ADMA History & Useful Information

Indulge in a variety of history ranging from the early settlers of Alexandria, to our lakes area maritime and finally walk past amazing architecture as you shop, taste and are entertained!

What year was ADMA formed?
The current ADMA organization was established in 1967 and was formally incorporated in 1981, however, the group can trace its roots back to a men's business organization started in the 1860's.

How many members?
It is unknown the number of members in '67 or throughout history, but it is believed to be relatively small. In 2005 we had appr. 35 members. As of September 2012 we have 71 members.

Downtown Alexandria Minnesota
Historic Downtown Alexandria

When did we receive non-profit status?
We formally incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1981, we did not obtain tax exempt status as a 501(c) 5 until 2009.

Any other pertinent information?
We are the largest retail organization in Alexandria. Our focus is to leverage the individual resources of small businesses to promote downtown Alexandria with a unified intensity.

The organization has achieved and commands significant respect from local political leaders in matters of importance to the downtown area. It is the goal of the Association to continue to strengthen the attractiveness of downtown for Alexandria shoppers, residents, visitors and business owners alike, while being recognized as a destination and a source of true value in the community.

Some things to highlight would include the Memorial weekend/Awake the Lakes event, Crazy Days, Fall Festival and Girls Night Out, Christmas Experience events, various sidewalk sales, Flower Basket project, Historic Downtown Alexandria banners, cornstalks, Halloween Trick or Treat event, coupon sheets, brochures, billboard, combined promotional opportunities with radio and print, website, monthly email newsletter, downtown design committee, and collaboration on the Complete Streets design.

Historic Downtown Alexandria Pictures:
Photos courtesy of Douglas County Historical Society