Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone

The Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) creates a clean, safe, and vibrant Downtown through services provided to property owners, businesses, residents and employees. The BIZ works in collaboration with the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The team is dedicated to enhancing the overall appeal of the Downtown Detroit Central Business District. BIZ services include hospitality, cleaning, a robust lighting program, safety, parks maintenance, urban planning and business outreach and engagement that benefits Downtown patrons, visitors and stakeholders.

The Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) is celebrating 10 years of service to the Downtown community this year. To mark this milestone, there will be a celebration on Thursday, June 20 in Campus Martius Park. Save the date and keep an eye out for details here

The BIZ is led by a volunteer Board of Directors who represent the community of dedicated property owners. The BIZ Board contracts with the Downtown Detroit Partnership to manage its day-to-day operations.

The BIZ Board of Directors is a public body that complies with Michigan’s BIZ law, 1961 PA 120, MCL 125.990 to 125.990n, as amended, and follows the City of Detroit’s process for BIZ assessment collection. We share the essentials about the BIZ budget, BIZ Plan, and City process for you here.

2024 BIZ Board Meeting Schedule

All Meetings are Open to the Public and Held at 1420 Broadway Street, Suite 101 with a 9:00 a.m. start time.
*Any changes to the time or location will be posted on this page.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2024
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2024

 

[COMPLETED] 2023 BIZ Board Meetings (Open to Public)

*Meeting location was 1420 Broadway Street, Suite 101 Detroit, MI. 

The Downtown Detroit BIZ has made an incredible decade of impact.

What is the BIZ

BIZ Investment at Work!

Fast Facts -- BIZ FY 2022-2023

BIZ District Map

907

Tons of trash removed.

79,256

Pedestrians assisted.

4,526

Instances of graffiti removed.

In support of our commitment to transparency, all official records that relate to the BIZ can be found here.

The Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone is funded completely through a special assessment paid by owners of assessable property within the BIZ boundaries. Defined in The BIZ Plan, assessable properties are exclusively taxable properties. Tax-exempt, . . .

As a matter of policy, the BIZ allocates less than 20% of revenue on administration. More than 80% of the funds collected from property owners go directly to providing services to our stakeholders.

The Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone provides support and resources to Detroit businesses, opportunities to network, as well as in-depth economic and market analysis.

Small businesses are critical to the growth and economic health of a Downtown. The BIZ works to support this community and step in when a need arises. Small Business Spotlights take a snapshot in time . . .

The BIZ Ambassador Team works hard to keep Downtown clean, beautiful and welcoming to all. About 90 percent of the team are Detroit residents whose hard work and pride for their community does not go . . .

BIZ Board of Directors

The BIZ is led by a volunteer Board of Directors who represent the community of dedicated property owners. The BIZ Board contracts with the Downtown Detroit Partnership to manage its day-to-day operations.

Steve Ogden

Chair

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs - Rocket Companies

Steve Ogden is Senior Vice President, Government Affairs at Rocket Companies. Ogden leads a team of people focused on strategy development, policy creation and engagement for the organization. Prior to his current role, Ogden played a significant role, leading initiatives throughout the family of companies, specifically as a Director of Corporate & Government Affairs at Rock Ventures and as the Director of Real Estate Development for Bedrock Real Estate Services (Bedrock).

Debra Homic Hoge

Vice Chair

Global Director, Real Estate - General Motors

Debra Homic Hoge is the global director of real estate at GM and is responsible for the acquisition, disposition and redevelopment of corporate real estate throughout the world. GM's portfolio consists of over 335 million square feet. She maintains a State of Michigan Brokers License, and has also received a Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) designation from CoreNet, a global real estate consortium where she now serves on the Global Board of Directors.

Michael D. McLauchlan

Secretary

Vice President Government Relations - Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

Mike McLauchlan is the Vice President of Government Relations and joined Ilitch Holdings, Inc. in 2008. McLauchlan has spent more than 26 years building strong relationships at all levels of the community. Previously, he was senior vice president and manager of government relations for Comerica Incorporated. There he was responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of Comeric's local, state and federal government relations activities.

Richard Hosey

Executive Committee Member

Owner - Hosey Development LLC

Richard J. Hosey III's real estate experience entails development, consulting, financing and asset management of more than 80 projects totaling over $2.75 billion in development costs. Hosey Development is currently developing a 25-unit market rate multifamily loft development in Midtown Detroit in the former Tushiyah United Hebrew School and co-developing 1212 Griswold, 1145 Griswold and 1249 Griswold into 240 units of market rate loft apartments and 80,000 square feet of office and commercial space in Downtown Detroit.

George Barnes

Executive Committee Member

Founder - Heritage Optical Center

Active in the Detroit community since 1975, George P. Barnes, Jr. is the founder of Heritage Optical Center, Inc. and Heritage Vision Plans, Inc. (HVP). Heritage Optical Center, Inc. is Michigan's first African-American-owned and operated full service optical dispensary and today comprises three Detroit retail locations. HVP is a full-service vision benefit plan management company which manages and administers vision programs for a range of national public and private clients utilizing the HVP national provider network.

Charles Beckham

Group Executive for Neighborhoods (Retired) - City of Detroit

Charles Beckham served as the Group Executive for Neighborhoods, where he oversaw the Detroit’s Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department and the Department of Neighborhoods. Having served at an executive level over five administrations over the last 40+ years, Beckham has also runs his own management consulting firm, held numerous engineering management positions at General Motors Company and co-founded and served as Executive Director of the African American Association of Businesses Contractors.

David Di Rita

Principal - The Roxbury Group

David Di Rita serves as the principal at the Roxbury Group. Di Rita is actively involved in real estate development projects as well as its advisory work with corporate, governmental and nonprofit clients. The Roxbury Group has advanced numerous development projects in greater Downtown Detroit, including the Auburn, the David Whitney Building, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Activity Center, and the Griswold.

Linda Forte

Retired - Comerica Bank

Linda D. Forte served as the senior vice president of Business Affairs and chief diversity officer for Comerica Bank. She was responsible for defining and driving business strategies that establish Comerica as a leader in diversity and work life practices and has achieved national recognition for the bank’s diversity efforts. Forte also was responsible for the Comerica Charitable Foundation, Corporate Contributions and Civic Affairs, overseeing corporate giving and community involvement programs.

Regina Gaines

Owner - House of Pure Vin

President and Owner - House of Pure Vin Regina Gaines is a native Metro Detroiter with a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. Regina is the President and Owner of House of Pure Vin. The business is located in the heart of Downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue. Regina specializes in extensive marketing and brand expertise and strives to support and advocate for businesses.

Rainy Hamilton

President - Hamilton Anderson Associates

Rainy Hamilton, Jr. is a native Detroiter and graduate of the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Architecture. Rainy has a comprehensive understanding of the design industry and has built a national practice that has created award winning designs in the areas of entertainment/hospitality, higher education, residential and recreational facilities. He has a keen ability to quickly develop design solutions, organize and solve complex issues and craft solutions that are environmentally responsible and financially feasible.

Kenneth L. Hayward

Executive Committee Member

Vice President; Special Assistant to the President - Community Relations - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Ken Hayward joined the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan team in January 2021 and is responsible for leading and directing the company’s social mission and community affairs functions. Prior to joining Blue Cross, Ken spent over 35 years representing the iconic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, as executive vice president and managing director.

Christos Moisides

400 Monroe Associates

Christos Moisides is a Detroit based real estate developer, restaurateur and entrepreneur. As an executive member in the family owned Detroit development and management company, 400 Monroe Associates, Christos oversees the real estate holdings and management of nearly 3 million square feet of commercial, mixed-use, hospitality and industrial property. With a family company that has been real estate developers in Detroit for over 40 years, Christos utilizes his relationships in the private and public sector to manage all his projects especially with local, state and federal incentives. Christos was also an accomplished Cinematographer for over 20 years and has used his keen eye and artistic sensibility towards all of his developments. Christos is a board member of the Wayne County Sheriff Youth; Senior Education Fund as well as a Mayoral appointee on the Detroit Entertainment Commission.

Athina Papas

Ownership - Greektown Neighborhood Partnership

Athina Papas is an Executive at the Atheneum Suite Hotel and Chair and President of the Greektown Neighborhood Partnership, Greektown’s community and economic development nonprofit organization. With longstanding roots in Downtown, her family’s legacy has helped shape our Central Business District through real estate development and management, hospitality, and small business. Papas also serves on the Boards of the Wayne County Airport Authority and Hellenic Museum of Michigan.

Dwight Phillips

Attorney - Phifer, Phillips & White

A native Detroiter, Dwight W. Phillips was a practicing attorney and shareholder in the law firm of Phifer, Phillips & White, P.C. The firm has been located in Downtown Detroit since its inception in 1981. Phillips was also the managing partner of Annis Historic Properties, P. C, which purchased and developed the L.B. King Building in 1986.

Tony Tomczak

Treasurer

Vice President of Electric Sales & Marketing - DTE Energy

Tony Tomczak is Vice President of Electric Sales & Marketing for DTE Energy. Tomczak is responsible for developing and executing marketing and sales growth value add programs including Major Accounts, Community Lighting and Joint Use Businesses. Economic Development and business attraction is a vital and important responsibility of Tomczak’s role along with promoting and supporting customers in the transition to Electric Vehicles and Electrification.

Community Partners

Property Owners

The BIZ represents 581 properties and individuals, who own a building or property, ranging from commercial to residential.

Businesses

The BIZ works directly with Downtown business owners to provide resources, information, and services to support their company.

Downtown Workers

With over 75,000 employees in Downtown, the BIZ manages the day-to-day appearance of the urban core.

Residents

The Downtown neighborhood continues to grow, with over 6,900 residents. The BIZ gives residents a clean, safe, and vibrant Downtown.

Visitors

Events Downtown are flourishing and are expanding. The BIZ keeps the Downtown inviting to visitors from around the globe.

News & Insights

Recent BIZ News

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Cabbon Winston, 2023 BIZ Ambassador of the Year

February 28, 2024

Cabbon Winston, 2023 BIZ Ambassador of the Year

Meet 2023’s Downtown Detroit BIZ Ambassador of the Year, Cabbon Winston https://youtu.be/TOT9WTcNwWY

Ms. Carol Givens, BIZ Ambassador Dispatcher

November 16, 2023

Ms. Carol Givens, BIZ Ambassador Dispatcher

Ms. Carol is a lifelong Detroiter and her passion for her city and community is as evident as her smile. She works diligently to ensure the entire BIZ Ambassador team . . .

Darrell Pasco, BIZ Safety Ambassador

July 31, 2023

Darrell Pasco, BIZ Safety Ambassador

Darrell has been an Ambassador for several years, most recently a Safety Ambassador. He feels a sense on duty and responsibility to keep his community clean, safe, and welcoming to . . .

Tina Bowden, BIZ Ambassador Supervisor

May 19, 2023

Tina Bowden, BIZ Ambassador Supervisor

Tina Bowden joined the BIZ Ambassador Team as a dispatcher back in 2015. It was a chance to do something unique while giving back to her community. Hear from Tina . . .

Meet Cabbon Winston, Downtown Detroit BIZ Ambassador

December 20, 2022

Meet Cabbon Winston, Downtown Detroit BIZ Ambassador

Cabbon Winston was born and raised in Detroit and counts it a privilege to keep his city welcoming to everyone. Mr. Winston’s role at the Downtown Detroit BIZ has evolved . . .

The Team Behind Keeping Our Downtown Clean

September 29, 2022

The Team Behind Keeping Our Downtown Clean

By Anjana Schroeder, Director of Marketing Jerome Robertson and Delvon Carter share a special bond. Their teammates have a nick name for them — “Dream Team” — and the work . . .

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Additional Information

The BIZ is guided by rules set out in a BIZ Plan and governed by a Board of Directors. On April 15, 2014, property owners approved the Downtown BIZ Plan, which establishes a formula for BIZ assessment calculations, rules for governing the election of Board members, and the scope of projects the BIZ will undertake. BIZ Property Owners approved the BIZ for another 10 years in October 2023. New Zone Plan, beginning April 15, 2024.

The BIZ charges the BIZ Board of Directors, a volunteer group of Downtown leaders, with the responsibility of creating a budget that aligns with the BIZ service delivery goals and needs. The BIZ Plan is valid for ten years.

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