Founded in 1967, the Downtown Lincoln Association was originally established as a merchants’ association by downtown retailers who recognized the need for an organization to serve downtown’s unique needs. DLA has since evolved to a multi-faceted organization supporting a wide range of programs and activities including maintenance, economic development and advocacy. DLA is also the umbrella for the Downtown Neighborhood Association. The association works closely with the Lincoln Haymarket Development Corporation to support Haymarket revitalization and attractions.
Our Vision: A thriving and cohesive downtown.
Mission Statement: Provide leadership to ensure a vibrant downtown.
Todd Ogden, President & CEO
Todd manages the organization, supervises staff, implements annual program of work, facilitates public private redevelopment projects, serves as the primary liaison to the DLA board, property owners, City of Lincoln, UNL, state government and subsidiary DLA organizations.
Todd is a Lincoln native and UNL graduate with degrees in Advertising and Political Science. Todd currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the YMCA, Lincoln Haymarket Development Corp (LHDC) and Foundation for Educational Services (FES). Todd is a current member of the International Downtown Association.
Brian oversees and manages the downtown maintenance program, including supervising seven full-time maintenance workers. He also coordinates the landscaping and works closely with the City’s Public Works, Urban Development and Parks & Recreation departments.
Brian is a long time certified Nebraska arborist and member of the Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association (NNLA)
Lorna manages all DLA finances, including Management & Maintenance BIDs and the DLA Parent Board. She also manages finances for the Lincoln Haymarket Development Corporation. Lorna oversees DLA’s annual audit and works closely with the City on budget monitoring record-keeping and reporting.
Katey is responsible for managing Downtown Lincoln's Economic Development research. This includes the collection, and analysis of data concerning Downtown Lincoln, and managing DLA's major reports, such as the Annual Report, constituent surveys, and development reports. Katey is the primary point of contact for external requests for information about Downtown Lincoln.
Collin coordinates the marketing department’s advertising including designing print and promotional materials. Collin works with downtown businesses to promote their special events and news and collaborates with the Deputy Director to develop and implement the marketing plans for DLA.
Ross serves as lead technical staff for Downtown Lincoln’s website, annual report and internal databases. Ross works closely with DLA staff and downtown property owners to conduct downtown market studies. He also assists with special projects.
As marketing coordinator, Tessa produces news stories for DLA's live news feed and monthly newsletter. She is also involved with the development of news releases, website content, social media updates and assisting in special projects.
Renee serves as the primary support staff for the DLA management and maintenance programs as well as the coordinator of daily business activities of the DLA office. She also serves as recording secretary for the Board of Directors and board committees.