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 6/30/2023
Emily Sutton-Smith, Vice Chair  6/30/2024
Don Bixler  6/30/2023 
Madison Droscha 6/30/2025
Brooke Donnelly-Grzelak 6/30/2026
Vacancy 6/30/2025
Tammy Gilroy, Council Rep 11/30/2022
Jessica Modert 6/30/2024
Narda Murphy  6/30/2023
Noah Belanger, Council Alternate  11/30/2022

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


Meeting Dates 2022
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month,
at 7 pm, 
unless otherwise stated 


January 18, 2022              July 19, 2022
February 15, 2022   August 16, 2022
March 15, 2022     September 20, 2022
April 19, 2022   October 18, 2022
May 17, 2022   November 15, 2022
June 21, 2022   December 20, 2022


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:
John Hanifan, 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:
CLICK HERE for Inspection
     Scheduling Instructions