Downtown Hammond became a pilot of the Louisiana Main Street program in 1984, becoming one of the first 4 Main Streets in the state. In 1986 the Downtown Development District Authority was passing and in 1987 the community voted yes to the DDD receiving a millage of property taxes to fund commerce and development in the district.
At the Downtown Development District on the corner of Thomas Street and Railroad Avenue - we focus on arts & entertainment, beautification, economic vitality, events, merchant support and community health in order to make Downtown Hammond as happening as possible.
Chelsea Tallo Little began at the Hammond DDD in 2015, and became Executive Director in 2016. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with degrees in Public Relations & Marketing. She was recognized as one of Tangipahoa’s “Future 40 Under 40” leaders in 2017. She led Downtown to be chosen as one of Main Street America’s “Top 10 Greatest Main Streets” in the country in 2019. She has also been recognized nationally, receiving one of only two national scholarships to become “Main Street Certified” through the Main Street America Institute. She is in progress of becoming a certified Louisiana Economic Developer through LED. She enjoys teaching dancing and mentoring her dancers at Lemoine Academy of Dance, rescuing animals, and relaxing at the beach. Chelsea cares deeply about improving the Downtown District of Hammond, one small business at a time!
Michelle Kendall became a part of the DDD in 2018 as an intern. Since then, she has been brought on in her current role. Michelle manages the day-to-day operations of the Hammond Farmers Market, as well as writing for grant opportunities and focusing on the health of our community. She recently graduated from LSUHSC New Orleans with a Master of Public Health. She also earned her BS in Health Education & Promotion from Southeastern Louisiana University. In October 2020, Michelle was named as co-chair of the Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition. In her free time, she enjoys bopping around downtown with her Blue Heeler Pinto. She also lives within the downtown district, and her ultimate dream is to open a grocery store here in #DowntownHammond.