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A downtown strategic vision identifies development and redevelopment goals for a city's downtown district and serves as a roadmap for revitalization efforts. Downtown Development Authority (DDA) training provides local leaders with the skills they need to ensure a healthy, vibrant downtown.


Downtown Development Authorities have appointed boards with the responsibility of revitalization and redevelopment of the central business district/downtown of the city.

DDAs are responsible for

  • developing and promoting downtowns

  • making long-range plans or proposals for downtowns

  • financing (by loan, grant, lease, borrow or otherwise) projects for the public good

  • executing contracts and agreements

  • purchasing, leasing, and selling property

  • issuing revenue bonds and notes


What are the training requirements for DDA board members?

With the exception of a member who also serves on the city council, all Downtown Development Authority board members must take at least 8 hours of training on downtown development and redevelopment programs within the first 12 months of their appointment to the Downtown Development Authority. 


Basic DDA Training

This introductory course is designed for those who serve on downtown development authorities, but it is open to all city officials. Course topics include:

  • management of downtown as a valuable resource

  • the role of the authority, board members, and staff

  • DDA laws

  • day-to-day operations of a downtown development authority


Advanced DDA Training

Basic DDA Training is a prerequisite for participating in this more advanced downtown development course. This course is ideal for those serving on downtown development authorities. Like Basic DDA Training, it is open to all city officials.


Participants will learn

  • the fundamentals of navigating Business Improvement Districts (BID), Community Improvement Districts (CID), and Tax Allocation Districts (TAD)

  • the Redevelopment Powers Act

  • Urban Redevelopment Law

  • historic preservation tax credits

  • how to maximize federal, state, and local partnerships and incentives


Registration fees: Basic DDA: $225; Advanced DDA: $225


We have partnered with the Georgia Municipal Association and the Georgia Cities Foundation to offer one-day Downtown Development Authority (DDA) training sessions at locations throughout the state.



"The CVIOG DDA training taught me how to begin to bridge the gap between the public and private sector and how to make the DDA work for this community."

Darien McCray, member, City of Metter Downtown Development Authority

"The information in this training is useful in my role as a DDA board member: funding opportunities for downtown development; open meetings law; and historic preservation tools. Create the product and you will create the market."

Elaine Burge, member, Sandersville Downtown Development Authority

The following are Downtown Development Authority training opportunities done in partnership with the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and the Georgia Downtown Association (GDA). Contact GMA for registration information.

  • GMA Spring Training Event at Lake Lanier
    March 31, 2017 – Downtown Development Authority Basic Training

  • GMA Annual Convention in Savannah
    June 27, 2017 – Advanced Downtown Development Authority Training

  • GDA Annual Conference in Columbus
    August 21, 2017 – Downtown Development Authority Basic Training AND Advanced Downtown Development Authority Training

  • GMA Fall One-Day Training Event in Athens
    September 27, 2017 – Downtown Development Authority Basic Training



No courses are currently available.