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)
This committee focuses on streetscape, and public space design and improvements. This committee meets the third Thursday of the month at 8:30 AM.
Business Development Committee
This committee supports the development of new or existing businesses. This committee meets the third Monday of the month at 8:00 AM.
This committee focuses on promoting the work of the Uptown CIA and the businesses located in the development area. This committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM.
If you have an interest in joining a committee or learning more, please contact the Uptown Executive Director here.
The Uptown CIA meets most months on the first Wednesday at 8:00 am.
Current Board Members
- Mark Stoddard, Chair (Term Ends: 12/31/2025)
- Matthew Smith, Vice-Chair (Term Ends: 12/31/2023)
- Joana Hively, Secretary (Term Ends: 12/31/2024)
- Peter Vanderwier (Term Ends: 12/31/2024)
- Commissioner Kelsey Perdue (Term Ends: 12/31/2023)
- Stephanie Johnson (Term Ends: 12/31/2025)
- Tamara Sytsma (Term Ends: 12/31/2023)
- Lynn Happel (Term Ends: 12/31/2024)
- Vacancy (Term Ends: 12/31/2025)
Documents and Links
Uptown Grand Rapids, Inc. (UGRI)
UGRI assists the Uptown CIA in the implementation of the Tax Increment Financing and Development Plans. Learn More
Business Association Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
The MOU executed between Uptown Grand Rapids, Inc (UGRI) and the four Uptown business districts (East Hills, Eastown, East Fulton, and Wealthy Street) allows the CIA to provide $2,000 in support to each association for fiscal year 2023. Learn More
Well Design has been contracted by the Uptown CIA to create an advertising campaign for Uptown. Learn more.
Cooper People Group
Cooper People Group has been contracted by the Uptown CIA to provide HR services. Learn more.
Hungerford Nichols has been contracted by the Uptown CIA to provide accounting services. Learn more.
The Uptown CIA is included in the City of Grand Rapids Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR).