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 
Rich Martin, Chair 6/30/21
Narda Murphy, Vice Chair 6/30/23
Don Bixler  6/30/23 
Sharon Emrick 6/30/20
Tammy Gilroy, Council Rep
William Long 6/30/23
Matt Mulford  6/30/22 
Vacancy   6/30/21  
Vacancy 6/30/20
John Bisard, Council Alternate  11/30/19

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

Meeting Dates 2019
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month,
at 7 pm, 
unless otherwise stated 

January 15, 2019              July 16, 2019
February 19, 2019
  August 20, 2019
March 19, 2019
    September 17, 2019
April 16, 2019
  October 15, 2019
May 21, 2019
  November 19, 2019
June 18, 2019   December 17, 2019


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

DDA Development Plans:
2009 Restated Development Plan
2012 Plan
2018 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
Office Hours:  Mon-Fri, 8 am - 5 pm  
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 - Associated Government Services
8171 Gull Rd., Ste B.
Richland, MI  49083
Office Hours:  Mon-Fri 8 am - 4:30 pm
Closed from 12-1:30 pm daily