Downtown Development Authority


Jodi Stefforia

Community Development Director

(269) 381-4382

Downtown Development Authority

The Township established a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in 2019. A map of the DDA boundaries is below. The DDA district allows the Township to capture taxes from other taxing jurisdictions through Tax Increment Financing and use them for improvements within the boundaries of the district to increase property values, promote economic development, eliminate causes of deterioration and improve the vitality of the area.

The DDA is run by a governing board appointed by the Township Supervisor with approval of the Township Board. The Township Supervisor is automatically a member. The DDA Board is required to prepare an  annual budget showing the proposed expenditures for the year. The Township Board must approve the DDA’s budget. The DDA Board is authorized to hire a Director, but only with the approval of the Township Board; the Township’s Community Development Director serves as the DDA Director providing staff support.

Board Members

Jonathan Koets, Chair
Sandra Katje, Vice Chair
Jeffrey Townsend, Secretary/Treasurer
Randy Thompson, Township Supervisor
Roger Tuinier, County Commission Liaison
Ryan Davis
Bill Howson
Scott Smelker
Serih Smelker
Amy Dyer Taylor

Activities of the DDA

Annual Synopsis of DDA Activities and Events
Campaigns of the DDA

Budget & Financial Reports