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
Roger Rosebush  (R & D Holdings) – Chairman
Charles “Pete”  Campbell (Labrenz Pharmacy) – Vice Chairman
Judy Hansford  (Bay Sporting Art) – Secretary   
William Hydorn  (Hydorn Carpets)
Robert Jaenicke  (American Gourmet of Snacks)
Kristyn Sherman (DAP Learning Academy, LLC)
Tom Jacobs (State Farm Insurance)
Nick Long (Fusion Medical)
Russ Tanner – City Council Liaison
Dan Hansford – City Manager


December 31, 2021
December 31, 2020
December 31, 2018
December 31, 2019
December 31, 2018
December 31, 2019
December 31, 2020
December 31, 2021
Annual Mayoral Appointment
Permanent Appointment (Essexville City Code)