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.
Cory Grimminck – Portland District Library
Chair – Business Enhancement
Michelle Vanslambrouck – Resident
Member, Promotions & Marketing
James E. Barnes – Mayor City of Portland
Chair - Organization & Finance
Kory Blastic – Edward Jones
Member, Business Enhancement
Tom’s Food Center / Tom’s Fuel & Wash
Two Rivers Counseling & Consulting
Chair - Design Team
Coldwell Banker Frewen Realty
Manager – City of Portland
Advisor, Design Team
St Patrick Catholic School
Welcome New Member
Welcome New Member
Kent St Historic Building Owner
Tina ConnerWellman is the Managing 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 mother (Fandel/Werner families) 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.