About Aiken Downtown Development Association

Aiken Downtown Development Association is an organization made up of members and volunteers who all work toward a common goal: to improve the economic vitality, enhance the beauty and preserve the historical inheritance of downtown Aiken.  Through our members and volunteers, we work to build community relationships to help maintain the quality of life in our vibrant downtown.

Different events are planned throughout the year to draw focus on downtown Aiken and to bring people in to see what a variety of shops, restaurants and services we have to offer. We work closely with the City of Aiken on policies and improvements that will help ensure that our downtown continues to be the jewel that it is.

The ADDA is a voice for its members at City Council and other meetings that have an impact on downtown Aiken. We serve as support for projects that promise to help improve downtown Aiken such as The Center for African American History, Art & Culture; the Aiken Railroad Depot and Visitors’ Center; and Celebrate Aiken. To find out more information about Aiken Downtown Development Association, call our office, email us or stop in for a visit!


ADDA Mission

The purpose of ADDA is to improve the economic vitality, enhance the beauty, and preserve the historical inheritance of downtown Aiken.

ADDA Vision

Downtown Aiken's improvements attract new businesses, residents, shoppers, and tourists. ADDA is recognized as a national leader in community innovation. Some refer to ADDA as the pulse of downtown!


As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Aiken Downtown Development Association is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.