Our Initiatives


What we do

MetroEdge tailors smart economic development strategies for specific, local places. Our approach identifies assets, inspires potential investors to take a different view of disinvested markets and helps communities take the reins of their economic futures.

We offer guidance and support for organizations that want to revitalize business districts using reliable metrics. We help neighborhoods, public officials and investors understand emerging markets, prepare for development and access the marketplace.

Taking stock of a re-emerging commercial corridor in Philadelphia
Taking stock of a re-emerging commercial corridor in Philadelphia

What we offer

  • Technical assistance to help a spectrum of community stakeholders and investors revive neighborhood commercial districts
  • Market research, using local and national data that highlights investment potential and market readiness
  • Assessments that include on-the-ground surveys and collaboration to help clients develop strategies and action plans to improve commercial areas



Elizabeth Demetriou, Director for Economic Development

Elizabeth DemetriouElizabeth oversees LISC’s economic development initiatives, delivering a comprehensive package of grants, technical assistance and capital. This supports job creation, business expansion and the development of healthy, desirable communities that attract private investment, entrepreneurship and economic growth. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, she has a Masters of Urban Planning and more than a decade’s experience working on economic development, commercial revitalization and workforce development in the non-profit and government sectors. An industrial advocate at heart, Elizabeth is on the board of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance and enjoys sampling locally made coffee, chocolates and spirits made in the communities where she works.