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

    Chemical Bank

  3. Eric DeLong

    City of Grand Rapids

  4. Michael Ellis

    Ellis Parking

  5. Kurt Hassberger

    Rockford Construction

  6. Andrew Martin


  7. Carlos Sanchez

    Ferris State University

  8. Dennis Sturtevant

    Dwelling Place

  9. Patricia Waring

    Grand Valley State University

  10. Scott Wierda

    CWD Real Estate

  11. Daniel Williams

    West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology

  12. Jane Gietzen

    Spectrum Health

  13. Emily Loeks

    Studio C

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

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  1. No meetings currently scheduled.

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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