Marquette DDA Director Announces Retirement

Posted on April 24, 2019

Marquette DDA Director Announces Retirement

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority (MDDA) Board of Directors announces the retirement of Executive Director, Mona Lang, effective September 30, 2019. In her letter to the board, Lang stated, “It has been both my privilege and my pleasure to serve as the organization’s Executive Director and it is with mixed emotions that I step down from my role.The time that I have spent leading the organization has been rewarding and I trust that I have had a positive impact on the Downtown, the City, and the region. I have had the honor to work with many wonderful people and appreciate the support that the Board of Directors has afforded me during my tenure.” Lang has served as Executive Director of the organization since 1998. According to Board Chair, Tony Retaskie, “under her (Lang’s) direction there has been many positive changes.” During her time with the MDDA, she has overseen nearly $12 million in public improvement projects, secured over $5 million in grant funds, and downtown property values have more than doubled. Retaskie expressed the Board’s appreciation for Lang’s service, “the Board congratulates Lang on her retirement and thanks her for her dedication and tireless advocacy for Marquette’s Downtown.” Lang will be replaced by current Assistant Director, Rebecca Salmon. Salmon, who holds a master’s degree in public administration from NMU, has more than ten years of experience with the MDDA. Lang congratulated Salmon and went on to state, “I know that I leave the future of the MDDA organization and the district in capable and dedicated hands and I look forward to watching as the downtown continues to flourish.”