Downtown Development Commission (DDC)

Meetings

  • 2nd Thursday of each month - We are currently holding meetings virtually, which can be viewed on WebEx. The link to each meeting will be posted monthly on the City's homepage in News and Announcements.
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • City Hall
    57 N Liberty Street
    Cumberland, MD 21502
     Executive Director - Melinda Kelleher
                                      melinda.kelleher@cumberlandmd.gov

      

Board Members

Member
District Seat Term
Larry Jackson Primary 1
January 01, 2021 - January 01, 2024
Sandi Saville (Chair)
Primary 2 January 01, 2021 - July 01, 2023
Bob Mayhew Primary 3 October 6, 2020 - October 06, 2023
Doug Schwab
(Vice Chair)
Primary 4 January 01, 2021 - January 01, 2024
Leigh Ann Sipple Primary 5 January 01, 2021 - July 01, 2023
Lori Lepley Primary 6 February 19, 2019 - July 01, 2022
David Romero
Primary 7 January 01, 2021 - January 01, 2024
John Buchanan Primary 8 January 01, 2021 - July 01, 2023
Ed Huber
(Treasurer)
Secondary 1 January 01, 2021 - January 1, 2024
Dan Bowser
Secondary 2 July 31, 2019 - July 31, 2022
Rhiannon Morgret Secondary 3 July 31, 2019 - July 31, 2022
Laurie Marchini Council Representative - Non-voting member    

Overview


The DDC was established in 1981 for the following purposes:

  • Oversee the promotion of Cumberland’s Historic City Center Pedestrian Mall as a vibrant community and tourist destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.
  • Provide maintenance for the Mall to ensure it remains a clean and safe environment for local citizens and visitors.
  • Create and execute special events on the Mall to highlight Cumberland’s Historic City Center and to drive foot traffic for local businesses (Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Annual NYE Ball Drop/Fireworks).
  • Coordinate outside special events to highlight Cumberland’s Historic City Center and to drive foot traffic for local businesses (Car Shows, Pride Festival, Food and Music Events).
  • Serve as a resource for local businesses for promotion, public relations, special events and other needs.
Structure

  • The Downtown Development Commission (DDC) is comprised of a thirteen member Commission composed of not less than nine members who are property and business owners located within the Primary Taxing District, three members from the Secondary Taxing District and an additional member appointed from the general population of the City. Terms are three years.
  • Additional member must be a resident of the City of Cumberland and may be a property owner within the Special Taxing District
  • A member of the City Council participates in meetings and serves as a liaison between the DDC and City Council, but holds no voting privileges.