The Owosso DDA was formed in 1977 for the purpose of reversing physical and economic decay in the downtown area. This authority consists of a nine member board that is a corporate body of the City of Owosso as permitted under Act 197 of 1975. The DDA collects revenues from taxes generated by a 2-mil levy and a tax increment financing district. Proceeds from these revenues are used as operating monies and as debt service for physical improvements and other activities in the downtown. The DDA/TIF plan was last revised in 2003.
The Owosso Main Street program was established in 2009 to further develop and promote business and activity in downtown Owosso. This authority is operated by the DDA and has boundaries that are slightly smaller in scope. A link below provides a map that illustrates the boundaries of the DDA & OMS. The programming of OMS is done in cooperation with the Michigan Main Street office and upholds the four program pillars of: Economic Restructuring, Design, Promotions, and Organization.
The group is very involved in infrastructure planning and event planning in the downtown area. Such initiatives include community-wide wayfinding, streetscapes, and the farmers’ market. The group will also be encouraging the development of businesses and physical spaces downtown.
For more information visit the Owosso Main Street and Michigan Main Street website.