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    Authority
     
    City Commission Proceeding No. 82483 (June 11, 2013), City of Grand Rapids Policy 900-54, Principal Shopping Districts and Business Improvement Districts (State of Michigan Public Act 120 of 1961 as amended, MCLA 125.981 et.seq.)

    Purpose
    The Uptown Business Improvement District Board will recommend annually to the City of Grand Rapids a Marketing and Development Plan for providing enhanced services within the district including streetscape maintenance and beautification, marketing and branding, events promotion and coordination, and internal and external communications. A supplemental Financing Plan will provide the financial resources to complete said tasks.  Additionally, administrative services will be contracted to coordinate daily activities within Uptown including event planning, member communication, contract management and response to day-to-day issues.  The proposed plan will be funded, in part, by a special assessment on those non-residential properties that will receive benefit from these enhanced services.  

    The Board consists of nine (9) members.  One (1) member is a City Commissioner appointed by the Mayor.  The remaining eight (8) members will represent each of the recognized business districts in the area as business or property owners.  
     

    Appointment
    Members are appointed by the Mayor with the advice and approval of the City Commission on December 31.
     
    Residency Requirement

    At least one (1) member shall reside in the development area.​

    Term
    Each member's term is for four (4) years and not subject to the Service Limitation.

    Meetings
    The Board meets at the Inner City Christian Federation, 920 Cherry Street, SE on the first Wednesday of each month.

    Current Annual Meeting Schedule​
     
     
    Compensation
    None.
     
    Liaison


    Current members & term end
    Kara Wood, Economic Development Director, 456-3196.

    Lorena Wenzel
         Wealthy Seat
         12/31/2019
    Betti Allen
         East Fulton Seat
         12/31/2017​
    Com. Joseph D. Jones
         Mayoral Appointee Seat
         12/31/2019
    Dr. Lynn Happel
         Eastown Seat
         12/31/2020
    Stephanie Johnson
         East Fulton Seat
         12/31/2017​
    Matthew Franko
        East Hills Seat
        12/31/2018
    (Ted Lott) 
        Pending Oath of Office
         East Hills Seat
         12/31/2020
    Jaye Van Lenten
         Eastown Seat
         12/31/2018
    Tamara Sytsma
        Wealthy Seat
        12/31/2019
     


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