DEARBORN, MI--(Marketwire - August 18, 2008) - The East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (EDDDA) is inviting local residents and visitors to explore the district's international and eclectic offering of retail stores, ethnic food shops, restaurants and entertainment. The district is also home to the world class Arab American National Museum.

A new web site, developed by the EDDDA, highlights local businesses and upcoming events, including a free City-sponsored "Music Under the Stars" concert on Thursday, August 21, 2008.

The outdoor concert is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall Park in front of Dearborn City Hall at 13615 Michigan Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the music of Ara Topouzian, an Armenian American artist, who is nationally recognized for his performances on the kanun, a Middle Eastern harp.

"Our historic downtown covers a mile stretch along Michigan Avenue and Schaefer Road in Dearborn, and is evolving as a distinct and vibrant marketplace with people, food and culture from around the globe," said EDDDA Executive Director Michael Boettcher. "That's why we can promise that visitors will truly 'see the world in one mile.'"

Along with the web site, the EDDDA is helping businesses promote their products and services with advertising in local papers and on radio.

"We've been a well kept secret for far too long," added Boettcher. "You can get acquainted with our local events, shopping and dining as well as experience the museum's gorgeous exhibits and global Thursdays concert series. You'll see all the great things we have to offer."

For more information about East Downtown Dearborn, visit or call the EDDDA at 313-943-3194.

Contact Information: Media Contacts: Michael Boettcher Executive Director East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (EDDDA) (313) 943-3194 Margaret Blohm, APR Margaux & Associates, LLC 313-406-3467