Uptown Business Improvement District

Department in Charge of This Board

Economic Development


About the Board

The Uptown BID is a special assessment district that works to promote and encourage economic vitality and growth within its boundaries. It does this by:

  • supporting neighborhood businesses through marketing and business development
  • providing enhanced services to the district
  • maintaining improvements made by the Uptown CIA

This BID includes the following business districts:

  • East Hills
  • East Fulton
  • Eastown
  • Wealthy Street

Apply for This Board

  • 9 members
  • One member is appointed as the Mayor's "Designee"
  • Two board member seats designated for a representative from each Uptown business district
  • At least one member from each business district must be the rightful owner of an assessed property located within the district
  • Members are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Commission on December 31

Residency Requirement

There are no residency requirements.


Term Limits

Your term on this board is 4 years. There is no term limit, so you can serve an unlimited number of terms.


Compensation

There is no compensation for members on this board.

Matt Franko (Secretary)

Mayoral Appointment
Representative of the East Hills Business District
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2022

Dr. Lynn Happel (Vice-Chair)

Mayoral Appointment
Representative of the Eastown Business District
Non-Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2020

Stephanie Johnson

Mayoral Appointment
Representative of the East Fulton Business District 
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2021

Ted Lott

Mayoral Appointment
Representative of the East Hills Business District
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2020

Commissioner Nathaniel Moody

Mayoral Appointment
Mayor's Designee
Ward 3 Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2019

Tamara Sytsma (Chair)

Mayoral Appointment
Representative of the Wealthy Business District
Non-Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2019

Jaye Van Lenten

Mayoral Appointment
Representative of the Eastown Business District
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2022

Peter Vanderwier

Representative of the East Fulton Business District
Mayoral Appointment
Ward 3 Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2021

Vacancy

Mayoral Appointment
Representative of the Wealthy Business District
Term ends: 12/31/2019