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Click here to review the 2015 DDA Master Plan Update

The DDA is undergoing an update as of 2016 with the help of Giffels Webster utilizing the ClearZoning process.

City Hall
425 N. Main Street


To ensure our downtown is a great place to shop, work, enjoy and invest while protecting and enhancing our unique character and history.

The Clawson Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is a public corporation established by Public Act 197 of 1975 with the intent of “halting property value deterioration and promoting economic growth of the downtown.” It is composed of a board of directors that represents residents, property owners, business owners, and others with an interest in the downtown. The board, in turn, provides direction to the Executive Director. 

In 2011 Downtown Clawson became the 12th Oakland County community to join Main Street Oakland County and accept Main Street as their management philosophy. Main Street—a program initiated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation—is a proven economic development program with a strong emphasis on historic preservation and community involvement.

This successful program has been adopted by over 2,000 communities nationwide and relies on community involvement through a four-pronged approach with committees that focus on the following areas:

  • Promotion—markets the assets of Downtown Clawson to customers, potential investors, businesses, residents, and visitors through image campaigns, events and promotional activities.
  • Economic Restructuring—creates an economically viable downtown through business retention and attraction programs.
  • Design—charged with enhancing the physical appearance of the district.
  • Organization—builds consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals in the community with an interest in the revitalization of the downtown.

Visit to learn about downtown businesses and events as well as available properties and everything you need to know about doing business or becoming involved in Downtown Clawson!

Board of Directors

Mary Liz Curtin, Owner, Leon and Lulu, Chairperson
David Bowlin, Clawson Resident
Valerie Glander, Clawson Resident, Treasurer
Sam Gill, Clawson Business Owner
Bill Kelly
, Clawson Business Owner, Resident, Vice Chairperson
Rafal Mahmood, Clawson Business Owner
Scott Raymaker, Clawson Business Owner
Sara Riza, Owner, The Clawson Grill
Christine Ryan, Owner, Ryan Cabinetry
Paula Millan, Clawson Mayor

The DDA meets at 8am on the third Wednesday of every month in the City Hall Community Room. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Executive Director

Joan Horton
office:   248-435-5299
cell:        248-219-4022


Interested in becoming a part of the excitement in Downtown Clawson? We have many opportunities and would love to hear from you! Contact the DDA Executive Director, Joan Horton or visit to download a volunteer application

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