City of Ionia

Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

Welcome to Downtown Ionia! A great place to locate your business.

Meet Our DDA Director

Linda Curtis, Director, Downtown Development AuthorityLinda Curtis is Director of the City of Ionia Downtown Development Authority.

In downtown Ionia you will find a variety of restaurants, shops, and businesses located in a historic setting.  Take a moment to enjoy the picturesque atmosphere and the friendly, personal service our local businesses provide.

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

203 West Main Street
P.O. Box 496
Ionia, Michigan  48846

Phone 616-527-1420
Fax 616-527-0810

About the DDA

City Founding. Ionia was established in 1833, and the development of its downtown commercial district followed shortly after. The growth of the community continued with the establishment of a U.S. Land Office, two railroad lines, and numerous commercial, manufacturing, and agricultural businesses.

Downtown Ionia Today. Downtown Ionia retains much of its historical commercial architecture with many buildings dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Ionia County Courthouse (1886), City Hall (1908), Armory Community Center (1908), Post Office (1912), and Ionia Theatre (1931) all remain in use today.

DDA Establishment. The Ionia DDA was established in 1989 as specified in Public Act 197 of 1975. Funding for projects is directed to improving the downtown district area through economic development, business recruitment and retention, public improvements, downtown beautification, marketing and promotion, and special events.

The mission of the Ionia Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to promote and control economic growth which enhances the quality of life through planning and implementation of activities and projects within the Development District.

Since its establishment, the DDA has been involved with these projects and many more:

  • Acquisition and restoration of the historic Ionia Theatre
  • Development of “the Point” area along South Steele Street
  • Façade improvements and grant programs
  • Improvements to the Ionia Free Fair grandstands
  • Street, sidewalk, and parking lot improvements including the installation of red bricks along Main Street
  • Water and sewer upgrades

DDA Board of Directors

Terms Expiring December 31, 2019

  • Ron Wilson
  • Dan Balice
Terms Expiring December 31, 2020
  • Dave Cook
  • Brett Patterson
Terms Expiring December 31, 2021
  • Paul Lentz
  • Jim Killion
Terms Expiring December 31, 2022
  • Mike Kirgis
  • Tim Hemenway

Documents and Links

Ionia Farmer's Market

Ionia Farmer's MarketCome to the Ionia Farmer's Market and enjoy a great selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, baked goods, flowers, plants, art work, hand crafts, and other items too.

OPEN: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - October 27, 2018

MARKET HOURS: Wednesdays, 2PM - 6PM and Saturdays, 9AM - 1PM

VENDORS: For details, click on the hyperlink 2018 Vendor Application and Regulations. 

LOCATION: The Robert Hoppough Farmers' Market Pavilion at the corner of Adams Street and Steele Street.

DIRECTIONS:  Located in Downtown Ionia at the NE corner of Adams and Steele Streets, one block west of Dexter/M-66 and one block south of Main Street. Ample free parking is available in the adjacent public lot near the Robert Hoppough Farmers' Market Pavilion. 

Wizard of Oz Festival 2018

Wizard of Oz Festival, Downtown IoniaWe're off to see the Wizard! Dorothy & Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion... and Professor Marvel, Miss Gulch, Auntie Em, the enchanting Glinda the Good Witch... all the while watching out for the Wicked Old Witch, a flying monkey or two, a Winkie Guard, an angry apple tree... and perhaps some munchkins, and even the ol' Wizard himself.

When? Friday, June 8, 2018 from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and Saturday June 9, 10:00am to 6:00pm

Where? Ionia Fairgrounds-Floral Building, along the Grand River, in Ionia!

Fee? This is a FREE event to attend! No parking fee. No entrance fee!

What's Happening: Download the Information Brochure and Schedule of Events at the link below.

Watch the Film. The original "Wizard of Oz" film will be shown at 5:30pm in the historic Ionia Theatre located on Main Street, in Downtown Ionia! Cost is just the vintage price of .25 cents per person.

Interesting Tidbits of "The Wizard of Oz":

Author L. Frank Baum penned the famous books of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" beginning in 1900 and wrote a total of 14 books. The "Wizard of Oz" film is based on the story "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". The first version, made as an American silent fantasy film, lasted 13 minutes and debuted March 24, 1910. The cinema screen version was filmed at MGM Studios in Culver City, California and opened in theatres on August 25, 1939. The 75th anniversary of that famous and phenomenal epic film was celebrated in 2014.

"To Oz? To OZ!"
Follow the yellow brick road to the land of Oz! Or, in our case . . . to the Ionia Fairgrounds for the 2018 Ionia-Oz festivities! We hope to see you here... Because, because, because, because, because . . . Because of the wonderful things we'll do! We're off to see the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and other land of Oz characters too!

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City Calendar

City of Ionia City Calendar

114 North Kidd Street  Map
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone 616-527-4170

Fax 616-527-0810

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00a - 4:00p
(Holiday exception)


For local news and information,
tune to WION AM 1430/FM 92.7
or read the Ionia Sentinel-Standard