The Windsor Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was formed in January 2011 by a vote of the downtown business and property owners, and officially approved and adopted as a DDA organization by the Town of Windsor Board on February 28, 2011. Comprised of a seven member board of directors plus a representative from the Town of Windsor Board, the DDA is dedicated to revitalizing downtown Windsor while preserving the history and heritage of this thriving community. The board meets monthly on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 am at the Windsor Town Hall.
A comprehensive Downtown Development Work Plan has been developed for 2012 that includes beautification of the downtown corridor, a parking study, promotion of the DDA to potential new retail businesses, and collaboration with community events and other promotions to increase awareness of the community as a whole and further promote a spirit of good will, partnership and cooperation. Additionally, the Work Plan includes assisting new and established businesses to grow and expand through an opportunity to network with a diverse and progressive group of business professionals.
Three volunteer subcommittees have been formed to start work on the beautification plan for downtown, to develop a parking plan, and to create a marketing strategy. Volunteers will be crucial to the success of the DDA and new committees will continue to form and expand. The DDA welcomes any interested business leader or community member to get involved. Your long-term investment of time, expertise, talents and skills will be much appreciated as the DDA progresses toward the future development and preservation of downtown Windsor. If you are interested in volunteering, email our current Chairman, Bob Winter,firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the municipal election in 2012, a mill levy override is scheduled to be voted on by its constituents. The election will allow the DDA to begin spending the sales tax increment financing agreed to by the Town of Windsor for the next five years in order to support this new entity. The revenue will be generated from within the boundaries of the DDA and allocated for the exclusive purpose of helping to stimulate economic growth and development in downtown Windsor. Additionally, this vote will allow the business owners to tax themselves up to five mills to fund continued improvements to the DDA.