Grand Forks’ Downtown Development Association could be getting a bump to its budget courtesy of the city.
At a budget work session Monday night, city finance director Maureen Storstad said the group would receive $75,000 from the city’s economic development fund (page 9 of document) if the mayor’s proposed 2014 budget passes as is.
The group, which made its public debut earlier this summer, aims to bring more events, a cleaner look and a brand to the city’s downtown area. Its current members are downtown business owners, but anyone with an interest in dowtown eventually would be allowed to join.
The city would have a three-year commitment with the group and the amount of money given to them would decline each of those three years, Storstad said.
At the Aug. 4 City Council meeting, DDA group members estimated the organization’s budget for the year would be $150,000, including $55,000 for an executive director’s salary.
The group will have one project under its belt as of this week. It announced Tuesday on its Facebook page that it will be placing 20 cigarette disposal containers throughout downtown.
“The DDA hopes this is the first of many examples of the private and public sectors working together to make downtown Grand Forks more enjoyable for all Grand Forks residents and visitors. Go Downtown!” the group posted.