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

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 5:30 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 April 2024
Don Cameron – Chair April 2025
Jonathan Bortles – Vice Chair April 2025
Brad Miller April 2025
Noah Heaney April 2026
Chris Ball April 2027
Tamara Munroe April 2027
COG Mesa

 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

Additional Resources

City of Golden, Colorado
COG Mesa
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