Downtown Development Authority

RICHMOND TOWNSHIP DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Richmond Township established a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) by Ordinance in 1999 as a means to undertake public facility improvements throughout its development area.

Mission Statement
The mission of Richmond Township’s DDA is:
“To attract, create, and retain business establishments by providing financial assistance to support business expansion, thereby increasing employment opportunities for the community’s residents.”

Board Members, Bylaws & Board Agendas/Minutes
The Richmond Township DDA and 220th Corridor Vision Committee will have a joint in-person meeting on March 22nd at 5:00 PM at the Township office, 21717 Howard Street (next door to the Secretary of State office), Reed City.  Manning Design from Big Rapids has been contracted to provide schematic design of potential corridor improvements.  This is primarily a kick-off meeting to discuss the project in more detail.  Face masks are required and social distancing will be maintained.

Financial Documents
Annual Audits
Annual Budget
Current Year Records and Documents
 
Annual Activities
Richmond Township DDA Development and Tax Increment Finance Plan Update 2012
Richmond Township DDA  Economic Development Guidebook
Board Members, Bylaws & Minutes

Board Members
Office Name
Telephone 
Appointment / Term 
Chairperson 
Ron Marek
Program Manager - Reed City Tool
(231) 388-4082
rjmusic@hotmail.com
January 2018 - January 2022
Secretary
Deb Ahlich-Remus
Owner, PMBC
102 E. Upton Ave.
debahlich@gmail.com
 
Treasurer 
Brad Taylor
Vice President and Commercial Lender - Lake Osceola Bank 
btaylor@losb.com
January 2019 - January 2023
Member 
Richard Sheldon
State Farm Insurance 
rich@richsheldon.com
January 2018 - January 2022
Member  
Brad Doornbos
Manager - Reed City Tool
brad.doornbos@gmail.com
January 2020 - January 2024
Member  
James Maturen
Retired 
jimmaturen@att.net
January 2020 - January 2024 
Member 
Johnell LeBaron
Retired
johnell.lebaron@gmail.com
January 2017 - January 2021
Member 
Maynard Bluhm
Township Supervisor
maynardbluhm@gmail.com
Ex-officio
  Vacancy  
Director
Robert Toland
(616) 785-3747 (W)
(616) 204-3747 (M)
tolandrtc@ameritech.net
 



Financial Documents


Current Contracts
Robert Toland Consulting has been appointed as the Director of the Richmond Township DDA effective February 1, 2020.  Compensation will be $650.00/month retainer and $350.00/meeting.

Plans

  • Richmond Township Downtown Development Authority Economic Development Guidebook:  The Economic Development Guidebook provides a baseline assessment of the existing conditions that drive the economy in Richmond Township and is intended to help local stakeholders and Township government officials implement strategies that contribute to the Township's economic health.  It includes strategic recommendations to enhance Richmond Township's business climate, ensure the fiscal health of the Township, and support economic growth in the Township in a manner consistent with the Township's character.
  • Richmond Township DDA Development & Tax Increment Finance Plan Update 2012:  As authorized by the Act, the Richmond Township Board and DDA determined it necessary to update the Development Plan and Tax Increment Finance Plan originally adopted in 2000 in order to continue to promote property tax valuation and economic development within the Downtown District.  The Richmond Township DDA Development & Tax Increment Finance Plan Update 2012 accomplishes three objectives; extends the life of the Plan through 2039 in order to undertake additional public improvements within the District, enables continued collection of tax increment revenues as a means to finance the proposed capital improvements, and eevises and expands the list of capital improvement projects to be undertaken during the life of the Plan.