Downtown Development Authority

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA), established in 2014, is a special district that supports the economic and community vitality of the downtown area through the following programs:

  • Holiday lighting, sidewalk power washing, streetscape and other improvements
  • Grants for small businesses, arts and culture, and special events
  • Tax increment financing incentives to eligible redevelopment projects
  • Tribute brick pavers to honor or remember a person or occasion

The DDA is funded through incremental sales and property taxes generated in the district as well as a five mill downtown property tax.

DDA’s Focus Areas

  • Business Vitality & Support
  • Community Character & Culture
  • Public Space & Infrastructure
  • Land Use & Transportation


The DDA has many grant programs to help businesses thrive, enhance arts and culture opportunities, and make downtown a wonderful place to visit. You are encouraged to explore the funding assistance programs. For eligibility requirements and applications, please visit the Grant Opportunities page.

DDA News

  • In 2017, the DDA invested in sidewalk upgrades on 8th Street and 12th Street to improve accessibility.
  • In 2018, the DDA will upgrade part of the electrical infrastructure in Prospectors Alley to improve vehicular access.
  • The board is continuing to discuss downtown legacy projects and large infrastructure projects that might occur in the next several years.
  • Save the date for DDA meetings. The 2020 meeting calendar is in the Helpful Documents section of this webpage.
  • Sign up for DDA’s email list to get more updates.

Helpful Documents

DDA Logo
DDA Invite
DDA Project Map

DDA Board Meetings

The DDA meets on the third Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted on the calendar) at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

To view agendas of upcoming meetings or view minutes or stream audio of meetings, visit our Agenda, Minutes, Web Casts, Schedule page.

To view archived agendas and minutes from meetings prior to May 2015, please visit our Document Center.

Board Member

Board Member Term Ends
Karen Oxman – Chair April 2024
Casey Brown April 2022
Jonathan Bortles April 2025
Heather Schneider – Vice Chair April 2025
Brandon Narva April 2022
Dean Valdez April 2023
JJ Risch April 2023

COG Mesa

 Golden has 402 acres of open space
and maintains 253 acres of parks right within the city itself.

Additional Resources

City of Golden, Colorado
COG Mesa
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