Doing Business

Epicenter of the Americas

Miami is in the midst of an urban renaissance. Downtown Miami is driving growth with new developments of all types; developers added condos, apartments, hotels, offices, and retail centers this year with more to come. Our skyline keeps changing, providing a newly imagined backdrop for this emerging global city and we at the Miami Downtown Development Authority are here to help you get the most out of your Downtown experience, whether you are here for a few nights or a lifetime.

Doing Business in Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami connects businesses to the world like few cities can. A thriving economy, strong business sectors, instant connectivity, extensive social and cultural offerings, and an active and vibrant residential community come together to form our global cosmopolitan city. Companies strategically choose Downtown Miami to be a part of a global business center … a tropical waterfront paradise where worlds meet, entrepreneurs gather, and the Americas are centered. At the Miami Downtown Development Authority, we are ready to help you find your place in our thriving city, expand upon what you’re already doing, and better understand how the city is shaping up in the foreseeable future.

Living in Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami is an electrifying place for urban dwellers to live, work, and play. Downtown offers extensive living options for those who are looking for a place to buy or to rent in a clean, safe, attractive, and welcoming world class city. Whether you are a current resident or are looking to become one, we want to help keep you en vogue with everything that’s happening from the arts and food scenes to the ins and outs of major projects transforming Downtown Miami.

Visiting Downtown Miami

Business or pleasure, no matter the reason for your visit you’ll find a distinctive experience in Downtown Miami. From iconic architectural and artistic hotspots to legendary events that people travel from all over the world to be a part of, we’re here to help you see and do everything on your itinerary and maybe even discover something you weren’t expecting.

2017 Fall Grant Process
The Miami DDA provides grants/funding to special events and/or projects that take place in Downtown, have an economic impact on the area, and strengthen Downtown Miami’s recognition as a vibrant and exciting destination for residents and visitors. The DPFR 2017-2018 grants will cover events/projects between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. Deadline Summary Application: Friday, September 22, 2017 at Noon. 

To obtain the guidelines, application and important deadlines, please click here.
Frost Science: Free Military & Veteran Admission

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science will resume normal hours of operation starting Friday, September 15 at 9 am. In gratitude to the brave emergency personnel who have assisted our community, the museum will offer free general admission to first responders, active duty military, retired military and veterans with a valid ID (and up to five family members), from Friday, Sept 15 through Sunday, Oct 1.

For a full list of rescheduled and upcoming museum events, including a special laser light show taking place on Friday, September 15, please visit

DWNTWNR Play Date @ Miami Children's Museum
Now that Irma has passed, it's time to have some fun!

The Miami Children's Museum and the Miami DDA cordially invites you and your family to our DWNTWNR Play Date on Thursday, September 21 from 4-7:00pm. Downtown Miami residents will enjoy a FREE event at the Miami Children's Museum! Create with their Imagination Playground, discover the art studio, enjoy a theatrical performance by the MCM Players, and so much more!

DWNTWNR Play Date is a private event for Downtown residents with the following zipcodes: 33128 | 33130 | 33131 | 33132 | 33136 | 33137
Iron Fork 2017
New Times welcomes Iron Fork 2017 OFF THE MENU at The Hyatt Regency. For the last decade, Miami New Times’ blockbuster Iron Fork has drawn thousands to Downtown Miami to enjoy some of the most interesting and exotic cuisine ever sampled south of Orlando. The event was selected as one of the top 100 events in South Florida in 2016 by Biz Bash. This year, thousands of diners and food lovers from across Greater Miami will gather to watch two of our city’s finest chefs go pot-to-pot in a sizzling showdown for supremacy.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Attention Small Business Owners: The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated by the Governor of Florida as a result of Hurricane Irma.
For more information, click here.


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