For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release                Contact: David Allen
March 17, 2015                    616-719-7500 Cell /

We are excited to let you know that David Allen will be kicking off his campaign for Grand Rapids 3rd Ward City Commission with a Press Conference located on the front steps of 1153 Madison Ave SE.

Since moving from the Chicago area into Grand Rapids 3rd Ward in 1993, the southeast side of Grand Rapids has become an integral part of David Allen and his family’s life.  Grand Rapids’ 3rd Ward is where David and Donna raised their children, sent them to school, where their children have bought homes and are raising their children, and where the Allen’s have worked, worshipped, and shopped.

David Allen and his family have dedicated their lives to helping make southeast Grand Rapids a better place to live.  Donna has worked for Grand Rapids Public Schools for the past 13 years.  Both of the Allen’s adult children and their grandchildren work and live in Grand Rapids.

Since 1993 Allen has founded several non-profit organizations that have had a tremendous impact on the 3rd Ward and Grand Rapids as a whole; Oakdale Neighbors, City Vision, and Lighthouse Communities (now LINC).  David Allen served on the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education for 7 years, 2 of them as President.

He now lives out his passion for Grand Rapids as the Executive Director of the Kent County Land Bank Authority where in the past 3 years he has worked diligently on the preservation of neighborhoods and property values by facilitation the acquisition, sale, and redevelopment of over 350 blighted properties in Grand Rapids.

During his tenure as Executive Director of Lighthouse Communities and the Kent County Land Bank Authority David Allen has overseen the redevelopment of approximately 850 properties resulting in $53,419,615 in development.

Please join us on Thursday March 19th at 5 PM on the front steps of 1153 Madison Ave SE to not only hear David Allen announce his candidacy but also lay out his campaign platform.

The Committee to Elect David C Allen – 1153 Madison Ave SE