LISC National
Our Work

Economic Development


LISC collaborates with our community partners to make strategic plans and investments that will promote economic growth in neighborhoods where it is needed the most. Our support gives a boost to small business owners, provides enhancements to streetscapes in business districts, and contributes to the execution of larger scale retail projects. By promoting economic development in communities, LISC also helps create employment opportunities and improves residents’ access to goods and services.

Through our National resource network, we can connect partners to our MetroEdge program, which helps city neighborhoods, public officials, and investors understand emerging markets, prepare for development and attract and grow businesses. Our affiliate, the New Markets Support Company, drives investment capital into underserved neighborhoods to spur economic development.

$18.9 million
to commercial revitalization

Since opening in 1998, Buffalo LISC has contributed a total of $18.9 million in financing and resources to commercial revitalization in Buffalo. This investment has leveraged a total of $13.8 million in additional funding. These crucial investments have led to the creation of 355,000 square feet of commercial retail and community space, in addition to renovations of small businesses and streetscape enhacements along existing commercial corridors.

Buffalo Main Streets Initiative

Recently, three Buffalo LISC community partners received funding from the Better Buffalo Fund Main Streets Initiative, which is dedicated to projects that encourage density along transportation corridors and revitalize neighborhood commercial districts.

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