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  • Mid-Michigan's Favorite BeerFest Returns

    Recently voted “Best Local Event” by local beer aficionados, Portland Downtown Executive Director Tina ConnerWellman is excited to be part of #BeerOnBridge.

    "I get to work with great promoters and outstanding volunteers. It’s exciting to see the community come together to welcome visitors from everywhere, all enjoying each other’s company in a fun and inviting environment.   I see why it was voted ‘Best Local Event.’ Cheers to great tastes!” said ConnerWellman.

    It’s about the people and, of course, the craft beer, wine, cider, soda and, for the first time, spirits - all provided by fermented and distilled artisans including American Fifth Spirits, Arbor Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, BrickHaven Brewery, ConfluxCity Brewing Company, Cranker’s Brewery, EagleMonk Pub and Brewery, Ellison Brewery, Dark Horse Brewery, Grand Armory Brewing, Lansing Brewing Company, Looking Glass Brewing Company, Leelanau Cellars, Ridge Cider Company, The Sanctuary, Saugatuck Brewing Company, Schmohz Brewery, and Tabor Hill Winery.

    Also featured each year is a new flavor brewed just for this event ~ Portland Strong signature beer.   

    Unique eats are provided by a variety of food trucks and caterers.  Live music always completes the ambiance.  However, it’s about more than the drinks, food and music, according to festival promoter Eric Proctor.

    “The boardwalk, bridge, and park surrounding the river are what separates this festival from other beer festivals out there. At the end of the day, a beer festival is a beer festival. However, Beerfest on the Bridge has one of the most vibrant atmospheres,” said Proctor.

    Portland City Manager Tutt Gorman agrees.

    “Beerfest on the Bridge has become a hallmark event that showcases our historic downtown and local landmarks — the Veterans Memorial Bridge and the boardwalk overlooking the Grand River,” says Gorman. “We are extremely proud of our community and what it has to offer and look forward to showing it off.”

    This festival is held on the historic metal truss bridge that has been in continuous use since 1890. The bridge offers a historic and exciting entrance into downtown Portland.

    The earlier you buy - the more you save!  VIP entry gives an extra 'first hour' (2pm entry) of beer fest and 15 tasting tickets with a logo lasting glass.  General Admission begins at 3pm with logo tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets.  

    Save 1/2 off Day of General Admission  & 40% off VIP early April - Mid May or until this limited batch is sold out
    $20 General Admit   $30 VIP   Online Purchases Only  

    Save 35% Summer Savings  mid-May  -  early July   (or until this limited batch is sold out)
    $25 General Admit    $35 VIP  Online or at Portland Party Store

    Regular Pricing starts in July and ends when sold out or midnight the evening before the event.
    $30 General Admit    $40 VIP

    Any Tickets still Available Day of are sold at the gate only
    $40 General Admit    $50 VIP

    Designated Driver Tickets: $10 
    Non Alcoholic, 6 Tickets for water or craft soda and collectors 16 oz glass.

    For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets, visit beeronbridge.com.

  • 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 President
    Michelle Vanslambrouck – Resident
          Member, Promotions & Marketing

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

    Margery Briggs
          Two Rivers Counseling and Consulting
          Chair, Design Team

  • 2017-2018 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

    Lisa Pung
    Consumers Energy
        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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