DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
“Our goal is to improve the community in any way possible, but all leading back to an improved climate for businesses including health and manufacturing and the attraction of customers, including new residents.” said current DDA Chair, Scott Govitz.
HOW THE DDA WORKS
The DDA works through the creation of a special taxing district that is established when a plan is drawn up. The district is primarily the entire business frontage along M-18, Brown Street, and Industrial Park that allows for projects and spending receipts to then improve those areas with community input.
Of late, the DDA has been in the process of gaining public input into its next iteration of planning that will lead to a lot more improvements for years to come. Special meetings seeking input, online surveys and more public hearings will be held to hear from the community about the plans being drawn.
DDA MEETING MINUTES
2021 Meetings – 5:15pm
September 13, 2021 | DDA Meeting Minutes
October 11, 2021 | DDA Meeting Minutes
November 8, 2021 | DDA Meeting Minutes
December 13, 2021 | DDA Meeting Minutes
2020 Meetings – Beaverton Activity Center 5:15pm
2019 Meetings – Beaverton Activity Center 5:15pm
2018 Meetings – Beaverton Activity Center 5:15pm
OVER THE PAST DECADE PLUS SINCE THE EXISTING DDA WAS PUT INTO MOTION, THE DDA HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR OR INVOLVED IN A NUMBER OF PROJECTS INCLUDING:
Installation of existing streetscape along M-18 and Brown Street corridor
Assistance in program offerings including music events
Sound and electrical system improvements in Ross Lake Park
Several business façade improvement grants
Entry signs to the community
Improvements to sidewalks
Seasonal Building Lights
Hanging flower baskets
BIKE PATH | CONNECTING BEAVERTON & GLADWIN
The DDA is also currently working on a project that will tie the communities of Beaverton and Gladwin together with a bike path between the cities and will include improved parking near the hydroelectric facility, with new boat launch. According to Govitz, the great part about this project is the project cost was reduced significantly due to a number of grants received from private foundations, public bodies, business and the MDNR. However, without the ability to match some of these dollars with our own DDA funds, the projects simply would not be possible.
Scott Govitz, Chair
Ray Nau, Mayor
Kevin Neville, Mayor Pro tem
Heath Kaplan, City Manager
Joe Andrist, Business
Jason Blades, Business
Steve Broka, Business
Amy Dull, Business
Kurt Grove, Business
Tom O’Brien, Business
The Beaverton DDA, a separate and appointed board within the City, is comprised of two City Council members, a number of businesses, education and others interested in improving the community and business climate.