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Bay Area LISC's Neighborhood Marketplace Initiative (NMI) engages local leadership in planning, implementing and coordinating strategies to revitalize commercial corridors. NMI began in the Fruitvale commercial corridor in Oakland in 1996 and has since made an impact in neighborhoods across the Bay Area, including 24 in San Francisco, thanks to a strong partnership with the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD).
NMI Technical Assistance and Training:
The success of the NMI program was endorsed when San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee launched “Invest in Neighborhoods” (IIN), a programmatic and geographic expansion of NMI. With $1.5 million added to the City budget and a $4 million small business loan fund available, Bay Area LISC is working closely with the City of San Francisco to use the NMI model as a vehicle for broader neighborhood revitalization.
Bay Area LISC in collaboration with nonprofit partners, is also working with the City of Oakland to provide technical assistance to businesses along International Boulevard during the construction of the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The services focuses on helping businesses sustain and improve retail and service operations along the 9-mile corridor before, during and after BRT construction.