Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

General Description

This Board is the governing body of a special purpose local authority established under state enabling law to halt deterioration and to foster development of the downtown business area. The DDA contracts with Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated (DKI) to administer the city’s parking system and to manage the economic development programs funded by Tax Increment Financing (TIF) dollars.

Meeting Times and Contact Information

Last updated on Friday, November 13, 2015

Board Name
Meeting Date/Time
Meeting Location
Downtown Development Authority
Nov 16, 3:00 PM
Community Room at City Hall
Downtown Development Authority
Dec 21, 3:00 PM
Community Room at City Hall

For more information about the DDA, please contact President, ACIP Steve Deisler at 344-0795 or via email.


Current Members

Carl Brown
First Full Term
Lisa Carriveau
First Full Term
James Escamilla Chairperson
Second Full Term
Grant Fletcher
Partial Term
Bjorn Green
Second Full Term
Bobby Hopewell Mayor
Member by virtue of office
Robert Miller
Second Full Term
Ann Rohrbaugh Treasurer
Second Full Term
John Schmitt Vice Chair
Extension of Second Full Term
Gregory Taylor
First Full Term
Derek Wissner Secretary
Second Full Term

Term Length: 4 years

Becoming a Member

Residency Requirements: Code of Ordinances Appendix F Sec. 6 states that a majority of the members must have an interest in property located in the downtown district. At least one (1) member must be a resident of the downtown district if the downtown district has more that 100 people residing in it. These requirements are also stated in the DDA Bylaws, Art. II, Sec. 2.

Applications: Boards and Commission Applications may be obtained by contacting the City Clerk's Office at (269) 337-8792 or via e-mail. You may also view and print a Board and Commission Application.

Appointment Process: Ultimately the City Commission must approve the appointments of all board and commission members. When the City Clerk's Office receives an application, we send copies to the staff liaison and chair of board(s) listed on the application. The individual boards and commissions must recommend nominees for appointment, and each board has their own processes and procedures for considering applications. The timetable for this process depends on the number of vacancies on a particular board, and the extent of a board's nominating procedure. Questions about the status of a Board and Commission Application should be directed to the staff liaison(s) for the appropriate board(s).

Agendas, Minutes, and Other Important Documents

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Click on the following links to view important documents related to the DDA.