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. Michael Bishop

    PNC Bank

  3. Eric DeLong

    City of Grand Rapids

  4. Michael Ellis

    Ellis Parking

  5. Kurt Hassberger

    Rockford Construction

  6. Andrew Martin


  7. Darren McKnight

    Crowe Cizek

  8. Ciciley Moore

    W.K. Kellogg Foundation

  9. Thomas Rothwell

    DP Fox

  10. Carlos Sanchez

    Ferris State University

  11. Dennis Sturtevant

    Dwelling Place

  12. Mary Swanson

    Kent County

  13. Patricia Waring

    Grand Valley State University

  14. Scott Wierda

    CWD Real Estate

  15. Daniel Williams

    West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

View Past Meetings
  1. No meetings currently scheduled.

Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

The Downtown Improvement District Board on May 16, 2018 recommended the DID's Fiscal Year 2019 budget for City Commission approval. The fiscal year runs from July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.

Downtown Improvement District 2015 Renewal Materials

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