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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.

  • Portland Downtown

    IMPROVEMENT  Incentives

  • Each year the Portland Downtown Development Authority budgets for Façade and Sign Improvement Funds to assist property owners with projects including rehabilitation, restoration, window & door repairs, awnings and limited painting & maintenance projects as well as signage.  Regular maintenance or proposed work that compromises the historic integrity of a property is ineligible for funding.  This is an incentive reimbursement award, funded at the discretion of the DDA Board and it’s Design Team.  Applicants are subject to various reviews and all awards are subject to funding availability.

  • Façade Improvement Incentives

    Portland Downtown’s Façade Incentive program has recently been revised. The program is still a voluntary, local funding award to encourage proper treatment of historic properties. It is designed to incentivize projects that follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Eligible properties may receive up to $5,000 toward their project. The program requires a 50/50 match and is paid after work is complete and all contractors are paid in full.

    Portland’s Kent St. area was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Historic designation can raise property value and is an important aspect of a community’s economic development. Proper treatment while restoring an historic property may qualify it for state and federal historic tax credits. As a Nationally Registered Historic District, and fully accredited Main Street Program, we adhere to the basic principal of economic development through historic preservation.

    Application with required information must be submitted on the forms provided, 45-90 days prior to the anticipated project start date.  If facade improvements begin prior to incentive funding approval, an applicant will not be eligible for the reimbursement. Please note that all funded improvements must be permanent and fixed in type and/or nature.  Improvements must meet all City of Portland code requirements including zoning, building, and safety codes. 

    Permits such as building permits, sidewalk obstruction, and others may be required with the City of Portland for your project.  

    Please review the links below if you feel your property is a candidate for this special assistance. 

    We are excited to offer this program and encourage you to Contact Us with any questions, or for any assistance on your project. 

  • Sign Improvement Incentives

    Are available in both the Main Street Program District and the DDA District. This program seeks to bridge the gap in cost between unattractive signage and highly functional, attractive signs that complement and create more attractive DDA & Main Street business districts. It is important to note that sign ordinances differ in Portland’s historic Main Street District in order to preserve historic character. Please review sign ordinances carefully prior to applying. The intent of the program is to support creative, three-dimensional signage. Replacement signs of similar construction and quality, or duplications of existing signs with minimal changes, may not qualify for the incentive.

    Applicants must also apply for a sign permit with the City of Portland.

    The Sign Incentive Program will provide matching funds of up to 50% of the total cost of an approved sign, with a maximum of $1,000 per applicant. Sign incentive awards must be approved by the Design Team prior to sign purchase or installation.

    Please review the links below if you feel your business is a candidate for a sign incentive. 

    We are excited to offer this program and encourage you to Contact Us with any questions, or for any assistance on your sign project. 

  • State of MI and Federal Incentives

    Through our partnerships with Michigan Main Street Program and Redevelopment Ready Communities, we are always able to stay on top of current and new funding opportunities, how they apply to you, and how you can access the best resources. Matching grants, blight elimination, crowdfunding, building acquisition and RENTAL REHABILITATION are some of the programs we can connect you to in order to leverage available financing. Certain projects with greater historic significance that follow the Secretary of Interior’s Standards may be eligible for state and federal tax credits. These are all programs designed to create vibrant communities and enhance sense of place while retaining the feel of traditional downtowns.

    Please Contact Us for your proposed project or with any questions. 

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