Mission Statement: To add to the economic vibrancy of downtown Kalamazoo by recruiting new retail and office businesses. To create a prosperous environment for existing businesses by using connections in the fields of consulting, business lending and real estate. To assist developers in creating and filling commercial and residential space.

Current Initiatives

Business development in downtown Kalamazoo is guided by the Business Recruitment & Retention Committee, which makes recommendations to the DDA Board on initiatives such as:

Downtown Kalamazoo Innovation Program

Business Recruitment & Retention Program

Downtown Redevelopment Liquor Licenses

Retail Incubation Program.
It also is responsible for:
Available commercial space
Tracking Economic Indicators
Key Support Services


Steve Deisler, 269.344.0795


Steve Blinn, Vice Chair
Olde Peninsula Brewpub/Harvey’s on the Mall
Warren Cook
City of Kalamazoo
James Coyle, Chair
Nexus Business Solutions
Heather Isch
LKF Marketing
Darren Malek
Veritas Law Group
Gloria Spoerl
Southwest Commercial Realty
Mac Waldorf
Apjohn Group
Erin Kelly 
5/3 Bank