Downtown Development Authority

The DDA was formed under the Downtown Development Act (PA 197 of 1975) which was developed to assist local governments in their encouragement of historic preservation; in the elimination and prevention of blight and deterioration in business districts; to encourage and promote economic development, growth and revitalization; to make provision for the acquisition and disposition of personal and real property; to authorize the issuance of bonds and the use of tax increment financing revenues; and to provide for a development plan that sets forth specific downtown development objectives as described in a locally adopted development plan for central business districts.

The Act is further intended to assist municipalities in reversing historical trends, which have led to the loss of population, jobs and businesses. The Act seeks to improve the quality of life by attacking problems of decline where they are most apparent, in the downtown districts of communities.

The Act seeks to accomplish its goals by providing municipalities with the necessary legal, monetary and organizational tools to revitalize downtown districts through public initiated projects undertaken cooperatively with privately initiated projects.

The way in which a Downtown Development Authority makes use of its tools made available depends on the problems and priorities of each community.

For a schedule of meetings held by the DDA, please click here.

Streetscape Project

The Village of Howard City and the Downtown Development Authority are in the final phase of redesigning and beautifying downtown Howard City.  The DDA has been awarded a Transportation Enhancement Grant to assist with this process.  Construction of the streetscape is scheduled for the spring of 2011.

DDA Facade Grant Program

The Howard City Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has implemented a Facade Grant program to assist local business owners (within the DDA District) improve the facade of their buildings.

The Village of Howard City Downtown Development Authority (DDA) established the Facade Improvement Program to promote economic development within the Village of Howard City. The program is administered by the Village of Howard City DDA.

The DDA is providing funding to encourage DDA property owners to make needed exterior building facade improvements. By improving the appearance of a building facade, the program serves to improve the economic viability of the business district. Having an attractive business district should increase property values, improve the marketability of space within the buildings, and draw business and residents to the area.

The program is ongoing and you can apply at any time!

Click HERE to download the Application and Guidelines.


  • Michael Falcon, Executive Director
  • Rick Kilts
  • Greg Klunder
  • Paige Denslow
  • Ron Baker
  • Randy Heckman
  • Rich Stevens
  • Doug Berends
  • Rich Pease
  • Michael VanWagner

Downtown Blueprint Study

2005 Blueprint Study

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