For 25 years, Downtown Kalamazoo, Inc. (DKI) and its organization partners the Kalamazoo Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Downtown Tomorrow, Inc. (DTI) and Downtown Kalamazoo Association Charities (DKAC) lead a remarkable turnaround of the central business district.  However, the recent economic downturn has created new challenges, and thanks to support from the Kalamazoo Community foundation, the D’s underwent a full strategic review in 2013.

Over 20 community leaders, in conjunction with DKI staff, Civitas Consultants, and TSI Consulting Partners, began work to conduct  a review of the financial realities of being a tax-funded agency, the organizational structure that has developed the downtown plans for 25 years, and the DKI staff and partnerships that have carried out those plans. The Steering Committee’s report was completed in November, and it can be read in its entirety here.
Using this as a starting point, the D’s volunteer leadership will work to make the changes necessary to become a stronger, more sustainable organization that will continue supporting downtown planning and growth.