Welcome to the Village of Ravenna Downtown Development Authority


HISTORY
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established on August 6, 2002 in accordance with Michigan State Law, Public Act No. 197 of 1975. The DDA is a non-profit public entity that focuses on the revitalization of the business district of Ravenna.

VISION
The Village of Ravenna DDA strives to make the downtown a vibrant space that will attract local residents, visitors, and boost commerce in the DDA district. The DDA is dedicated to enriching the lives of people living in Ravenna by supporting them through change and by enabling them to determine and develop their own community.

MISSION STATEMENT
The DDA seeks to correct and prevent deterioration in the downtown business district and to promote the economic growth of the DDA district. Currently DDA projects include:

  1. Developing a Downtown Market Study of Ravenna which includes downtown market stategies, retail and commercial analysis, residential analysis, and economic analysis
  2. Set-up a Façade Improvement Grant Program to assist businesses to improve visibility to the public

Market Study done in 2010:
This report presents specific strategy recommendations for retail, commercial, residential and economic growth through the next five to twenty years, and specifically for the Village of Ravenna, Michigan. Ravenna is located in Muskegon County, which is positioned along Lake Michigan’s eastern coastline. It is a relatively remote, small community that does not have a direct connection to an interstate highway, and is probably destined to remain a small community for the foreseeable future.

Click here to download the Village of Ravenna Downtown Market Strategy Report. 

Façade Grant and application:
The Village of Ravenna Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has determined that a portion of the revenues collected by the DDA should be used to enhance the building facades found in downtown Ravenna.  The DDA is adopting a plan for façade improvements in cooperation with private property owners to enhance the appearance of individual buildings, storefronts, and signs that improve the visual character of the downtown and plays a major role in the marketing success of the business district.

Click here to download the Facade Improvement Program Guidelines

Click here to download the Sign and Facade Improvement Grant Applications

Click to view Map of DDA District:  DDA Map


The DDA Meets on the 3rd Monday of January, March, June, and September

Member's Name Position Business Name Phone
Kathy Bensinger email Council Village President (231-670-1549)
Phil Annis email Chair Phil Annis Insurance Agency (231)853-2828
Steve Patterson email Member Village of Ravenna DPW (231)855-1507
Dave Ruble email Member   (616)307-8094
Gordy Plescheremail Council   (616)675-4241
Bill Funk email Secretary Throop Funeral Home (231)853-6511
Ralph Rogers Member Rogers Printing (231)853-6839
Steve VanderWoude email Member Pastor of First Reformed Church (231)853-6621
Mary Schaefer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Member Mary Schaefer  

 

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Contact Us

  231.853.2360
  231.853.6443
  12090 Crockery Creek Dr. Ravenna, MI 49451
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