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Downtown Development Authority

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The City of Walker is currently seeking to fill a vacant board position to serve on Walker/Standale Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The DDA is responsible for implementing Act 197 of the Public Acts of Michigan which oversees the prevention of deterioration in the downtown district, the encouragement of historic preservation, the creation and implementation of development plans in the downtown district and the promotion of economic growth.  The board also assists in providing local community events and resources for local business owners in the Standale/Walker area. 

The qualifications for this board position are as follows: 

  • Four-year term
  • Requires attendance at monthly meetings
  • To be considered for this board position you must have an interest in Standale by either owning or leasing property or be employed by a legal entity in the district.
  • Members of the board shall serve without compensation, but can be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses.
  • Please see the map of the district

To apply, please submit the following application to Sarah Bydalek, City Clerk
DDA Application

Email: SarahBydalek@ci.walker.mi.us
Mail: 4243 Remembrance Road NW, Walker, MI 49534


The purposes of the Downtown Development Authority are to implement act 197 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1975, as amended, (the "Act") and include, but are not limited to, the correction and prevention of deterioration in the downtown district, the encouragement of historic preservation, the creation and implementation of development plans in the downtown district, and the promotion of economic growth therein.


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Board of Directors

Doug Cramer, Chairman, Michigan Optical
Pat Goodale, Vice Chairman, Goodale Enterprises Oil Products

Thomas Bart, Property Owner

Leonard Adams, Independent Bank

Mark Neal, Apple Ridge Apartments

Jim DeGroot, Riverbend Body Shop

Randy Smith, Builder/Developer

Eric Tuinstra, Peppino's Pizza

Lauren McNees, Wilderness Expression

David Brinza, Goodwill Industries


Darrel Schmalzel, City Manager

City Staff
Amber Kneibel
Frank Wash
Scott Conners
Mark Koning
Cindy Lewis