The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is a funding tool Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. administers to help catalyze public and private investment in Grand Rapids urban core. Funds go to help expedite private development projects, put underutilized property back to productive use, build streets and public infrastructure, as well as maintain and expand parks and other public amenities.
Established by the City Commission in 1980 under state law, the GR DDA’s principal source of funding is revenue generated by increasing property values within the DDA district. City Commission annually approves the DDA budget. A 9-member Board of Directors appointed by the Mayor with concurrence from City Commission govern the DDA. The Board meets monthly on the second Wednesday.
Board approves short term economic relief funding, three liquor license requests, and funds for the Downtown Ambassador program.
Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Recommendation
The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority Board on April 8, 2020 recommended the GR DDA's Fiscal Year 2021 budget for City Commission approval. The 2021 fiscal year runs from July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021. The City Commission is expected to consider authorizing the budget on April 28, 2020.
The DDA’s Development and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Plan, required by state law, establishes the purposes and practices which guide how the DDA collects and uses revenues to catalyze investment in its district. The current plan was recommended by the DDA Board in October 2016 and approved by the Grand Rapids City Commission in December 2016.
Michigan's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ensures public access to government records. The DDA's FOIA Procedures and Guidelines describe the process and expectations for the public to submit formal requests information. If you seek something specific, give us a call. We will help you find it.