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In 2019, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), through the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit (EDC) and in partnership with the City of Detroit and various lending institutions, created a zero-interest loan program for businesses impacted by construction along the Livernois commercial corridor.

This financial tool provided flexible capital to qualifying small businesses located in the Livernois streetscape improvement area between 8 Mile Rd. and Margareta Ave.

To date, 23 loans have been approved for the Livernois Streetscape Mitigation Loan Fund since the program’s launch in August. When these loans are closed, nearly $415,000 — the cap for this pilot program — will have been provided to small businesses in impacted areas. At this time we will no longer be accepting applications for the loan fund. The DEGC will continue to work with the City Of Detroit and its many partners to identify next steps for the program.

Thank to our funders for financing the loan program:

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • DTE Foundation
  • Skillman Foundation
  • Kresge Foundation

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