Downtown Development Authority

Downtown Development Authority

Primary Contact:
Anne Gentry, Executive Director
Community Development Building
124 E. Chisholm Street
Alpena, MI 49707
Phone: 989.356.6422
Fax: 989.356.3999

City of Alpena Primary Contact:
Adam Poll, Planning & Development Director 
Phone: 989.354.1770
Fax: 989.354.1709
Appointee Name Office


Matt Wojda   4 Years Mayor 10/01/2018 08/15/2022
Shawn Straley   4 Years Mayor 07/06/2015 07/06/2023
Rachel Smolinski City Manager Term of Office  PA 197.10.75    
Todd Britton   4 Years Mayor 08/01/2011 08/01/2023
Anne Gentry Ex. Director        
Chad Esch   4 Years Mayor 11/17/2008 11/17/2020
Michael Mahler Chairman 4 Years Mayor 11/17/2008 11/17/2020
Joanna Cooper   4 Years Mayor 09/18/2017 09/16/2021
Aaron Buza   4 Years Mayor 04/21/2014 04/01/2022
Kyrie Momrik   4 Years Mayor 06/19/2017 07/17/2021
Griffin James   4 Years Mayor 10/15/2018 10/15/2022
 Jeffrey Mindock   4 Years Mayor 09/05/2017   07/17/2021

The Downtown Development Authority Mission, as established by Public Act 197 of 1975 is: To correct and prevent deterioration in the established DDA district, to encourage historic preservation, to acquire and dispose of interests in real and personal property, to create and implement development plans in the district, and to promote the economic growth of the district. The goal of the DDA is to implement positive economic and aesthetic changes in downtown Alpena according to the National Main Street Program through a 4 committee structure. Each committee reports to the DDA board.

How can I become a member of this Board?
There is a  short application, which is  available at City Hall or the application can be downloaded by clicking here.  After submitting the application and proper review, suitable recommendation can be by the Mayor, City Council, or City Manager for appointment to this board/committee.