The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established as an independent taxing district by Special Act of the Florida State Legislature in 1965. The Act was amended in 1967 and again in 1969 and 1992, expanding the DDA's powers and boundaries. The DDA was formed to provide for the rehabilitation, redevelopment, and revitalization of slum and blighted areas in the Downtown.
The DDA's Governing Board consists of seven members, appointed by the City Commission, to serve four year staggered terms. Board members must own property within the Authority's 370 acre jurisdiction or be an executive with a corporation owning commercial property within the jurisdiction, and thus have a vested interest in the activities of the DDA.
The DDA has played a variety of constructive roles since its creation. It has been, and continues to be, an economic development agency, a redevelopment agency, a marketing organization, and a coordinator and facilitator among various private and governmental entities involved in and with the Downtown. The vitality and dynamism of the Downtown with shining office towers and cultural, educational and entertainment amenities are tangible testimony to the effectiveness of the DDA and the vision of its governing Boards throughout the past decades.
"To focus on growing the residential community and the amenities that service it, highlighting the regional activity center
as the downtown of Broward County and facilitating its physical and economic development."
Bought 14 acres of land during the 70's to use as leverage to locate
facilities downtown a) Donated land for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of
Discovery & Science, and the Broward County Main Library
b) Sold land at below market rate to the Museum of Art
c) Turned a parking lot into a beautiful park at Las Olas & Andrews
d) Directed governmental & commercial uses to the downtown core, creating a
residential and cultural renaissance
Issued a Bond in 2000 for Streetscape, Park & Transit Improvements a) Completed the 2nd Street/Himmarshee streetscape demonstration project in 2005
in partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale
b) Built an amphitheater and fountain in the Huizenga Plaza in early 2000
c) Started working on building a downtown transit system!
To learn about additional initiatives, check out the projects/programs page.