The Corridor Improvement Authority of the City of Bridgman (more commonly known as the CIA) was established in 2007 under Public Act 280 of 2005. A CIA allows the use of tax increment financing to make capital improvements within an established commercial district. Corridor Improvement Authorities promote economic development and redevelopment by creating and implementing a development plan.
Pursuant to Bridgman Ordinance 164 of 2007: "An authority shall be under the supervision and control of a Board Trustees (City Council) consisting of the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Bridgman or his or her designee and six (6) members from the Community. Not less than a majority of the members shall be persons having an ownership or business interest in property located in the Development Area. At least one (1) of the members shall be a resident of the Development Area or of an area within 1/2 mile of any part of the Development Area. The Chief Executive Officer or his or her designee shall be appointed annually by the City Council. The rest of the members shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval by the City Council for three-year terms.