Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

The DDA is a body created under authority of P.A. 197 of 1975, as amended, for the purposes of preventing deterioration in business districts, to create and implement development plans, to issue bonds, and to utilize tax increment financing. The Midland DDA is a department of the City of Midland.

  • Mission: To foster a dynamic downtown environment that promotes economic growth and social interaction.
  • Vision: To provide small city charm with big city choices.

How the DDA is Financed: As a department of the City of Midland, you can check out the City’s budget by visiting the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, or by visiting the City’s website at

DDA Board of Directors
The DDA Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month in City Hall’s Council Chambers. Board meetings are televised on MGTV Charter Cable Channel 188 (schedule can be found at Our meeting packets, including agenda, financial statements, and previous month’s minutes, are available on the City of Midland website.

Members of the DDA Board are below.

  • Brad Kaye, Assistant City Manager – City of Midland
  • Dave Kell (Chair) – Great Lakes Bay Construction
  • Marty McGuire (Vice Chair) – Dow Gardens
  • Bobbie Arnold– Charles J Strosacker Foundation
  • Paul Barbeau – Dow
  • Cathy Bott – Midland Daily News
  • Robert “Bo” Brines – Little Forks Outfitters
  • Bryan Jao – Midland Center for the Arts
  • Jonathan Lauderbach – Warner Norcross & Judd
  • Jim Malek – District Resident
  • Chris Moultrup – Three Rivers Corporation
  • Sean Squires – TCF
  • Bo Miller

In addition, the DDA has four standing committees: Executive Committee, Economic Sustainability, Communications, and Budget and Finance.

DDA Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Streaming Video
Keep informed about DDA business by visiting the City of Midland website for meeting agendas and minutes, plus streaming video of DDA Board meetings.

As always, you are welcome to call the DDA office at 989-837-3330 or email with any questions, concerns, or comments you may have.

DDA Annual Budget
Read the current year budget, which was approved by Midland City Council at the City of Midland website.

Midland Downtown Business Association (MDBA)

The Midland Downtown Business Association is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization created to benefit the Midland community.

The Midland Downtown Business Association strives to be the place where community happens. The MDBA works to accomplish this through events and festivals, branding and marketing, enhancing the quality of the district and building partnerships throughout the region.

The association is a community organization that provides an intimate, innovative, and enjoyable downtown experience.

MDBA Board of Directors

  • Selina Tisdale, Community Affairs Director – City of Midland
  • Daniel Buzzell (MDBA Chair), Owner – Ace Hardware
  • Julia Kepler, Owner – Serendipity Road & Joyful Tantrum
  • Emily Lyons, Director, Innovation & Entreprenurship – Midland Business Alliance
  • Sue Moody, Vice President Mortgage Lender – Mercantile Bank of Michigan
  • Dustin Neumeyer, Owner – Aberro Creative
  • Michelle Pilaske, Director of Communications & Programs – Michigan Baseball Foundation
  • Kevin Scorsone, Vice President, Market Director & Relationship Manager – Tri-Star Trust
  • Andrew Thompson, Attorney – Poznak Dyer Kanar Schefsky Thompson PLC
  • Ann Ward, Owner – Imagine That!
  • Chris Whitted, Owner – Grape Beginnings Winery
  • Gus Wojda, Owner & General Manager – Pizza Sam’s

MDBA Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Keep informed about MDBA business by visiting the City of Midland website for meeting agendas and minutes.