The Downtown Development Authority of Augusta is the city’s primary revitalization and redevelopment agency for the central business district. We are a statutory authority founded in 1974 to oversee, direct and finance a variety of public/private programs and projects to improve infrastructure, commerce and vitality in the city center.
Although our statutory authority extends well beyond the city center, our primary area of focus is the city’s central business district, a 325-acre zone that stretches from 13th Street east to 5th Street and from the river south to Telfair Street.
Our seven-member board is appointed by the Augusta Commission to oversee the organization’s day-to-day activities in addition to issuing revenue bonds that finance projects promoting downtown commerce, improving infrastructure and enhancing the urban experience for residents, visitors and investors alike.
The DDA’s board meets monthly on the second Thursday. All meetings are open to the public.
The DDA’s board is composed of seven community members appointed by the Augusta Commission to serve four-year terms, renewable at the commission’s request.
Downtown Development Authority staff members oversee the organization’s day-to-day activities and implement policies and directives established by its board.
Downtown Augusta dates back to the city’s founding along the banks of the Savannah River in 1736 by James Edward Oglethorpe, who established the grid system still used to this day.
The DDA’s mission is to improve the economy of Augusta-Richmond County by coordinating an aggressive public/private program to promote redevelopment and growth in Downtown Augusta.
The Downtown Development Authority of Augusta has identified the following priorities for the central business district...
As a public body, all DDA meetings are governed by the Georgia Open Meetings Act and our records are subject are available for public review under the Georgia Open Records Act.