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Place-brandng | Tourism marketing and development | Downtown marketing, development, revitalization | Economic development

Become a DDA Member
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see below for membership options

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

  • We've dropped the membership fee to just $120 a year ($10 a month). We're hoping the YouTube channel can be monetized to pick up the slack (tell everyone you know to subscribe!)

  • Every WEEK (instead of once a month) we will be posting new content (how to videos) on both the DDA Vault and the YouTube channel

  • Members have direct access to Roger and the DDA team (via call or email) for any questions or challenges you may be facing

  • Attendance to bi-monthly Live Stream events (the first one for 2023 is in February)

  • You will be the FIRST to know when we post new videos, and then will be able to forward links to those to other stakeholders in your community (at no charge) to build support for your efforts

  • A Destination Development Certification, which we are working on now and will only be available to members

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

  • 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)

  • Downloadable posters on the subjects of downtowns, branding, and marketing to help educate your local residents and organizations

  • Perhaps best of all, the DDA is here to uplift, inspire, and empower your community with a fresh "can do" attitude