Welcome to the Village of Ravenna Downtown Development Authority
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.
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.
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:
- Developing a Downtown Market Study of Ravenna which includes downtown market stategies, retail and commercial analysis, residential analysis, and economic analysis
- 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.
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.
The DDA Meets on the 3rd Monday of January, March, June, and September
|Member's Name||Position||Business Name||Phone|
|Kathy Bensinger||Council||Village President||(231-670-1549)|
|Phil Annis||Chair||Phil Annis Insurance Agency||(231)853-2828|
|Steve Patterson||Member||Village of Ravenna DPW||(231)855-1507|
|Bill Funk||Secretary||Throop Funeral Home||(231)853-6511|
|Ralph Rogers||Member||Rogers Printing||(231)853-6839|
|Steve VanderWoude||Member||Pastor of First Reformed Church||(231)853-6621|