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Small Business Economic Development

Economic development and small business are the drivers of the economy by creating jobs, providing goods and services, and facilitating commerce. Harnessing the economic opportunities for low-income individuals involves the availability of capital and resources to support firms that will provide goods and services and hire workers; physical and strategic connection of low-income communities to regional economic activity; and wealth creation to support commerce and community building.

Community Development 

  • Community Development activities build stronger and more resilient communities. To support community development, activities are identified through an ongoing process. 

  • Activities may address needs such as infrastructure, economic development projects, public facilities installation, community centers, housing rehabilitation, public services, clearance/acquisition, microenterprise assistance, code enforcement, homeowner assistance

 What is Community Development?

  • Definition: Community development is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, equality, economic opportunity and social justice, through the organization, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings.




For Homes

Buy, build, repair or refinance your home

Build or manage multi-family homes

Find an apartment for rent in your area

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For Businesses

Start or grow your business or cooperative

Reduce your business’s climate impact

Help businesses start and grow

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For Communities

Develop a Community Economic Plan

Expand/improve community facilities & services

Build out or upgrade water treatment facilities

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