Rochester Receives National Accreditation

Rochester has been named an Accredited 2020 Main Street America Program. This is the 15th consecutive year of national accreditation for Rochester. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been a member of Main Street Oakland County since 2000. “Rochester continues to exemplify a model downtown organization that has been successful in managing its historic downtown for two decades”, commented John Bry, Main Street Oakland County Program Coordinator. “As a past Great American … [Read more...]

Join the Rochester Birthday Club

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is partnering with Rochester Police and Fire to help children in the community celebrate their special day by creating the Rochester Birthday Club to help the City's children celebrating a birthday in the month of April. Click the link and fill out the requested information, and on the day and time of your choosing either the Fire Department or Police Department (your choice) will send a vehicle to stop in front of your home to celebrate … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2020 Now Open

Downtown Rochester is calling all artists: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult to participate in Downtown Rochester’s Tenth Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition: Deck Art 2020. Artists are asked to provide their unique work on a blank skateboard deck. Winning pieces will be picked in each category by a panel of judges, and prizes will be awarded. Deck Art is scheduled for May 14 & 15. This year’s event is expected to include as many as 50 local … [Read more...]

Rochester Stories From The Front Porch

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is proud to announce its new event series, Front Porch Stories. Front Porch Stories will give area residents the opportunity to hear great stories from some of our town's most interesting people. In addition, just as the name says, it will happen all from a front porch. Kicking off the series is one of downtown's business owners, Tony Lipuma. He'll be sharing his favorite stories and memories of Rochester over the years. For this … [Read more...]

New Community Crowdfunding Event in Downtown Rochester

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is proud to announce the debut of its new program, Mics & Mac. Mics & Mac is a crowdfunding event designed to empower local kids (ages 10-18) and enrich the Rochester community with their creative ideas. From art, events, placemaking and more, all ideas are welcome and encouraged. Kids can submit ideas online through Monday, July 8. Ten will be selected and invited to give a 5-minute pitch presentation at the Mics & Mac Event … [Read more...]

Mad Money March Shopping Spree in Downtown Rochester

Come April 1, there will be four lucky winners, all with Shopping Sprees in Downtown Rochester. How? Shoppers who spend $100 at one or more participating businesses during the month of March can enter for a chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree, a $500 Shopping Spree or one of two $250 Shopping Sprees. “Mad Money March has become a really exciting promotion in Downtown Rochester,” said Jenna O’Dell, Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Events Coordinator. “By March, everyone is … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2019 Registration Begins February 1

Downtown Rochester is Calling all Artists Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult age groups are welcome to participate in Downtown Rochester’s Ninth Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition - Deck Art 2019. Artists are asked to provide their unique work on a blank skateboard deck. Winning pieces will be picked in each category by a panel of judges, and prizes will be awarded. Deck Art 2019 is scheduled for May 9 & 10. This year’s event is expected … [Read more...]

Rochester DDA Debuts Downtown Business Recognition Program

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is proud to announce their latest initiative, the Downtown Business Recognition Program. The goal of the program is to recognize business owners, property owners, or individuals for outstanding contributions to the downtown community. The first recipients were recognized at the October DDA Board Meeting. Recipients included Ryan & Pamela Walther, owners of Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market for their … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday November 24 in Downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of Downtown Rochester on Saturday, November 24 for Small Business Saturday Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority has joined more than 400 advocacy organizations that have made it a mission to bring business to their downtown areas on this day. Now in its eighth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping … [Read more...]

Lagniappe in Downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Monday, November 19, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also will offer some Lagniappe with the debut of The Big, Bright Light Show. The program will begin at 6:45 p.m. on E. Fourth Street with help from the Mayor, Channel 7 and a special appearance by the man in red, Santa … [Read more...]