like it.

Walker said the MDA encourages the development, redevelopment and continuing improvement of Michigan communities and downtowns. Its members support economic development within the State of Michigan.

The group also holds education conferences throughout the year that feature other DDA directors and experts in the field of economic development sharing their success stories and offering ideas that can be implemented in downtown Imlay City.

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