Volunteers Linda Deskins and Claire Perko appointed to DDA
The Farmington City Council appointed two residents to serve on the Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board of Directors. Linda Deskins and Claire Perko were both appointed to 4-year terms at the March 1 City Council Meeting.
Linda Deskins joined the DDA volunteer corps in 2019. According to DDA Executive Director Kate Knight, Linda brings tremendous organizational experience to the DDA as a retired human resources executive. She helped organize volunteers for a past Harvest Moon Celebration and has also volunteered to co-manage the Ladies Night Out events with DDA staff by greeting the public and working many hours at these events both behind the scenes and on the street.
A resident of Farmington since 1981, Linda also led the formation of the Greater Farmington Holiday Home Tour. Upon retirement from GM, Linda said she decided to focus her energy toward supporting Farmington by actively leading activities that promote community involvement and by volunteering for the DDA.
Claire Perko joined the DDA Design Committee in 2018. She is a landscape architect and urban designer. Claire is responsible for the window designs you’ve seen in vacant spaces as well having worked on grants, supplying pro bono graphics and schematic planning. A resident of the Farmington Historic district, she is also a member of the Farmington Area Arts Commission.
“I’m interested in serving the community because I like to be a part of giving back to the place I live,” said Claire. She plans to lend her professional knowledge to help guide the continued growth of Farmington.
The two vacancies on the DDA board were left by members Sean Murphy and Agnes (Micki) Skrzycki whose terms ended on Feb. 28, 2021.
The Farmington City Council established the DDA in 1986. Its purpose is to prevent deterioration of business, to encourage historical preservation, to authorize the creation and implementation of development plans, to promote economic growth, and to utilize tax increment financing within the district as authorized by statute. The DDA meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. The DDA Board composition requires that a majority of its members must own property or have a business within the DDA District. In addition, the DDA Board must also have a resident located within the district or in close proximity.
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