Economic Development / Downtown Development Authority

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On September 18, 2006 the Mayor and City Council adopted a resolution to create the Downtown Development Authority of the City of Stone Mountain (Downtown Development Authority Law). The mission of this authority is to promote the development/redevelopment and economic viability of the downtown area. The activities of the DDA include marketing, and implementing programs that promote, enhance, and improve the downtown area. The DDA governing body is made up of seven (7) board members appointed by the Mayor and City Council. One board member selected by the board serves as the Chairman of the Authority. The DDA has one paid staff member, the Executive Director who assist in the implementation of Board initiatives. The DDA meets twice a month, on the second Monday of each month and on the fourth Monday of each month, both meetings are held at 6:30 PM. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic all meetings are being held virtually.

DDA Board Members 
Position  Name 
Chair Jelani Linder
Vice Chair Chakira Johnson
  Bernie Waller
  Thom DeLoach
  David Downs, Jr.
  Michelle Dunbar

Each year the DDA creates a dynamic work plan. We recently conducted a strategic planning session and have developed our 2019 Work Plan. The work plan can be found here

The City of Stone Mountain is an accredited Classic Main Street Program through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The Main Street 4-Point Approach is administered by the DDA. More information about the Georgia Main Street program can be found here.

The DDA sponsors, along with the City of Stone Mountain, a number of events and programs throughout the year. Check out the sidebar for more information.

For more information on economic development please contact the Downtown Development Authority Director, Kayla Johnson at

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