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Pickle Barrel Contest

The Imlay City DDA is proud to once again sponsor a pickle barrel decoration contest. Community members will be asked to use pickle barrels as a canvas for decorating and get creative. 
 Pickle barrels will be available during the Thursday, September 15th Farmers’ Market from 1pm to 6pm or special arrangements can be made with the City Office. The Market is located at the corner of Third Street and Main Street in downtown Imlay City. There is a $20 deposit required per barrel that will be refunded once the decorated barrel is given to the DDA.
Prizes of $75, $50, and $25 respectively will be awarded to the individual(s) or non-profit organization who create the top three most creative or ‘arty’ barrels, and a trophy will be awarded to the business with the most creative barrel. Judging will be performed by city officials and winners will be announced at 10:45 am on Saturday, October 29th at the Farmers’ Market during Merchant Trick or Treat. We request that no political campaigning be conducted through pickle barrel art. For more information and a comprehensive list of the official rules of the contest, visit the City Office or email ddapromotions@imlaycity.org.

Meet Your Neighbors

The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority want you to Meet Your Neighbors!
DDA business owners and employees are actively involved in our community.  They Are Your Neighbors.

Downtown Art in Action

The DDA would like to thank the Imlay City Rotary Club, the Imlay City Lions Club and Frontier Communications for their generous support of the Downtown Art in Action We would also like to thank Ian Kempf,  Lapeer County FFA, JER Equipment Rentals and Tom Germayne for their time and donations.
14 pieces of large, outdoor public art were produced by Randy Hughes and Hunter Pope. The artwork will be displayed throughout downtown in the upcoming weeks.

Polio Plus Initiative

Imlay City DDA and Rotary Club
Partnership and The Polio Plus Initiative
Thanks to the Imlay City Rotary Club, Four County Community Foundation, the Lapeer County FFA, the Imlay City Department of Public Works and the Imlay City Fire Department, the Imlay City DDA was able to purchase 11 self-watering containers this year and place them around downtown.  The outdoor planters were filled with purple flowers.  Why purple?
The purple flowers planted in the containers reminded community members and visitors of the continued worldwide fight against Polio.  Purple matches the dye painted on the fingers of children around the world who have been immunized against polio.  Rotary International and the Imlay City Rotary Club are committed to the complete eradication of the Polio virus and will not stop efforts until every country in the world is free of the disease.
The Polio Plus Initiative had two major goals.  The first was to raise awareness of the Rotary International Polio Plus Initiative. The second objective was to continue to improve the aesthetics of downtown Imlay City. 
The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority is ultimately responsible for the revitalization of the downtown district.  A healthy, viable downtown is crucial to the heritage, economic health and civic pride of the entire community.  In order to assist in the revitalization of the downtown district, the DDA has identified priorities for establishing a more vibrant downtown which includes enhancing the visual quality of the business district.
The Imlay City DDA greatly appreciates the support our partners in this project gave!  Look for the containers to be filled with purple for years to come.
For more information regarding Polio Plus please click here.
For more information regarding the Four County Community Foundation please click here.

Farmers' Market on Thursdays

The Farmers' Market will be held at the corner of Third Street and Main Street every Thursday until October 27 from 1-6 p.m.
The Market does accept food assistance programs including WIC, Senior Fresh and EBT and payment with a debit card.  Double Up Food Bucks will also be honored this year.
For more information on the Market, including a vendor application, please click here.
On Thursday, August 18, a special Crafter and Artisan market will take place.  A special rate of $5 for the day for crafters and artisans will apply.  For more information, please click here.

Vendor Application


In the fall of 2014, Imlay City teamed up with Attica Township and Imlay Township to participate in the Frontier Communication’s “America’s Best Communities” contest.  The Imlay Team received a $50,000 grant in May of 2015 when it was selected as one of the top 50 communities from 350 contestants.

The grant money was used to develop a Revitalization Plan that has laid the foundation for future economic and cultural growth for our region.

Copies of the Revitalization Plan, along with conceptual renderings, are available at the City and Townships’ offices, at both branches of the Ruth Hughes Library and by clicking on the link found below.

Although the Imlay community did not advance to the final round of the competition, the experience was truly amazing and Imlay City, Attica Township and Imlay Township are truly one of America’s Best Communities!

See how the America's Best Communities Contest will Impact our region by clicking here.
A big Thank You to Frontier Communications click here.
Why Do You Love Imlay City?  Click here.
Want to see our Progress? Click here.
Our Revitalization Plan process has begun!  Click here.
The Imlay Region's Quality of Life can't be beat!  Click here.

America's Best Communities- Imlay City

Welcome to Historic Downtown Imlay City!

Whether it is an abundance of things to do, or a pleasant smile and friendly atmosphere you desire, Imlay City’s Historic Downtown Depot District offers both. Nestled amongst the quiet tree-lined streets of Michigan’s Thumb Region, Downtown Imlay City provides locals and visitors a wealth of opportunity and possibility. With a great mix of businesses, outstanding service, and a pleasant environment, why go anywhere else? Please take a moment to visit our many shops, eateries and service establishments. We guarantee you will be greeted with a smile as you indulge in all Imlay City has to offer!

Buy Local

The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority and the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce are proud sponsor the ongoing Buy Local Campaign.

Why Buy Local?  Click here to discover the importance of buying local.
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