Marquette Downtown Development Authority

Date Established:  The Downtown Development Authority was established under the provisions of Act 197, Public Acts of Michigan of 1975; established by the City Commission in 1976.  The DDA is responsible for the planning and implementation of economic development, historic preservation, and prevention of deterioration in the downtown business district.  State law sets the powers, duties and procedures.
Corresponding MCL#, City Charter Citation, and/or City Code:  MCL 125.1651-125.1681; Code:  Chapter 16, Article III, Div. 3, Sec. 16-112, 16-113 and 16-114.
Number of Members & Term of Office:  Nine members serving four-year terms, except for the City Manager, who serves for an indefinite period by virtue of his office. 
Do members serve until a replacement is appointed?  Yes, per PA 197.
Quorum Requirement:  Five members, per PA 197 and DDA bylaws.
Meetings Held:  The DDA meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at the DDA Offices, 203 S. Front St., Suite 1-B.  
Bylaws:  Yes
Contact Information for the DDA:
Mona Lang, Executive Director
Downtown Development Authority
203 S. Front St., Suite 1B
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: 906-228-9475
Name Appointed Expiration
Weston Pernsteiner 04-30-12
Jim Johnson 01-01-14 01-01-18
Chritine Pesola, Vice Chair 01-09-12 01-01-16
Mike Skytta



Bill Hetrick, Chair 12-20-10 01-01-15
Karan Hendricks, Treasurer 04-25-11
Jack Frost 03-10-14 01-01-17
Jeremy Hansen 12-20-10 01-01-15
Mona Lang (Executive Director)    
Staff Liaison Person - William Vajda, City Manager
(who is also a voting member of the DDA)
2014 Meeting Schedule
Month Day Time Minutes
January 9 7:30am  
February 13 7:30am  
March 13 7:30am  
April 10 7:30am  
May 8 7:30am  
June 12 7:30am  
July 10 7:30am  
August 14 7:30am  
September 11 7:30am  
October 9 7:30am  
November 13 7:30am  
December 11 7:30am  
Marquette DDA Offices
203 S. Front Street, Suite 1-B
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