DDA to Host Marketing Workshop February 25

marketing_flyer_graphicSmall business owners and their leadership teams are invited to attend a free workshop that will show how to successfully market and grow a small business.

The workshop will be held at Alberts on the Alley on Thursday, February 25, begins at 8:00 am and runs until 10:00 am.

Hosted by the Downtown Development Authority, the workshop will feature Tom Borg, a business development expert and professional speaker.

Please call 734-261-2830  by February 22 to reserve your place.

Download the workshop flyer.

2016 DDA Events Schedule

For more information or to be a DDA volunteer, please contact the DDA office at 734-261-2830. Download and print the 2016 Event Calendar.

heart copyFebruary 11 Valentine Photo Contest

Sweet talk your Valentine into posing with Willy for a chance to win a FREE Valentine Package valued over $100.  Pictures must be posted to our Downtown Garden City Facebook Page by 9am February 11th. Winner will be announced on Facebook the same day at 3pm!! Be creative & have fun, but remember, no harm must come to the pig!

Trophy2Willy the Red Pig Road Rally, May 14

Join the FUN & help raise funds for GARDENVILLE, Garden City’s only community garden where they grow & donate fresh vegetables to local food banks! Call Stacy at Lucky Dog Luxury Daycare & Boarding to register your Team 734-261-7387.

logoMay 17 Garden City Taste Fest

Spend the evening with friends and sample some of Garden City’s favorite restaurants! This event sells out FAST!!  Check out Garden City Taste Fest website for event details.

lucky_squirrel_july_2015May 21 & September 17 Lucky Squirrel Event

One in the Spring & one in the Fall: check out various arts, crafts and yard sale treasures in a free admission outdoor event.

bacon_run_72dpiThe Great Bacon Run

Garden City’s timed 5k Event for runners & walkers in Downtown Garden City. This event is for all ages.

putt_puttGarden City Mini Golf 50th Anniversary Celebration

Miniature golf in Garden City notches 50 years at the location on Ford & Central.

flea_circusGarden City Flea Circus, June 11

A pet-oriented event. Several rescue organizations, vendors selling pet stuff, demonstrations and lots of fun. Who knows, you may find your new best friend. Bring your leashes.

IMG_3033Happy Birthday, Willy!

Willy the Pig’s Birthday is in July. The date for the celebration has yet to be determined

gcba_logo_7october2015_starsGCBA Scavenger Hunt, July 8-22

The Garden City Business Alliance is sponsoring a two-week long scavenger hunt.

lucky_squirrel_july_2015May 21 & September 17 Lucky Squirrel

One in the Spring & one in the Fall: check out various arts, crafts and yard sale treasures in a free admission outdoor event.

Chili-Cook-Off-Logo-20169th ANNUAL CHILI COOK OFF, HOT ROD & MOTORCYCLE SHOW, October 8

This is a Great Family Fun Event! Chili samplin’, wagon ride to the Fire Dept Open House,  petting zoo, live music, beer tent, vendor alley and the list goes on and on and on……. lots of hot cars & motorcycles too!

trunk_or_treat_logoOctober 28 Spooktacular Trunk or Treat

Last year over 50 businesses and residents passed out candy to over 1,300 children in attendance with their parents. Contact the Garden City Business Alliance to register your vehicle.

santa_claus56th Annual Santaland Parade, November 26

Santa Claus rides into town as the highlight of this event. Everyone is invited to visit with Old St Nick himself in the Farmers Market lot.

IMG_40662nd Annual Holiday Craft & Business Expo, November 26

Immediately following the parade, holiday shopping is available at our one stop to shop local during Small Business Saturday kick-off.

IMG_4122November 28 Holiday Christmas Tree Lighting

Sing carols; enjoy hot chocolate and count down to the lighting of our community Christmas tree in the Commons Corner.

DDA Newsbriefs

December 15 Trustees Meeting is Cancelled
December 15, 2015
Tree Lighting Draws Holiday Revelers
November 30, 2015
Crowds Throng Santaland Parade Route
November 28, 2015
Holiday Craft & Business Expo a Hit With Business and Shoppers
November 28, 2015
Garden City Families Flock to First Ever Trunk or Treat
October 29, 2015
2015 Chili Cook Off a Hit
October 26, 2015
Qualified Bidders Sought to Trim DDA District Trees
September 10, 2015
The Weather Shines on August’s Lucky Squirrel Fest
August 22, 2015

What We Do

The mission of the Garden City Downtown Development Authority is to enhance the quality of life for Garden City residents through revitalization of the downtown district.

The DDA’s operating philosophy is built upon the principle that strengthening a core area benefits the entire community, improving property values not only in the core district, but throughout the community.

This is done by promoting economic growth, encouraging expansion of commercial enterprises in the downtown district, and by eliminating the causes of deterioration.

We also work with business leaders and community organizations to sponsor events in the downtown district such as the annual Chili Cookoff, Lucky Squirrel Festival, Willie the Pig Road Rally, and the Santaland Parade.

These events help draw city residents downtown and foster a sense of community.