Downtown Improvement District (DID)

The Downtown Improvement District (DID) is a funding tool Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. administers to keep certain areas of the urban core clean, attractive, and eventful. Funds go to support a uniformed Clean Team that leads daily sidewalk cleaning, landscaping and beautification, sidewalk snowmelt, restaurant and retail-oriented marketing and promotions, and special events.

Established by the City Commission in 2000 under state law, the DID’s sole revenue source is a special assessment on real property voluntarily approved by business and property owners within the DID district. City Commission approves the DID special assessment and budget. A 14-member Board appointed by the Mayor with concurrence from the City Commission govern the DID. The Board meets as needed. More details are on the City Clerk Page.

Board Members

  1. Robert Herr, Chair


  2. Monica App

    Rockford Construction

  3. Michael Bishop

    Chemical Bank

  4. Michael Ellis

    Ellis Parking

  5. Cullen Hillary


  6. Emily Loeks

    Studio C

  7. Josh Lunger

    Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

  8. Andrew Martin


  9. Jess Slaydon

    Swift Printing

  10. Ashley Ward

    Hire for Hope

  11. Patricia Waring

    Grand Valley State University

  12. Peter Albertini

    Peter Albertini Properties

  13. Ginny Justice


Upcoming Meeting Schedule

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  1. No meetings currently scheduled.

DID Authorization Plan, as proposed

The DID's current 1-year authorization expires June 30, 2022. A committee of Downtown stakeholders developed the proposed re-authorization plan linked below to ensure Downtown maintains the critical place-management services that keep the neighborhood clean, beautiful and vibrant.

This proposed authorization plan includes a summary of services requested by property owners in the DID, the map showing where these services will be delivered and the estimated budget to provide the requested services during Fiscal Year 2023, which runs from July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.

Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

The Downtown Improvement District Board on March 25, 2021 recommended the DID's Fiscal Year 2022 plan and budget. The City Commission approved in April 2021. Fiscal Year 2022 begins July 1, 2021 and runs to July 1, 2022.

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