About the Middleville DDA

DDA Board of Directors

About the Director

Katherine Schmidt

Katherine is a life-long Michigander who is passionate about community service, economic development, and historic preservation. Before joining My Middleville DDA, Katherine worked as a Communications Director for two non-profits that focused on engaged citizenship and community education. She was also active as an elected official in her hometown of Potterville and owned a small business in Grand Ledge, where she was involved with business development groups, community event planning, and historic preservation and education. Katherine earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Thomas Edison State University, where she graduated with honors in 2009. She remains involved in community service as an active board member with several nonprofits that focus on local charity, environmental stewardship, women’s leadership, and good governance.


The Middleville Downtown Development Authority, in collaboration with local, public, and private entities, strives to take meaningful action to ensure maximum economic growth and development, historic preservation & revitalization, and to serve the community through a wide range of resources and grant opportunities.

Meeting Schedule

The DDA Board meets regularly on the third Tuesday of each month, at 6:00pm at Village Council Chambers (100 E. Main Street, Middleville)

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About the Village

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Middleville is the “Crossroads to the Future”. Those citizens serving on the Village Council, the Planning Commission, and Downtown Development Authority share a common vision and set of values. This vision and the values include:

  1. Making Downtown once again healthy – a place to shop, work, play and live, as shown by the Market on Main and Riverbank Music Series.
  2. Elimination of blight and physical decline; have you noticed the flowers and landscape changes in the Downtown area?
  3. Enhancing and beautifying public spaces in Downtown, evidenced by Stagecoach and Sesquicentennial Parks.
  4. Assuring reasonable parking service to Downtown business has been demonstrated by the St. James Circle parking area behind the Village Hall.
  5. Creating outdoor gathering places for regular and special activities, enjoyed by Middleville residents and visitors during many events in the summer and winter
  6. Implementing vintage lighting and signage throughout Downtown, the Gazebo and park.

If you want to be part of this exciting future planning for the Village of Middleville, there are opportunities to serve on Commissions and Boards. 

Please contact the Village Office at (269) 795-3385 for more information or click HERE

About the Township

Thornapple Township LogoWe believe that good government has its roots in the people, so our goal is to help and serve.

Our township is located in the northwest corner of Barry County, 20 miles south of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a town once called Thornapple, but now called Middleville. Thornapple Township is 36 square miles and we were given our name from the Thornapple River, which is a tributary of the Grand River and flows perfectly south to north through the heart of our township. Although our township is rural in nature, both our township and the Village of Middleville are home to more than 8,000 people. The “Scales Prairie” area west of the village features some of the most productive farmland in the county. In addition, Barry County’s largest employer, Bradford White Corporation, is located in Middleville.

Thornapple Township is governed by a seven-member Board that meets the second Monday of each month.

For more information, call (269) 795-7202 or click HERE

About the School District

Thornapple Kellogg Schools is located primarily in northwestern Barry County and southern Kent County. We are home to the Thornapple River, acres of state land, and numerous inland lakes. The community offers a quiet, rural place to call home with convenient access to the Greater Grand Rapids Metropolitan area. A great place to call home.

An Early Childhood center, three elementaries, one middle school and one high school provide approximately 3,200 students a safe and welcoming environment in which to grow and learn. Our staff is dedicated to setting the highest standards and helping all students realize their individual potential. Thornapple Kellogg School District is well known for educational excellence, with strong parent and community support.

For more information on TK Schools, please call (269) 795-3313 or click HERE

Key Demographics for the Village of Middleville

Population: 3,319
Number of Companies: 291
HS Graduation Rates: 94.4%
Housing Units: 1,265
Median Household Income: $50,714
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
Veteran Population: 167

*all data retrieved from census.gov. For more information, please visit: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/cf/1.0/en/place/Middleville village, Michigan/ALL