Downtown Economic Development District

The Downtown Economic Development District is a quasi-governmental organization whose purpose is to creatively plan, manage and develop Downtown Monroe as the unique, diverse, vibrant and economically healthy core of the city. Monroe DEDD strives to provide a clean, safe and vibrant downtown environment for workers, residents and visitors. Areas of focus include Economic Development, Business Recruitment, Business Retention, Marketing, and Historic Preservation.

There are tax incentives available for downtown development.

For more information contact Myra Gatling-Akers: myra.gatling@ci.monroe.la.us

Board Members

Larry Bratton
Earl Davis
Dr. Anthony Nelson
Michael Sampagnaro
Doug Walters
Steve Taylor
Fred Hill
Clydell Jones


Vision

  • To establish downtown Monroe as a destination to live, work, and play.

Mission

  • Create attractive physical and economic conditions in downtown Monroe.

Past Projects

  • Led efforts to get Downtown RiverMarket
  • Placement of signage on I-20 directing people to the downtown area
  • Established Art Alley to assist in marketing the art galleries
  • Produced "Let's Go Downtown" magazine to market assets of the downtown area
  • Led efforts to have brick planters built on Art Alley
  • DEDD hosted luncheon to give update on progress and plans for downtown.
  • Worked on Louisville enhancement project

Current Projects

  • Working with zoning consultants to provide what is needed for downtown.
  • Working on completing pedestrian crossing on Art Alley
  • Working with city on DeSiard Street Enhancement Grant for sidewalks and lighting.
  • Working to build Riverwalk in Downtown Monroe.

 

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