Established in 1985, the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DDRA) was formed to be a catalyst for the city's redevelopment efforts, and to streamline the processes for private developers to build and remodel in the Dothan Downtown district. The DDRA was inactive for some time, but reformed in 2007 after a Southern tour of downtowns by the City Leaders. The organization is governed by a board of directors and led by an executive director.
The Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority works closely with the city of Dothan, Alabama, the Houston County Commission, the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, the Dothan Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Group, and other government and civic organizations. The Authority also works directly with private investors and developers to attract and encourage new development projects in the Downtown Dothan district.