Escanaba is a great place to do business. The Downtown Development Authority works closely with business owners to maximize their investment in their buildings with our Facade Improvement Program. The DDA also looks to enhance opportunities for mixed-use buildings, taking advantage of programs like the MSHDA’s Rental Rehab. Downtown Escanaba is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Escanaba is the only Upper Peninsula city to be recognized as a Certified Redevelopment Ready Community into the MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities program.

The downtown district is poised for growth and additional development. We enjoy a climate that includes all four season’s. Escanaba and the DDA are working to preserve and revitalize historic downtown to provide opportunities for those seeking a healthy, beautiful and economically sound district for starting or expanding a business. The combination of our natural beauty, vibrant arts community and expansive downtown district offer an attractive area for working and living.

DDA Mission Statement:

“To create and execute development plans that encourage economic growth, promote the identity of downtown, provide physical improvements that enhance the quality of life for both residents and visitors. To preserve and revitalize important buildings through tax increment revenues, establishing a downtown that is healthy, viable, economically sound and prepared for the future.”