GR Forward Goal 1 Alliance Reestablish the Grand River as the draw

The GR Forward Goal 1 Alliance is a citizen-led council that advises DGRI staff on projects related to re-establishing the Grand River as the draw to Downtown, the City and West Michigan region. Click here to read more about GR Forward Goal 1 background, purpose and recommendations. (PDF)

The Alliance brings together people with different knowledge, perspectives, and backgrounds to solve problems, identity opportunities, and support the day-to-day work of improving Grand Rapids' central city.

Appointed by the DGRI Board of Advisors, members typically have personal interest and/or professional expertise in water and environmental issues, architecture and design, tourism and economic development.

The Alliance meets regularly and provides the DGRI management staff with critical input that drives organizational budgets, programs, events, projects, incentives, and services.


  1. Eddie Tadlock, Chair

    ASM Global

  2. Maleah Beatty

    Williams & Works

  3. Matt Chapman

    Grand Rapids White Water

  4. Sergio Cira-Reyes

    Latino Community Coalition

  5. Laura Cleypool

    City of Grand Rapids, Parks

  6. Isaac Degraaf

    Dwelling Place

  7. Joe Elliot

    RDV Corporation

  8. Corinne Farleigh

    Tesla Engineering / Envd Protection

  9. Lindsey Gadbois

    Tower Pinkster

  10. Rachel Hood

    Chase Park Grants

  11. Tom Hoving

    Retired Resident

  12. Janet Korn

    Experience Grand Rapids

  13. Ted Lott

    Lott3Metz Architecture

  14. Elyse Mathos

    Spectrum Health Foundation

  15. Nolan Miller

    Progressive AE

  16. Traci Montgomery


  17. Mark Roys

    CSM Group

  18. Jacob Z. Kulhanek

    The Christman Company

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

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