Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) serves as a mechanism to promote economic growth in the City of Williamston's downtown district. The DDA plans, proposes and implements improvements to individual buildings and public facilities in the downtown district. The DDA also creates, operates and funds marketing initiatives that benefit retail and other business establishments in the downtown district.

Eight authority members are appointed for 4-year terms by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council. The Mayor serves as an ex-officio member on a year-to-year basis. Not less than five members shall be persons having an interest in property located in the downtown district; not less than one member shall be a resident of the downtown district.

Board Members
Name Term Expiration 
William Long, Chair 6/30/23
Emily Sutton-Smith, Vice Chair  6/30/24
Don Bixler  6/30/23 
Garrett Gabriel 6/30/25
Tammy Gilroy, Council Rep 11/30/21
Jessica Modert 6/30/24
Matt Mulford 6/30/22
Narda Murphy  6/30/23
Vacancy 6/30/25
Noah Belanger, Council Alternate  11/30/21

Williamston Downtown Historic District Informational Session
Sponsored by the Williamston Downtown Development Authority and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network


Meeting Dates 2021
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month,
at 7 pm, 
unless otherwise stated 


January 19, 2021              July 20, 2021
February 16, 2021   August 17, 2021
March 16, 2021     September 21, 2021
April 20, 2021   October 19, 2021
May 18, 2021   November 16, 2021
June 15, 2021   December 21, 2021


Financial Information:
Financial information, budget, audit information is all available on the City Treasurer's page.  Click here for link.

Updated Synopsis of Activities:
Click here


Current Contracts:
Gormley & Johnson Law Offices, PLC – Provision of legal services to the authority


DDA Development Plans (click on year for links):
2009 Restated Development Plan
2012 Plan
2018 Plan
2021 Plan

•DDA Facade Improvement Program Procedures and Fillable Application

•DDA Sponsorship Request Application

•DDA Bylaws

Authority Staff:
Corey Schmidt, City Manager & DDA Director
161 E. Grand River Ave.
Williamston, MI  48895




Contact City Hall for commercial opportunities.

City Hall

161 E. Grand River Ave.  
Williamston, MI 48895
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 am - 5 pm 
517-655-2774; Fax-517-655-2797

Police Department
175 E Grand River Ave.  
Williamston, MI  48895 
517-655-4222; Fax-517-655-6498

Department of Public Works
781 Progress Ct.
Williamston, MI  48895
517-655-2221; Fax 517-996-6299
Office Hours Vary, call City Hall for assistance, 517-655-2774

Assessing Department
Click here for Assessing Page

Building Department
Livingston County Building Department
2300 E Grand River Ave
Howell, MI 48843
Mon–Fri, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: 517-546-3240
Fax: 517-546-7461
Inspection Request Line:  517-546-3830
General Dept. Email: