DID Downtown Improvement District

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. Eric DeLong

    City of Grand Rapids

  3. Darren McKnight

    Crowe Cizek

  4. Thomas Rothwell

    DP Fox

  5. Patricia Waring

    Grand Valley State University

  6. Kurt Hassberger

    Rockford Construction

  7. Michael Lindley

    Huntington Bank

  8. Michael Bishop

    PNC Bank

  9. Michael Ellis

    Ellis Parking

  10. Carlos Sanchez

    Ferris State University

  11. Dennis Sturtevant

    Dwelling Place

  12. Mary Swanson

    Kent County

  13. Scott Wierda

    CWD Real Estate


Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Process

The City Commission on May 23, 2017 approved the GR DID's budget recommendation for Fiscal Year 2018. The fiscal year runs from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.

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