The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is an independent taxing district established by the Florida State Legislature in 1965. Led by a seven-member appointed board of directors, the Fort Lauderdale DDA has spearheaded legacy projects over the past fifty years to ensure Downtown is and remains the urban center of Broward County. Collaborating with public and private stakeholders the DDA continues to serve as a the agency responsible for coordinating and facilitating continued investment, community engagement, and consistent improvement in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.  


An advocate for the greater Downtown Fort Lauderdale community, the official DDA district generally spans from Broward Center for the Performing Arts, east to Federal Highway, and from Sistrunk Boulevard and NE 4th Street in Flagler Village, south to Southeast 7th Street. Click here for a map of the boundaries.


Charlie Ladd

Barron Commercial Development, Inc.

Board Vice Chair

Steve Hudson

Hudson Capital Group

Board Treasurer

Greg Durden

Gregory Durden, P.A.

Board Member

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John Ropes

Ropes Associates

Board Chair

Alan Hooper

Hooper Construction

Board Secretary

Tim Petrillo

The Restaurant People

Board Member

Jim Ellis

Ellis Diversified

Board Member

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Jenni Morejon

President & CEO

EIizabeth Van Zandt

Executive Vice-President

Alex Saiz

Planning & Program Manager

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Marti Brown

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

John Milledge

Legal Counsel

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