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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.

COVID-19 Resources We Are Here For You

DDA COVID response_ 

Business Reopen Safely Tool Kit


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.

Please see the Village page for the Annual Audit Information.

Program Sheet

Façade Grant Application_fillable 

2020 DDA Goals

2020 Three Part DDA Relief and Recovery Plan

2020-21 DDA Budget

2020-21 DDA Budget Amendment

2020 Presentation to DDA – Relief Recovery – Reopen Businesses Safely

2016 Annual Report
2016 DDA 101 Presentation

2016 Elk Rapids DDA Strategic Plan

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).

Christine Petersen- Vice Chair
E-mail: cpetersen@elkrapids.org

Kathy Wittbrodt
E-mail: kwittbrodt@elkrapids.org

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

Katy Caddy
E-mail:  kcaddy@elkrapids.org

Becky Lancaster – Secretary
E-mail: blancaster@elkrapids.org

Steve Thomas
E-mail: sthomas@elkrapids.org

Jim Witte – Chair

Kelsey Duda
E-mail: kduda@elkrapids.org

Doug VanCura
E-mail: dvancura@elkrapids.org

Additional Information and Documents

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