The Downtown Development District of New Orleans (DDD) was created by the Louisiana Legislature in 1974 as the nation’s first assessment-based business improvement district (BID) to provide enhanced services in economic development, cleaning and safety. The DDD services the area bounded by Iberville Street, the Pontchartrain Expressway, Claiborne Avenue and the Mississippi River. The DDD is governed by an 11-member Board of Commissioners who represent a cross section of the diverse Downtown community. Appointed by local elected officials, our commissioners help guide the policies and programs of the DDD.
To drive the development of Downtown New Orleans and be the catalyst for a prosperous, stimulating, innovative heart of the Crescent City.
We do this by:
- Cultivating economic development in such industries as bioscience, the arts, digital media and tourism
- Ensuring Downtown is clean and safe
- Serving as the voice and advocate for Downtown’s future
- Promoting Downtown as a world-class destination for residents and visitors
Downtown New Orleans will be celebrated as the vibrant hub of America’s beloved city and the engine for the region’s economy. Historic and contemporary buildings glow with new residences and retail as Downtown becomes a magnet for a population involved in igicindustries of the mind such as bioscience, the arts and digital media. Streets bustle with neighbors and visitors alike participating in the arts, music, dining, shopping and daily business of Downtown. People from around the world are drawn to a dynamic, seductive Downtown where the unique cultural mosaic of New Orleans comes into focus.