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Downtown Development Authority


The Elk Rapids Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is tasked with analyzing the impact of economic changes in the downtown district and developing plans in coordination with the Village Council and Planning Commission to promote orderly economic growth in the downtown development district. The most recent Downtown Development and Tax Increment Financing plans were adopted in 2011.

DDA Documents

2018 Downtown Facade Mini-grant Program – Deadline April 30, 2018; Contact DDA Coordinator Amanda Baker at amanda@northernlakes.net.  Please utilize two documents links directly below.

Program Sheet

Façade Grant Application_fillable

2016 Annual Report
2016 DDA 101 Presentation

2015 DDA Strategic Plan
2015 DDA Strategic Plan (with supporting materials)
2011 Restated Downtown Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan

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The DDA meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Government Center (315 Bridge St., Elk Rapids, MI 49629).

Steve Thomas – Chair
E-mail: steve@thomasbuildingdesign.com

Kathy Wittbrodt-Vice Chair
E-mail: kathy@watersideproperties.net

James Janisse – Village President – Council Rep.
E-mail:  jjanisse@elkrapids.org

Sharon Fitzpatrick
E-mail:  sharon@fitzinsurance.com

Karen Simpson
E-mail:  krn.simpson58@gmail.com

Brian Scram
E-mail:  brianbrigg@aol.com

Eric Ray
E-mail: eray2001@outlook.com

Christine Petersen 
E-mail: christinepetersenmd@gmail.com

Becky Lancaster
E-mail: lancasterbec@hotmail.com

Additional Information and Documents

DDA Agenda and Minutes Archive
DDA Recordings Archive
Downtown Development Authority Bylaws
Meeting Calendar