• Paul V. Jones, Chairman
  • Justin Thornhill, Vice Chairman
  • Pierre Theriot
  • Eric Dosch
  • Sharon L. Smith
  • Bruce O'Krepki
  • Cassie Regan  
  • Mayor Pete Panepinto, Ex-Officio


  • Chelsea Tallo, Executive Director
  • Olivia Graziano, Assistant Director & Farmers Market Manager  
  • Madison Chauvin, Marketing Director & Administrative Assistant
  • Jessica Thomas, Event Coordinator & Administrative Assistant




The Downtown Development District was created by the Louisiana state legislature in 1986, and in January 1987 the Hammond Downtown Development District Authority was formed. The major goal of the Downtown Development District Authority is to upgrade and improve downtown Hammond, Louisiana. To carry out this mission, the Downtown Development District Authority can, through a referendum vote of citizens living in the district, assess themselves a tax millage specifically dedicated for use in the district.

Mission Statement:

The Hammond Downtown Development District is devoted to progressing and stimulating business development and diversity. We protect, unite and rejuvenate the district in order to benefit residents and local commerce; making Downtown a promising place to socialize, do business and call home.

Vision Statement:

-We believe that Downtown is the heart of Hammond, and we strive to protect and preserve its foundation in an effort to stay "Historically Hip."

- We aspire to establish Downtown Hammond as a vibrant destination for locals, travelers and culturists.

- WE seek to unify the district's businesses, patrons and residents in an endeavor to maintain our successful and sustainable economy.

Louisiana Mainstreet Community

Hammond is an accredited Louisiana Main Street Community and has been since 1984. This designation has benefited local programs through the Design, Economic Restructuring, Merchants Promotions and Organization.

Hammond Main Street encourages and promotes a historic preservation ethic.  The focus is on the development, implementation, and program growth for the comprehensive Main Street Four-Point Approach as advocated by the National Main Street Center.

The Downtown Development District (DDD) is the Main Street Program partner and supports the manager/director who is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the program and all of the DDD programs and activities.

The Main Street Manager reports to the Louisiana Main Street the progress of the vision and mission of the programs.  There are annual assessments to evaluate the local community’s progress and assist with the community’s accreditation as outlined by the National Trust Main Street Center.

To view a detailed map of the Hammond Downtown Development District, click HERE.