Miami DDA appoints three new members to board of directors

Miami DDA appoints three new members to board of directors
Miami DDA appoints three new members to board of directors
Taking the oath are (l-r) Spencer Crowley of Akerman, Franklin Sirmans of the Perez Art Museum (PAMM), and Suzanne Amaducci-Adams of Bilzin Sumberg.

As Downtown Miami experiences a surge of new residents, visitors, businesses and investment, the agency charged with spearheading the neighborhood’s growth is welcoming three new members to its board of directors.

Bilzin Sumberg attorney Suzanne Amaducci-Adams, Akerman attorney Spencer Crowley and Pérez Art Museum Miami director Franklin Sirmans joined the Miami Downtown Development Authority (Miami DDA) board in September. The three were selected initially by a nominating committee comprised of Miami DDA board members who reviewed applications from dozens of candidates. The committee’s nominations then were approved by the DDA’s full board of directors and subsequently accepted by the City of Miami Commission.

The Miami DDA’s Board of Directors is comprised of business owners, property owners and stakeholders who live and work in Downtown Miami. Board members play a hands-on role in governing the Miami DDA, advocating for smart urban policies, and leading business development and marketing initiatives that support the Miami DDA’s mission.

“Over the past decade, the Miami DDA has been on the front lines of Downtown Miami’s emergence as an international destination for business, tourism, entertainment and culture,” said Miami Commission chair Ken Russell, who also chairs the Miami DDA. “At the same time, Downtown has become one of the country’s fastest-growing residential communities.

“Our new board members are immersed in Downtown on a daily basis, equipping them with first-hand knowledge of our neighborhood’s strengths and challenges,
Russell added. “Together, we’re going to work to improve quality of life at street-level while also showcasing all that Downtown Miami has to offer on a global scale.”

The Miami DDA is an independent agency of the City of Miami funded by a special tax levy on properties in its district boundaries. It is governed by a 15-member Board comprised of three public appointees and 12 downtown property owners, residents and/or workers who are tasked with overseeing the direction of the agency and setting policy. The agency is committed to grow, strengthen and promote the economic health and vitality of downtown Miami.

As an autonomous agency of the City of Miami, the Miami DDA advocates, facilitates, plans, and executes business development, planning and capital improvements, and marketing and communication strategies.

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