The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority (YDDA) is governed by a board of 12 members plus the Mayor of the City of Ypsilanti. The day-to-day work of the YDDA is carried out by its Executive Director and staff. The DDA may use its bonding capacity and tax increment financing to help finance developments that encourage the overall economic vitality of the districts.
The Mission of the YDDA is to undertake district-wide improvements that have a positive economic, physical, aesthetic, and community impact in each of our four districts, including, attracting new businesses, retaining and growing existing businesses, and attracting residents and visitors.
Our Core Values are:
The full powers and authority of a Downtown Development Authority are outlined here
The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority (YDDA) was originally established in March of 1976 with the goal of executing the Washington Promenade Streetscape Project. The YDDA then became inactive by 1979. However there was renewed interest in a YDDA in 1980 that led to the City completing a downtown development study in 1981. This eventually led to the creation of the 1983 Downtown Development TIF district and development plan. The TIF district and development plan have been amended several times since then leading the the 2003 Downtown TIF and development plan.
In 2000, the YDDA district was expanded to include the Water St. District. A Water Street TIF and development plan was established in 2001.
The Depot Town DDA (DTDDA) was established in June of 1984 as part of the stated goals of the City's 1976 master plan. In 1992 a DTDDA TIF and development plan was established and was amended in 2000.
As part of the 2000 amended DTDDA TIF and development plan, the DTDDA district was expanded to include the W. Cross St. District. A Cross Street Neighborhood Improvement Plan was developed in 2002 and a new TIF district established in 2003.
The City of Ypsilanti was one of the few Michigan communities to have two separate DDA's. These two DDA's were governed by separate boards. In June 2009, the Ypsilanti City Council voted to create a single DDA board to govern both DDA's as one organization, the new YDDA. See the approved City Council resolution here.
The Grants Committee is primarily responsible for any YDDA work associated with the physical/built environment and infrastructure and also all business support within the DDA districts. This committee oversees the following responsibilities for the YDDA; infrastructure improvements and maintenance, real estate development, business support, and building improvement support and guidelines.
The Operations & Finance Committee (formerly Governance & Finance) oversees the following responsibilities for the YDDA; long-term planning and finances, board effectiveness, staffing and operations, YDDA communications, promotion of area businesses and events, and community partnerships.
The Promotions Committee is responsible for the YDDA's external communications and relations with area stakeholders. This committee has merged with the Governance & Finance Committee to form the new Operations & Finance Committee.
The YDDA may from time to time create Ad Hoc Committees designed to address specific areas of need or issues. These committees will meet on an as needed basis and exist for a set period of time.
We currently have no Ad Hoc Committees.