Downtown Economic Development District (DEDD)

The Downtown Economic Development District is a quasi-governmental organization whose purpose is to creatively plan, manage and develop Downtown Monroe as the unique, diverse, vibrant and economically healthy core of the city. Monroe DEDD strives to provide a clean, safe and vibrant downtown environment for workers, residents and visitors. Areas of focus include Economic Development, Business Recruitment, Business Retention, Marketing, and Historic Preservation.

Board Members

Larry Bratton
Earl Davis
Dr. Anthony Nelson
Tim Clark
Doug Walters
Steve Taylor
Fred Hill
Clydell Jones
Jason Saucer

Vision: To establish downtown Monroe as a destination to live, work, and play.

Mission: Create attractive physical and economic conditions in downtown Monroe.

Past Projects

  • Led efforts to build Downtown RiverMarket
  • Worked on Louisville enhancement project

In Partnership with DMA

  • Orchestrated placement of signage on I-20 directing people to the downtown area
  • Established Art Alley to assist in marketing the art galleries
  • Planned and executed the addition of brick planters to beautify Art Alley
  • DEDD hosted luncheon to give update on progress and plans for downtown.

Current Projects

  • Working on completing pedestrian crossing on Art Alley
  • Working with city on DeSiard Street Enhancement Grant for sidewalks and lighting.
  • Working to build Riverwalk in Downtown Monroe.

There are tax incentives available for downtown development. For more information contact Myra Gatling-Akers: >