The Milton-Freewater Chamber Downtown Alliance

Promoting economic & cultural vitality for a vibrant Milton-Freewater Community where everyone benefits

About Us

The Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce and the Milton-Freewater Downtown Alliance were originally completely separate entities. The two organizations often found themselves working alongside each other on projects such as Brews by the Blues, Cinco de Mayo, and Make a Difference Day. They both had the vision of a community working together to create a vibrant and prosperous Milton-Freewater, where everyone benefits. They both wanted to create an inviting, family-friendly, and inclusive climate for new and existing businesses through improvements to infrastructure and increased promotion. Around Fall 2019, it became obvious that the two organizations partnering together would streamline business functions and shift their focus full-time to community building. 

On January 21, 2020, the Joint Operations Agreement was adopted by both Boards of Directors, and the Milton-Freewater Chamber Downtown Alliance was born! Due to COVID, it wasn't until the Fall of 2021 that they started implementing this agreement and, since that time, much progress has been made building a strong foundation for this joint group. 

On April 11th of this year, a Memorandum of Agreement between the two organizations and the City of Milton-Freewater was signed as an official mark of recognition and partnership with the City.

These individuals pressed on through years of hardship, the COVID Pandemic, and overwhelming negativity. They picked up the pieces of times past, kept attending meetings, kept their organizations together, kept hope in their hearts, and truly pioneered a way to bind two organizations with different structures into one with a common purpose. Their work and love for Milton-Freewater broke the mold to create a brand new type of organization that is now working on the preservation of historic buildings, new community spaces, new community events and is blazing the way for the next generation of leaders to rise up.

MFCDA Committees

Design Committee

Responsible for: educating others about good design, providing good design advice, and encouraging quality improvement to properties and public spaces, planning main street development, and motivating others to make changes.

Promotions & Tourism Committee

Responsible for: promoting Milton-Freewater Business Districts, culture, and community life for both residents and visitors.

Economic Vitality Committee

Responsible for: analyzing current economic condition, identifying opportunities for market growth, strengthening existing and recruiting new businesses and supporting the overall health of the district.

Organization & Outreach Committee

Responsible for: raising money for projects and administration from donations, sponsorships, and grants; managing staff and volunteers, promoting the main street program, and managing finances and good accounting procedures.


Seeks out, connects with, and welcomes new businesses and volunteers; identifies and relays needs of business owners to the correct community entities; facilitates Ribbon Cuttings/Grand Openings for new businesses; plans the Ambassador’s Breakfast and Annual Christmas Magic Parade.

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Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At the Milton-Freewater Chamber Downtown Alliance, a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all employees and volunteers, whatever their race, creed, religion, color, age, disability, marital status, parental status, veteran status, military status, national origin, political affiliation, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, and any other status are protected by the law. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement of our staff.

We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

MFCDA Joint Committee Members

The Joint Committee is comprised of 3 members of each Board of Directors

2022-2023 Joint Committee Members
Chair: Carol Irving
Vice Chair: Judy Chesnut
MFDA Reps: Susan Kralman & Mark Driver
Chamber Reps: Kim Munk & Susan Dohrmann
Executive Director: Maryelizabeth E. Garcia

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