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
Narda Murphy, Vice Chair 6/30/23
Don Bixler  6/30/23 
Susan Byrd 6/30/21
Vacancy 6/30/20
Garrett Gabriel 6/30/21
Tammy Gilroy, Council Rep 11/30/20
Matt Mulford 6/30/22
Emily Sutton-Smith  6/30/24
John Bisard, Council Alternate  11/30/20

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


Meeting Dates 2020
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month,
at 7 pm, 
unless otherwise stated 


January 21, 2020              July 21, 2020
February 18, 2020   August 18, 2020
March 17, 2020     September 15, 2020
April 21, 2020   October 20, 2020
May 19, 2020   November 17, 2020
June 16, 2020   December 15, 2020


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
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: Email Building Department