About Destination Development Association

What is the Destination Development Association?

Nearly every state and province is home to hundreds of communities, and most of them are rural or bedroom communities. In fact, of the 19,500 cities and towns in the United States, only one thousand have populations of more than 40,000 residents. Virtually all of these communities need help to become a more successful place for their residents: a more desirable destination to invest in, live in and visit.

Where can you find a single-source resource that will provide you with the tools to make your community a vibrant, thriving destination? How do you get local organizations and municipalities to work together to achieve their common goals?

Where can you find the best practices, trends and technologies from the best resources and provide them to your community so you are all on the same page, working in unison?


DDA Overview

The Destination Development Association was created to answer the questions above. DDA is the essential membership association for developing vibrant, thriving community destinations.

After assisting more than 1,500 communities for more than 35 years, we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. With extensive, ongoing research and boots-on-the-ground experience, we’ve produced and compiled a wealth of materials to help communities in their efforts.

Our content is also meant to be motivational. It gets local champions excited about the possibilities. They will see how it’s worked for others and how it can work for them. And they get to access some of the brightest minds in the business, ready to help them find their unique selling proposition, develop the product that backs it up, and create effective ways to tell the world, and all without breaking the bank.

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