Downtown Development Authority

Organization in Charge of This Board 

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

About the Board

Here's a quick look at the Downtown Development Authority:

  • Helps in eliminating causes for building deterioration in Downtown's buildings
  • Promotes economic growth for the Downtown Grand Rapids Area
  • Aides in increasing property tax value

 

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  • Composed of the Mayor and eight (8) Members
  • Members are appointed by the Mayor subject to approval by the City Commission 

Not less than a majority of the members shall be persons having an interest in property located in the downtown district or officers, members, trustees, principals, or employees of a legal entity having an interest in property located in the downtown district. 

Residency Requirement
At least one member must be a resident of Downtown if the Downtown District has 100 or more people residing in it.

Term Limits
Each member's term is for 4 years. There is no term limit, so you can serve an unlimited number of terms. All members shall hold office until the member's successor is appointed. 

Compensation
There's no compensation for being a member of this board.

Luis Avila 

Mayoral Appointment
Non-Resident
Term Ends: 1/2/2023 

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term Ends:1/6/2020
 

Kayem Dunn

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term Ends: 1/6/2020
 

Jermale Eddie

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 3 Resident
Term Ends:1/6/2020

Brian Harris, Chairperson

Mayoral Appointment
Non-Resident
Term Ends: 1/6/2020

Jennifer Schottke

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term Ends: 1/3/2022
 

Diana Sieger

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term Ends: 1/4/2021 

Jim Talen

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term Ends: 1/2/2023

Richard A. Winn 

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term Ends:1/2/2023