Downtown Development Authority

The City of Essexville formed its Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in September 1988 under the authority of Act 197, Public Acts of 1975. The mission of the DDA is to promote orderly economic growth within the Downtown Development District. The DDA Board members also serve as the City’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

Since its inception the DDA has provided funding for; the reconstruction of Woodside Avenue (which is the City’s principal commercial corridor) and other street projects critical to the City’s commercial transportation, the purchase of several blighted properties for future redevelopment and expansion of existing businesses, the retrofit of a former truck maintenance facility for use as the City’s Department of Public Works Maintenance and Operations Center, the  redevelopment of Smith Park and for critical infrastructure to develop the Essexville Business/Commerce Park.

The DDA sponsors annual events for local children including  “Kid’s Safety Fest” and a Children’s Bike Parade.

Members are appointed to staggered four year terms by the City Manager subject to confirmation by the City Council.

DDA Members


Board Members Term of Appointment Expires
Chairman-Roger Rosebush December 31, 2026
Vice Chairman-William Hydorn December 31, 2023
Member-Zack Deary December 31, 2025
Member-Tyler Cathel December 31, 2024
Member-Tom Jacobs December 31, 2024
Member-Robert Jaenicke December 31, 2025
Member-Kristin Richard December 31, 2023
Member-Nick Long December 31, 2026
Council Liaison-Jennifer Gradowski Mayoral Assignment
Director-Craig Goulet Permanent Assignment