Our Initiatives

Economic Development

LISC has developed an inclusive economic development framework that expands the ability of people, places, and businesses to contribute to equitable prosperity, so that all are able to thrive. Our work creates accessible opportunities for people to find jobs that increase their income and assets, and at the same time, it grows businesses and rebuilds neighborhood economies through integrated strategies that develop talentdistricts and businesses.

How we do it

LISC draws on our local roots, national breadth, strong partnerships, and a comprehensive set of products and services to pursue inclusive economic development across the following areas.

  • Talent: We invest in building financial savvy and foundational employment skills through our talent development initiatives, including our long-running and data-driven Financial Opportunity Centers.
  • District: We drive legacy commercial and industrial district revival by supporting their restructuring and attraction of businesses with family-sustaining wages in disinvested communities, including investments in infrastructure and the built environment. 
  • Business: We provide resources, financing, and support networks for businesses that will create jobs and have a positive, long-term impact on underserved communities. We accomplish this through our growing suite of commercial and real estate loan products, as well as our partnerships with LISC's business investment affiliates and other lending organizations.

Strategies across talent, district, and business development are enhanced by creative placemaking, which leverages communities' inherent cultural assets to encourage a range of inclusive revitalization activities, and anchor institution engagement.

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For any inquiries, please email our team and we will be in touch.