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Ambassador Program On Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority Agenda Wednesday

Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority

Visitors to downtown Ann Arbor may soon have a team of people to turn to for information and assistance.

The Downtown Development Authority is set to establish an ambassador program in an effort to make Ann Arbor more welcoming. The DDA has been studying the issue for over a year and has visitedcommunities like Grand Rapids that already have an ambassador program. 

Executive Director Susan Pollay says some specifics of when and how to best utilize the ambassadors still need to be addressed. "Winter time it's cold, there's not a lot of people on the sidewalk that need help.  Summertime there's a lot of stuff going on.  Evening it's different than daytime in terms of when we might see visitors.  When there might be people walking downtown," Pollay says.

If the program is approved, the DDA still must choose a company to run the program. The resolution would allow for spending up to $300,000 per year for the next three years on the program.

Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.        

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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