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Volunteers are the heart of our organization: they serve on committees and boards, support key events and promote the business districts. If you have skills to share, we want to hear from you!

Uptown has three boards and three committees.


Uptown Grand Rapids Inc. 
Corridor Improvement Authority 
Business Improvement District


Business Development

Neighborhood Associations

East Hills
Fulton Heights

Celebrating our Volunteers

This year, we were pleased to honor Matt Franko, co-owner of Furniture City Creamery in East Hills and Commercial Real Estate Advisor at M Retail Solutions.

“Matt’s commitment to Uptown is evidenced by all of the time, energy and passion he puts into his many committees! We’re lucky to have someone as knowledgeable at Matt and he deserves to be the volunteer of the year.”

– Arielle Leipham Ellis

“Matt serves on multiple boards and committees and is a good representation of what Uptown is all about. He owns businesses and buildings, and shares his passion for equity and fairness with all who meet him. Matt is dedicated to making Uptown and its surrounding communities thrive.”

– Peter Jacob

Celebrating Volunteers - Matt Franko
People Volunteering in Uptown

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