Cultivating Business


The Kingsley DDA serves Kingsley, a rural village in Paradise Township, Grand Traverse County, in the state of Michigan. With a population of around 1,500, Kingsley has an excellent school system, diverse businesses, and a convenient central northern Michigan location; all with that quintessential hometown feel.

This website provides more information about Kingsley with the help of the Kingsley Downtown Development Authority (DDA).


By definition, a downtown development authority (DDA) is a type of tax increment finance (TIF) authority available to a city, village, or township. Typically, a DDA captures the growth in tax revenue within a designated development area for use in financing various public improvements within the designated area.

The DDA District roughly includes the industrial park and business corridor on M-113 as well as Brownson Ave.

Since its founding in 2003, the DDA has accomplished many things as an organization, often in partnership with other local groups: 

•  Actively works to attract new business to town

•  Removed and redirected power poles along M-113 to make the downtown more attractive, charming and safe

•  Led and financed streetscape project on Brownson Avenue, including light fixtures and light poles, roads, curbs and sidewalks

•  Purchased and maintained an ongoing banner program for downtown to help promote local events

•  Participated in turning the KMP building into The Rock of Kingsley Youth Center

•  Instrumental in establishing the Kingsley Industrial Park

•  Took the lead to contact MDOT for approval to start the process of adding the four-way stop to the main intersection, reducing accidents and commute wait times

•  Worked to beautify our downtown with planters, benches and more

•  Purchased and Installed the fly-fishing mural at the main intersection in Kingsley

•  Provided electrical upgrades and improvements to Brownson Park to allow food trucks and other vendors

•  Accelerated our bond payments to pay off debt early and save taxpayer money

•  Hosted a visioning session to lay the groundwork for future Kingsley growth

•  Assisted with improvements to Veteran’s Memorial Park

•  Involved in the purchase and demolition of Kingsley Cooperative buildings

•  Supported securing the site for the new library building 

And more!

Other Municipal Links: 

The DDA hosted two fun-filled, family-friendly events that brought together local businesses, the Kingsley Market, food,
entertainment, classic cars, and more. These July and August gatherings were a huge hit and a great way to celebrate our Village.


"A Night Out In Kingsley"

The DDA will host two fun-filled, family-friendly events will bring together local businesses, the Kingsley Market, food,
entertainment, classic cars, and more. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, July 21 and Wednesday, August 18, 2021.