Learn more about the GFDDA.

The Downtown Development Association was founded by a group of downtown enthusiasts who saw the opportunity to enhance the downtown area. The founding members were Jonathan Holth, Sarah Horak, Jill Proctor, Matt Winjum, Anne Zimmer, Nicole Johnson, Matt Norby, Emily Montgomery, Sadie Gardner, Matt Jacobson, David Thompson, Tim Knight, and Jason Schaefer. Since its inception in 2014, the GFDDA has grown to a full time staff of two, a board of fifteen, and is supported by over 60 partners and members from Greater Grand Forks.

Through DDA’s numerous events and activities that attract visitors to the area and their advocacy for good urbanist principles to grow the downtown area, there have been major investments to the community that provide many opportunities. The DDA has been at the forefront of innovation in the heart of the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks bringing ideas from paper to our streets and activating the underutilized spaces.

Whether you are dancing at concert, shopping at your favorite stores, having dinner at one of our family owned restaurants, or biking on the greenway, you are contributing to the vibrancy of our amazing downtown area.

The mission of the Downtown Development Association is to advocate for, promote, grow and improve THE downtown COMMUNITY.



Our office is located in the heart of downtown, at 23 N 3rd St, Suite 2, Grand Forks, ND 58203

Our regular business hours are:
Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Office Phone: 701-757-4051

Blue Weber
Executive Director

Blue brings years of downtown experience to the DDA including being a co-founder of the event Alley Alive and NewsGame. His knowledge regarding urban planning and his passion for Grand Forks and East Grand Forks are great assets for our community and our partners.

Katie Rehder
Marketing + Event Coordinator

Katie graduated from the University of North Dakota with a BFA in Graphic Design and New Art Media. Experienced in design, marketing, and events, Katie is actively involved in the downtown community and local art scene.

Superdog Intern

Louie isn't just a fluffer, but also a superdog. While saving a dog in the back alley, his super nemesis, diabetes, splashed him in the eyes with acid and left Louie blind. He underwent a superdog change and now has a super sniffer, and can find crumbs better than anyone else. Louie's only weaknesses are good pets, belly rubs, and bumping into mysterious objects.


Board of Directors

Our board consists of movers, shakers, and members of the community that care about creating a healthy and vibrant Downtown Grand Forks. 


Jill Proctor

Annie Berge
Vice President
Altru Health Systems

Andrew Budke
JLG Architects

Pat Boppre
The Blue Moose Bar & Grill

David C. Thompson
David C. Thompson Law

Margaret Jackson
University of North Dakota

Chris Moen
Alerus Financial

Curtis Regan
Dakota Commercial

Matt Bonzer
Bonzer's Sandwich Pub

Brett Gilbraith
Grand Forks Fence & Deck

Tricia Halvorson-Lunski
HB Sound & Light

Dave Badman
Badman Studio

Carmen Grijalva
Central High School Student

Non-Voting/Honorary Members:

Jonathan Holth
Toasted Frog

Sarah Horak
Brick & Barley, Level 10, O’Really’s Irish Pub

Emily Montgomery
Empire Arts Center

Matt Winjum
Rhombus Guys

Nicole Johnson

Anne Zimmer
Avant Hair & Skin Care Studio

Matt Norby
Norby's Work Perks

Jason Schaefer