The Downtown Development Authority of the City of Iron Mountain was started in 1978 by the common council of the city and entrusted business and citizen volunteers. Projects have included public parking lots and beautification since its inception, demolished vacant buildings, established master plans for streetscape and scenescape by Primary Design Institute of Milwaukee (which are being used today for decorative lighting, trees, underground wiring, planters and bricks), as well as low interest loan programs for Iron Mountain businesses.
The Out to Lunch noon programs and reorganized Farmer's Market have helped bring people to the downtown area. In the last year, the DDA has adopted the Main Street Program in part of the district to promote historical renovation and design for merchants and downtown condo/apartments, and for residents as well as a needed market study.
All programs have been and are financed with 1.5 mils for the DDA district by the city merchants, donations towards the beautification projects by the public and donations from business and industry.
Our Mission Statement:
The mission of Iron Mountain Main Street is to enhance and promote the economic and social vitality of our downtown district by cultivating a unique and quality atmosphere that attracts and retains businesses, shoppers, and residents while maintaining our historic character utilizing the Main Street "Four-Point Approach."
Have a Downtown Building that you want to improve?
Then check out the Iron Mountain DDA "Low Interest Loan Program"
Downtown Facade Low-Interest Loan Program
Iron Mountain DDA Bylaws
Adopted April 21, 2008
June 2007 Special
July 2007 Special
May 2008 Special
The Iron Mountain Business and Professional Association (IMBPA), The Dickinson Council for the Arts, the Northwoods Garden Club, seven area banks, The Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA), The Daily news and WMIQ radio and WJNR have been major co-sponsors of the DDA since 1978.