Ortonville Downtown Development Authority

Who is the DDA and What Do They Do?

The Ortonville DDA was created under the auspices of Michigan Public Act 197 of the Public Acts of 1975 to promote economic growth and development. The DDA is comprised of an active Board of Directors, the Executive Director, Matt Jenkins and numerous committee volunteers. Together they lend a helping hand to prospective and current business owners located within the DDA district.

The Ortonville DDA is made up of volunteers, people from many different backgrounds, dedicated to creating a vibrant downtown within a happy, safe community in which to raise a family.

Visit our website at: www.ortonvilledda.org

View our Bylaws here.

Ortonville DDA Mission

The Ortonville DDA is dedicated to promoting revitalization, supporting local businesses and preserving our heritage in the Village of Ortonville by using the 4-point Main Street Approach. The Main Street approach focuses on the following areas:

The Ortonville DDA helps businesses and the community prosper together by assessing the needs of local businesses, customizing resources to meet those needs through strong partnerships, activities, community involvement, and special promotions. We provide technical expertise, a valuable network of contacts, and an array of benefits through viable partnerships.

The Ortonville DDA has been a success because of the hard work and commitment of its dedicated and supportive volunteers. Opportunities abound for interested business leaders, residents and community supporters. Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of at least five hours per month. They can be involved through four different committees. (Contact Executive Director Matt Jenkins for the calendar of meetings & events.

  • The Organization committee efforts range from Volunteer Development, Communication/Strategic Planning, Fund Raising, and advocacy.
  • The Promotions Committee work on Marketing and PR Strategic Planning, Image Development, Retail and Business Promotions, as well as Special Event Planning. 
  • The Design Committee contributes by recommending public spaces designs, building improvements, design education and technical assistance, and design regulations and enforcement.
  • The Economic Restructuring committee focuses on market research, business assistance, financial assistance, or property development.

The Main Street Program advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and recognition and development of Ortonville’s unique characteristics. What we need the most are people who are willing to share their enthusiasm, talent, and support to promote our community. You don't have to come to a committee meeting every month to be a great help to your community.