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Three business owners added to Monroe Downtown Development Authority


Monroe City Council recently approved the appointment of three new members to the Monroe Downtown Development Authority.

Robert Copp, a Monroe County resident who operates several local Subway sandwich shops; Eric Drummonds, a Monroe resident who owns Salon 23 along with his wife, Staci, and Malissa Whited, a downtown resident who operates the Mindful Movement yoga studio, were all appointed to the DDA at city council’s January 18 meeting.


Copp and Drummonds will serve terms ending June 30, 2025, while Whited completes a term to 2024, which was vacated when former member Deb Staelgraeve was elected to city council this past fall.

“I look forward to working with (the three new appointees), not only for what they bring to the table, but to keep the DDA moving forward,” said DDA Chairperson Anthony Trujillo. “The three new members come with a great investment in the city of Monroe, from local business owners to longtime residents, and with financial and consulting backgrounds and great minds for positive thinking. Malissa, Bob and Eric are great additions to the team.”

Drummonds said he is “honored to have the opportunity to serve on the DDA and look forward to helping usher in the next season of growth and development in downtown Monroe.”

Copp said he hopes to bring his wealth of business acumen to bear with his appointment to the DDA.

“I am looking forward to utilizing my 30+ years of business leadership – primarily in restaurants – to assist the association in revitalizing the downtown district,” he said. “As a downtown business owner, it is very important to me to have a vibrant downtown that the Monroe community and nearby communities appreciate.”

Whited said she hopes to contribute to the community’s successes and “would like to make a difference in Monroe and help to see the downtown thrive.”

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