About Us


Our organization has been working in downtown Bemidji for several decades using the name Downtown Development Authority.  In the past several years, we have refreshed our mission statement, our logo, or website, our boundaries and most recently our name, in an effort to define who we are and what we will be doing in downtown Bemidji.

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It's Everyone's Downtown.

We appreciate the continued support of our members and invite all businesses, offices, and individuals to join, even if they are located outside of the downtown boundaries!  We know that YOU recognize the importance of a thriving downtown to the greater community.


NEW for the 2021-2022 membership year is an online application:

Click HERE to download a Membership Form

Click HERE to apply online!

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The Board of Directors

Our board of directors is composed of members elected at our annual meeting, which is held each March or April and is open to all current and prospective members.  Directors serve staggered three year terms.

Our Board Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.  Meetings start at 7:45 a.m. and are open to anyone interested in downtown Bemidji.

NOTE: Meetings are being held via Zoom until further notice.

If you would like an email invitation to attend the next BDA Board meeting,


Board of Directors

Annie Butler Ricks - President

United Way of Bemidji Area

Jeff Peltier

RiverWood Bank

Brittany Isensee

Keg N' Cork

Michael Hanley

Individual Member

Josh Peterson

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