Al Franklin, Chairman of the Board

Chairs the board and Cultural Affairs Committee  

Dexter Johnigan, Vice Chair

Business Development & Support  

Dawn Massey, Executive Secretary

Historic Preservation Committee    

Michael Sheridan, Treasurer

In charge of Financial reporting. Sheridan Law Firm  

Jhavaun Green, Interim Executive Director

Policy implementation and Marketing Lithonia Business Association  

Robert Merriweather

Community Activism Committee    


The mission of the Lithonia Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) is to grow, strengthen and promote the economic health and vitality of Downtown Lithonia. As an autonomous agency of the City, the LDDA advocate, facilitate and execute realistic redevelopment strategies.

Our goal is to improve Lithonia through planning processes, special programs, and projects designed to advance the physical, economic and social well-being of downtown. We feel this strategy can be achieved by assisting the local stakeholders in finding community preferred solutions to community-defined issues.

How it Works:

The Lithonia DDA is an independent public agency of the City of Lithonia. The LDDA is funded by special grants and projects initiated by private developers and investors. An eight (8) member Board of Directors comprised of seven (7) public appointees and the Mayor. The Board’s policy direction is implemented by an interim Executive Director.

Our Services

Business Recruitment & Technical Assistance

  • Marketing & Public Relations
  • Project Development & Implementation
  • Program Management

Downtown Beautification and Greening

  • Historic Preservation
  • Market Research & Data Collection
  • Healthy Lifestyles & Erecting Greenspaces

Sponsorship & Partnership Building

  • Information Clearinghouse
  • Stimulate community awareness  and creative ideas
  • Open communication and collaboration
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