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  • Board of Directors

  • The members of Portland Downtown Development Authority Board are people that have a passion for downtown. They have grown up here, created memories here, and love it here. Their dedication stems from their interest in the growth and prosperity of #MiPortland and the community. Our Board aims to ensure that Portland continues to be a place that matters for generations to come.

    Portland DDA Board of Directors oversee the operations of the organization. They are responsible for the development and implementation of projects and programs as well as management of the DDA’s annual budget. Each Board member also serves on one of the DDA’s core Main Street Program committees including; Business Enhancement, Design, Organization & Finance, and Promotions & Marketing. Board members are also volunteers, appointed by the Mayor of the City of Portland and approved by the Portland City Council.

    The board currently meets the third Thursday of each month at City Hall Council Chambers at 259 Kent St. The meetings begin at 3:30pm and are open to the public. To review monthly board minutes, please link here. Changes to the currently scheduled board meetings will be posted 18 hours in advance on this and the City of Portland’s website, as well as at City Hall. 

    To meet the current Portland DDA Board, scroll down. 

  • 2017-2018 Officers

    Cory Grimminck – Portland District Library
          Chair – Business Enhancement

    Vice Chairperson
    Charlsie Abel – Resident
          Member, Promotions & Marketing

    James E. Barnes – Mayor City of Portland
          Chair - Organization & Finance

    Margery Briggs
          Two Rivers Counseling and Consulting
          Chair, Design Team

  • 2019-2020 Board Members

    Tom Antaya
    Tom’s Food Center / Tom’s Fuel & Wash

    Tutt Gorman
    Manager – City of Portland
        Advisor, Design Team

    Leo Madarang
        Madarang Hoort Law Office
        Member, Business Enhancement Team

    Dr. Jason Williamson
        Portland Family Chiropractic
        Member, Organization & Finance Team

  • Staff - Executive Director

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  • Tina ConnerWellman is the Executive Director for Portland Downtown.  A graduate of Spring Arbor University with a Bachelors in Business Administration,  she has equally divided her careers between hospitality consulting, health care administration, and business/ community organization.  She brings with her expertise in strengthening business communities, providing resources and collaborating with local, regional and state organizations.  Tina is also a strong facilitator of programs and activities that offer a positive sense of place for residents, businesses and visitors alike.

    Tina is no stranger to our area, she was born and raised in Ionia County.  Her husband Scott Wellman, and her mothers family have been in Portland for generations and maintain strong family ties here. She loves putting her energy, dedication and experience to work building a stronger, more vibrant MiPortland. 

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