Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. appoints new president and CEO

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. appoints new president and CEO
Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. appoints new president and CEO
nGRAND RAPIDS, MI – Tim Kelly is the new president and CEO of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI), which oversees and coordinates development activities in the downtown area. .

Kelly, who had been DGRI’s interim president and CEO, was chosen by the DGRI Board of Advisors on Monday, Feb. 12. He took the interim position after DGRI’s first leader, Kris Larson, resigned to take a similar position in his hometown of Raleigh, NC last year.

“Tim is the right leader for this organization at this time,” said Kayem Dunn, the outgoing DGRI Board chairwoman, in a statement.

“He has been with the organization since its 2013 startup. He led the cultivation of the GR Forward plan and has deep knowledge of the community’s vision for downtown,” Dunn said.

“He also possesses the skills, style and collaborative spirit necessary to continue the implementation of GR Forward and lead the organization in the service of our local city building movement,” Dunn said.

“We’re working to position Grand Rapids at the forefront of America’s Downtown revitalization and city building movement,” said Kelly.

Prior to his arrival in Grand Rapids in 2013, Kelly served as Community Development Analyst for the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, where he worked with private developers and managed the construction of public improvement projects.

The DGRI Board also elected Nikos Monoyios as chair and appointed five new people to serve as members of the board.

Monoyios, a planner at The Rapid transit agency, has served on the DGRI board since 2014 and was appointed vice chair in 2015.

At The Rapid, Monoyios is leading development of the 13-mile Laker Line, a project connecting Grand Valley State University’s main campus in Allendale and its downtown campus.

* Shaun Biel of Spectrum Health and chair of the Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority.

* Eddie Tadlock of SMG and chair of DGRI’s GR Forward Goal 1 Citizen Alliance.

* Monica-Steimle App of Rockford Construction and chair of DGRI’s GR Forward Goal 2 Citizen Alliance.

 * Jorge Gonzalez of Start Garden and chair of DGRI’s GR Forward Goal 4 Citizen Alliance.

Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal and Grand Rapids Whitewater President/CEO Richard Bishop also were appointed to the board of advisors in 2017.

“These appointments reflect recent leadership transition in the community, deepen DGRI’s leadership network and strengthen the role that citizens play guiding DGRI’s work,” Kelly said.

“These appointments also ensure we’re bringing together the creative ideas, expertise, experience and collaboration required to pursue and achieve the community’s vision for Downtown Grand Rapids.”

Kris Larson looks back at downtown Grand Rapids as he prepares to leave

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – During the whole month of February, a common theme is red. However, on Friends for Life Day, Feb. 13, we think pink.

All of downtown Grand Rapids will also be pinking out for February. Businesses downtown, restaurants and hotels are celebrating Experience Pink with specials, discounts and events — including a happy hour party on Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Courtyard by Marriott.

All the pink is in support of Susan G. Komen Michigan, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists.

According to Experience Grand Rapids, Experience Pink has raised more than $40,000 since inception. 

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