DDA Downtown Development Authority

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. More details on the City Clerk Page.

Board Members

  1. Brian Harris, Chair


  2. Richard A. Winn, Vice Chair

    Amway Hotel Corporation

  3. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss

    City of Grand Rapids

  4. Kayem Dunn

    Organizational Development Consultant

  5. Jermale Eddie

    Malamiah Juice Bar

  6. Dr. Wendy Falb

    Literacy Center of West Michigan

  7. Jane Gietzen

    Spectrum Health

  8. Jim Talen

    Kent County Commissioner

  9. Diana Sieger

    Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

View Past Meetings
  1. DGRI (29 Pearl St. NW, Suite 1)
  2. DGRI (29 Pearl St. NW, Suite 1)
  3. DGRI (29 Pearl St. NW, Suite 1)


Freedom of Information

Consistent with the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 1976 PA 442, as amended, the attached document is a summary of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.'s FOIA Procedures and Guidelines relevant to the general public. More details and information are available at no charge at DGRI's office.

Development and Tax Increment Financing Plan Update

The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board of Directors recommended a long-term financing plan to support the community's vision of building a vibrant Downtown neighborhood with high-quality public parks, a riverfront recreation trail, more mobility and housing options and economic opportunity for people from all walks of life.

Fiscal Year 2017 Budget

Following the approval and recommendation by the DDA Board on May 11, 2016, the Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously approved the FY17 DDA Budget and Priority Plan at its meeting held June 7, 2016.

Expenditures proposed FY17 DDA Budget include 103 individual capital projects, programs, events, and other initiatives. With GR Forward now an approved amendment to the City's Master Plan, DGRI has continued to work diligently in aligning its budgets with plan's recommendations.

Financial Audits

The following financial audits are intended solely for the information and use of those charged with governance and, if approporiate, management of the Authoriy and is not intended and should not be used by anyone other than these specified parties.

BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, is the US member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms.

All financial audits are conducted in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America.

Annual Report to State of Michigan

The format of this report is consistent with state reporting standards.

Select Funded Projects