Uptown Corridor Improvement Authority

Request for Proposals

The Uptown Corridor Improvement Authority is requesting proposals for an Advertising Campaign. Interested parties should send their submissions by 5 pm on June 10, 2022.

Uptown-Adv.-Campaign-RFPv03.pdf(PDF, 163KB)


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)


Design Committee

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.

Marketing Committee

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.


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)
  • Peter Jacob, Vice-Chair (Term Ends: 12/31/2024)
  • Joana Hively, Secretary (Term Ends: 12/31/2024)
  • Matthew Smith (Term Ends: 12/31/2023)
  • Commissioner Nathaniel Moody (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

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

Benjamin Henson - Project Coordinator

Benjamin Henson provides project support to the Uptown CIA and its four business associations (Eastown, Wealthy Street, East Hills, and East Fulton). Learn More


The Uptown CIA is included in the City of Grand Rapids Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR).


Ingrid Miller

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