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Imlay City First Impressions Community Forum

Tourism is one of the biggest drivers of the Michigan economy. How does your community stack up? With the First Impressions: Assessing Your Community for Tourism program, you can find out. First Impressions helps communities learn about existing strengths and weaknesses as seen through the eyes of the first-time visitor.

Recently, Imlay City was successful in applying for the First Impressions program offered by Michigan State University Extension. During the summer of 2017, four tourists visited unannounced. The results of their visit will be shared during this evening fourm. Community leaders will be present to listen to suggestions and guide next steps.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments being served. The program will begin promplty at 6:00 p.m. The event will conclude around 8:00 p.m. The event is free to attend and we encourage all community members to join us!

Please register for this free event by clicking here: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/events/tourism_first_impressions

RFP Landscaping and Maintenance Downtown





The City of Imlay City is seeking sealed bids for Landscaping and Maintenance for Downtown Areas until 12:00 p.m., Friday, October 20, 2017.  Bids should be clearly marked “LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE- DOWNTOWN” and submitted to the Office of the City Manager, ATT: Tom Youatt, 150 North Main Street, Imlay City, MI 48444. Bid forms and specifications may be obtained by calling Dana Walker, DDA Director at (810) 724-2135 or online at www.icdda.com. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, to waive any irregularities and to accept the bid deemed to be in the best interest of the City.

 Nicole Frost

City Clerk  

Landscaping and Maintenance Downtown

@ 150 Pop

The Imlay City DDA is excited to announce @ 150 Pop to be located at 150 Bancroft Street in downtown Imlay City.

The DDA will create an incubator at 150 Bancroft, a Downtown Development Authority owned building, by offering entrepreneurs, artists or event organizers use of the space for limited time periods (up to 6 months).  A pop-up is a temporary use in an under-utilized space. Pop-ups allow an entrepreneur to test their business in a location for a month(s) instead of a year (or more) required by a lease. It creates the opportunity to make money, make adjustments, and prove to financiers and landlords that a business can succeed. Building owners within the District benefit from getting a prospective long-term tenant. 

The building is about 950 square feet with two entrances.  For more information regarding the building, please contact the DDA at 810-724-2135.

For more information and an application, please click on the link found below.

@ 150 Pop Application

Agreement Between DDA and 150 Pop Tenant

A sample of the Agreement to be signed by both the DDA and the tenant of @ 150 Pop is found below.

License Agreement 150 Pop

Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market is now open for the season.
Thursdays:  1pm- 6pm
Saturdays: 9am-1pm
The Market is held at the corner of Main Street and Third Street, May 4- October 21.  The Market accepts Debit Cards, EBT and WIC Project Fresh and offers Double Up Food Bucks.
We will have special events all season long:
First Saturdays is Little Sprouts Day- special activities for the kids
Second Saturdays- Cooking Demonstration by the Mulefoot Gastropub
Third Saturdays- Live music featuring Robyn Marriott
Third Thursdays- Crafter and Artisan Day
The Imlay City Farmers' Market is Farm Fresh and Locally Grown!
For information regarding becoming a vendor, please click here.

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!

Downtown Art in Action

In the summer of 2016, the Imlay City Downtown Development Authority sponsored 'Downtown Art in Action'.  Two local artists, Randy Hughes and Hunter Pope, produced 14 pieces of large public art pieces in a one months time.
The artwork is displayed throughout downtown on the outside of buildings with 2 pieces located within City Hall, 150 N. Main Street, and the Ruth Hughes Library, 211 North Almont Avenue.
The artwork is meant to be enjoyed by all adding color and conversation to our downtown.
The DDA would like to thank Frontier Communications, the Imlay City rotary Club and Lions Club, Ian Kempf, Lapeer County FFA, JER Equipment Rentals, Tom Germayne and North Goodland Baptist Church for their help to make this program successful.
Enjoy your walk through downtown while experiencing the artwork.  For a description of each piece of art and a biography for the artists, please click here.

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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