Who We Are

Our Mission

 

The Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority is responsible for the revitalization of Downtown Dothan through dynamic new and redeveloped property ventures, unique events, and interesting promotions. The DDRA is creating a vibrant, diverse and economically sustainable downtown Dothan.

Our Vision

 

The DDRA is the champion for a vibrant and economically strong Dothan Downtown.  We work closely with the city of Dothan, Alabama, the Houston County Commission, the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, the Dothan Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and all stakeholders and residents throughout the community.  The Authority also works directly with private investors and developers to attract and encourage new development projects in the Downtown Dothan district.

Our History

 

Established in 1985, the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DDRA) was formed to be a catalyst for the city’s redevelopment efforts, and to streamline the processes for private developers to build and remodel in the Dothan Downtown district. The DDRA was inactive for some time, but reformed in 2007 after a Southern tour of downtowns by the City Leaders. The organization is governed by a board of directors and led by a full time executive director.

Our Focus

 

The authority’s main responsibilities include:

 

  •       Creating Innovative Public/Private Partnerships
  •       Strategically Planning Land & Building acquisitions
  •       Providing a Mechanism to Achieve the Downtown Master Plan
  •       Budget Preparation and Project Planning
  •       Project Management
  •       Public Relations and City Commission Coordination
  •       Downtown Planning and Coordination
  •       Grant Proposal Writing
  •       Grant Administration and Compliance
  •       Manages over 18 community events per year
  •       Manages Dothan Downtown Main Street Program in conjunction with Main Street Alabama

Staff

Jamie Bienvenu

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Jessica Parker

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Saying yes to this position was probably one of the easiest decisions that I have ever made. I am so excited to be a part of the revitalization of our beautiful downtown. Growing our events, helping bring our downtown alive and then seeing how much our community benefits from it is incredible.

 

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker

 

Here are a few fun facts about me:

 

  • I’m sort of a local girl. I grew up in a small community about 5 miles outside of Dothan.
  • I’m a Troy graduate and am currently pursuing my Master’s through Troy’s online program and am SO ready to be finished. Go Trojans!
  • I’ve got an old man and two crazy kids who keeps me busier than this job does, and that’s saying something.
  • I spent 7 years working in correctional law enforcement at a state prison so I’ve got stories for daysssss.
  • Commercials are my favorite thing about television. Insane, right?

Board of Directors

Pat Thomas

Chairman

Dothan Awning & Exteriors

David “Mit” Kirkland

Vice Chair

Letetia Jackson

Treasurer

Tandeka LLC

Susan Wilkins

Secretary

BBVA Compass Bank

Cliff Mendheim

Board Member

Prim & Mendheim, LLC

Bob Woodall

Board Member

Bob Woodall Air Care Systems

Deavours Clark

Board Member

DSI Security