Downtown’s Goals
  • Create the physical layout and amenities, and sustaining resources that demonstrate Charlevoix’s commitment to year-round walkability and access to resources in the downtown.
  • Develop a sustainable downtown that provides year-round economic opportunities to the greater Charlevoix community.
  • Establish the foundation for a year-round economy by identifying opportunities to add year-round housing units to the downtown and establishing resources to encourage private investment.
  • Bring businesses together to cooperate and coordinate resources to market downtown.
Highlights from 2020:   
  • Coordinated a cooperative advertising campaign to increase brand awareness and highlight business owners to target consumers in the region with over 6.4 million impressions thus far. 
  • Junior Main Street created the Pine River Hammock Park to encourage passive recreation and partnered with the library to lend hammocks for use at the park.
  • Awarded over $70,000 in grants to 17 small businesses to assist with the economic impacts and losses related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lindsey Dotson

Executive Director

lindseyd@charlevoixmi.gov

    Lindsey Dotson is the Main Street DDA Director for the City of Charlevoix. She has a Masters in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and obtained her bachelors at Grand Valley State University. Lindsey is a certified Main Street America Revitalization Professional and prior to arriving in Charlevoix in 2016, she had worked in two other Michigan Main Street communities totaling over 8 years of experience in downtown management. Lindsey has a passion for downtown walkability/accessibility, public engagement, and the historic built environment. She volunteers as a member of the Charlevoix Historical Society Board and serves as the Buildings and Grounds chair. She also is the staff liaison for the City of Charlevoix's Historic District Commission and oversees operation of The Vault Co-Working Space. She loves living "up north" with her husband and their toddler son. Hobbies include enjoying the outdoors and doing hands-on restoration work with historic masonry and wood windows.

    Maureen Owens

    Chair

    maureen-owens@hotmail.com

      More info coming soon! 

      Richard Christner

      Vice Chair

      christner.richard@gmail.com

        Richard Christner is VP Commercial Loan Office at Charlevoix State Bank. He was named Young Professional of the Year in 2020 by the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Main Street DDA Board since April of 2017.

        How long have you lived or worked in Charlevoix? I have lived in the area my entire life and worked in Charlevoix for more than 13 years. 

        Why did you decide to serve on the City of Charlevoix Downtown Development Authority? So I can complain when I don’t like something ;). You know the saying: “before you complain… have you volunteered yet???” To be clear that is a joke—at least the part about it being why I serve on the DDA; anyone who knows me knows that I like to keep things light and appreciate humor. One of the reasons I serve on the DDA is because of the things that we love about Charlevoix which I mentioned in the answer to the previous question. Complacency in anything can lead to decline so I want to do my part in keeping what we have in Charlevoix and creating more of what we love.

        What is the best part of being on the DDA? Being able to contribute my skill set to helping shape our future

        What are some Downtown Projects that you are excited about? I am excited to explore if there are ways the DDA can be involved in a solution to some of our housing challenges

        Luther Kurtz

        Mayor, City of Charlevoix

        lutherk@charlevoixmi.gov

          How long have you lived or worked in Charlevoix? 
          I first moved to Charlevoix when I was three years old and I have lived here on and off until I moved home permanently in 2014. 

          What does Downtown Charlevoix mean to you?
          The downtown is the place where the entire community gathers to connect with each other, shop, dine, and enjoy themselves.

          Why did you decide to serve on the City of Charlevoix Downtown Development Authority?
          To help promote and build our downtown into an inviting, walkable and comfortable place for locals and visitors to connect, shop, dine, enjoy the marina, learn about Charlevoix arts and history, and generally enjoy themselves.

          What is the best part of being on the DDA?
          It's a good group to work with.

          What are some Downtown Projects that you are excited about?
          The sustainable built initiative for the alley corridor and the walkability study for bridge street, and, in the more distant future, heated sidewalks to make our downtown a more year-round destination.

          What is your favorite Downtown Event?
          A lot of the downtown events are great, but I like the City Band and the Thursday nights with the buskers.

          What restaurant are you going to next?
          I love all of our downtown restaurants and we should all continue to make an extra effort to support them over the next several months.

          What is your favorite Winter activity in Charlevoix?
          Walking the candle light walk on Friday nights with my wife Mary and my son Landon. Thanks again to the rec department for starting this.

          If you had one piece of advice to give to those considering volunteering, what would it be?
          Reach out to Lindsey Dotson to join us on a main street committee or reach out to our clerk Joyce Golding to find out what other boards or committees you might be able to serve on in the City. We appreciate your service.

          Kirby Dipert

          Board Member

          ragmerchant@charter.net

            More info coming soon! 

            Amanda Wilkin

            Board Member

            amanda@visitcharlevoix.com

            Amanda Wilkin is the Executive Director of Visit Charlevoix, the local Convention and Visitors Bureau. Amanda was named Young Professional of the Year by the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce in 2021 and has been involved as a Main Street DDA Board Member since May of 2018.

            How long have you lived or worked in Charlevoix? Moved here in Dec of 2008. I've been working at Visit Charlevoix for 10(!) years!

            What does Downtown Charlevoix mean to you? Downtown Charlevoix is where the magic of our community culminates. It is where people get together to shop, dine, attend events, boat watch, people watch, bridge watch, etc.

            Why did you decide to serve on the City of Charlevoix Downtown Development Authority? It is important for me to give perspective from the transient visitor. Our economy is heavily tourism based and lending my visitor centric experience while balancing the needs of the local population is what I strive for on the board level.

            What is the best part of being on the DDA? Knowing that what we do on the makes a difference toward progressing our community. And the comradery between board members is fun too!

            What are some Downtown Projects that you are excited about? I am looking forward to the feasibility plan for the alleyway and back parking lot reimagining. I also look forward to hopefully enhancing our winter destination product.

            Paul Silva

            Board Member

            paul@spmliving.com

              More info coming soon!

              Sam Bingham

              Board Member

              SBingham@binghaminsurance.net

                More info coming soon!

                Sean Bradley

                Board Member

                seanbcharlevoix@gmail.com

                  More info coming soon!

                  Ron Way

                  Board Member

                  waystoneycroft@msn.com

                    More info coming soon! 

                    Liam Dreyer

                    Non-Voting Student Board Member

                    liamdreyer@hotmail.com

                      How long have you lived or worked in Charlevoix? 
                      I’ve been a proud Michigander and Charlevoix resident my entire life. 

                      What does Downtown Charlevoix mean to you?
                      Downtown Charlevoix is the heart of our city. The place where friends, neighbors, and family come to eat food, shop goods, and make memories. It embodies Charlevoix’s positive culture, local entrepreneurship, involved citizens, and an ever-growing community.

                      Why did you decide to serve on the City of Charlevoix Downtown Development Authority?
                      I took the opportunity to serve on Charlevoix’s DDA to represent my high school peers and bring the youth voice to community discussions. More opinions means better decisions; through student engagement, cities can be assured their ideas are gaged and designed for all age groups.

                      What is the best part of being on the DDA?
                      One of the best parts about being on Charlevoix’s DDA is working directly with successful entrepreneurs to better the community we all love. I’m able to learn a great deal about communication, business, and the bedrock principles of government our country was founded upon.

                      What are some downtown projects you are excited about?
                      Although blunted by a pandemic, Junior Main Street is one of Charlevoix’s unique programs that has done miles of work so far and plans to develop more projects to better our community. I’m excited to see the next steps with this collaboration between the local high school and Charlevoix’s DDA.

                      What is your favorite downtown event?
                      A tough choice, but my favorite downtown event would have to be Venetian Festival. I have many good memories associated with Venetian (petting llamas, riding the Ferris wheel, eating elephant ears) – not to mention the immense surge in business for all downtown stores.

                      What restaurant are you going to next?
                      I can’t wait to have another delicious stack of hotcakes at the Harbor View Cafe.

                      What is your favorite winter activity in Charlevoix?
                      I like to go skiing at our local and community-loved hill: Mt. McSauba.

                      If you had one piece of advice to give to those considering volunteering, what would it be?
                      Volunteering your time to improve your city is one of the most impactful ways you can positively affect your community. Your city wants your help, don’t be afraid to take the initiative.