Uptown Corridor Improvement Authority

About

The Uptown CIA encompasses four business districts in their development area: East Fulton, Wealthy Street, East Hills, and Eastown. Uptown also has a Business Improvement District.


Annual Activity Synopsis

The Uptown CIA does not have tax increment revenues which have not been expended within 5 years of their receipt.


Facade Improvement Program

Are you a commercial business owner or property owner within the Uptown Corridor Improvement Authority (CIA) Boundary? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the Uptown CIA Facade Improvement Program.


Development Support Policy

The Uptown CIA has a development support policy, which provides support for certain development projects that need significant public infrastructure investments and results in at least one of the following:

  • Retention of permanent jobs
  • Creation of permanent jobs
  • Addition of residential units
  • Creation of new greenspace available to the public

Download Policy(PDF, 110KB)


Sub-Committees

Design Committee

This committee focuses on streetscape, and public space design and improvements.

Business Development Committee

This committee supports the development of new or existing businesses.

Marketing Committee

This committee focuses on promoting the work of the Uptown CIA and the businesses located in the development area.

If you have an interest in joining a committee or learning more, please contact the Uptown Executive Director.


Meetings

The Uptown CIA meets most months on the first Wednesday at 8:00 am.


Current Board Members

Lynn Happel

Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Stephanie Johnson

Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Nathaniel Moody

Term Ends: 12/31/2023

Matthew Smith

Term Ends: 12/31/2023

Mark Stoddard (Chair)

Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Tamara Sytsma

Term Ends: 12/31/2023

Peter Vanderwier (Vice-Chair)

Term Ends: 12/31/2024

Joana Hively (Secretary)

Term Ends: 12/31/2024

Vacancy

Term Ends: 12/31/2021


Budgets


Documents and Links


Contracts

Uptown Grand Rapids, Inc. (UGRI)

UGRI assists the Uptown CIA in the implementation of the Tax Increment Financing and Development Plans. Learn More

Highland Group

Highland Group has been contracted by the Uptown CIA to develop a new website and provide ongoing maintenance. Learn More

Dana Kroll - Social Media and Marketing Specialist

Dana Kroll manages the Uptown marketing efforts including all social media. Learn More

Lions and Rabbits

Lions and Rabbits is working with the Uptown CIA on four public art installations. Learn More

Revue Magazine

Revue Magazine provides monthly advertising in their magazine for Uptown. Learn More


Audits

The Uptown CIA is audited as part of the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).


Contact

Ingrid Miller
imiller@uptowngr.org


Learn More