New Executive Director

The FDBA is happy to announce the hiring of Terry Madeksza as our new (and first!) Executive Director. Terry’s entire career has been devoted to downtown management. Most recently, Terry served as the Vice President for Downtown Phoenix Partnership where she worked for 17 years. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the core downtown area, including oversight of key programs and budget responsibilities for their highly successful Downtown Ambassadors program, streetscape management, parking and transportation coordination, public safety and event coordination.

Prior to her time in Phoenix, Terry worked for the Downtown St. Louis Partnership. She began her career in downtown management and advocacy working at the International Downtown Association. The International Downtown Association (IDA) is the professional association for downtown development practitioners, and a forum to connect with peers that share best-practices. As a member of IDA, Terry presents at conferences and participates as a “Brain Trust” member.

We are very excited to have Terry on board and look forward to her start in early February.

Executive Director Candidates Meet & Greet

The Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance will be hosting the two final candidates for the position of Downtown Executive Director on Tuesday 12/2 for two public “meet & greet” meetings.

Our national, statewide and local search resulted in over a dozen applications that were narrowed down to 5 in person and/or skype interviews, the results of which are the two finalists that will be here on Tuesday 12/2.

The “meet & greets” will take place at the Hotel Weatherford on Tuesday 12/2 from 8:00am-9:00am and again from 5:00pm-6:30pm.

All downtown stakeholders are invited to attend either or both meetings to meet the candidates and provide feedback.

Executive Director Search

The Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance (FDBA) is currently searching for an Executive Director to provide creative leadership, vision and management to support economic growth and vibrancy of historic downtown, advance FDBA’s ongoing initiatives and pursue new opportunities.

Experience in successful downtown management, economic development, budgeting and finance, advocacy, collaboration with diverse stakeholders, parking solutions, and organizational management desired.

Outstanding written and interpersonal communication skills required.
Please see click here for complete job description and application process.

Applications close October 20.


Throughout the 1980’s, downtown Flagstaff was a blighted district with little economic vitality or community excitement.  In the early 1990’s downtown stakeholders came together to begin a process that would transform our downtown into a thriving and vibrant district.

Main Street Flagstaff Foundation was formed, funded and managed leading to many historic facade renovations and a general sense of business revival.  Shortly thereafter, the City of Flagstaff and private property owners downtown formed a Special Improvement District (SID), with property owner contributions of over $1M, resulting in a sorely needed infrastructure and streetscape facelift.  Upon the dissolution of the Main Street Flagstaff Foundation in early 2000, downtown stakeholders created the membership based Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance (FDBA) to continue stewardship of historic downtown.

Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance

Mission Statement

The Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance (FDBA) is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the historic downtown as the heart of our community. We strive to encourage sustainable economic growth while respecting the spirit of our historic past. We represent our members through public and political advocacy with the goal of remaining the number one tourist destination in the City, and a place where locals gather in a clean, safe, and entertaining environment.

A beautiful fall day in Downtown Flagstaff

Looking south on San Francisco Street, Flagstaff, AZ