The bottom-line resource for
Place-brandng | Tourism marketing and development | Downtown marketing, development, revitalization | Economic development


There isn’t any other organization on the planet that has this level of quality information at your fingertips. The DDA is unique in that it brings municipalities and jurisdictions, tourism professionals, downtown associations, community developers, economic development interests, chambers of commerce, arts, and historical societies together - all sharing common resources, making it much easier to work together, achieving long term success. Notice the two cartoons below: A focus of the DDA is to move from the typical economic development express (left), to one that gets everyone on the same page, pulling in the same direction (right). And that leads to incredible success.


For nearly 40 years, the DDA team has assisted more than 2,200 communities around the world. What we’ve learned is that when local groups and stakeholders come together and work towards common goals, communities transform into sought-after, vibrant, economically sustainable destinations.


dda member benefits

- 24/7 access to dozens of how-to videos on just about every destination development subject you can imagine:

      - Place-branding

      - Downtown development & revitalization

      - Tourism development

      - Tourism, downtown and economic development marketing

      - Organizational development

      - Funding options and ideas

      - New trends and statistics to support your efforts

   - Dozens of video case histories shown in high-resolution photography and video clips each offering great ideas you can emulate

   - Downloadable PDF how-to guides and handouts accompanying each video

   - Downloadable PDF sample ordinances and by-laws (for a variety of subjects)

   - Monthly webinars (see our exciting 2022 lineup