To meet the unique needs of neighborhood commercial districts in the Bay Area, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) provides a range of support to low and moderate-income neighborhoods. Our approach is to build the capacity of communities, merchant groups, and community-based organizations to strengthen the physical, social, and economic character of the neighborhood.
- Community planning
- Hands-on implementation assistance
- Grant funding (invitation only)
- Analysis of market data
- Regular trainings and peer networks
- Outcome tracking
- Business attraction
- Grocery store attraction and development
- Community Benefits Districts
- LISC AmeriCorps program
Richmond: DOWNTOWN MACDONALD AVENUE CORRIDOR: Richmond Main Street Initiative
Oakland: FRUITVALE: Fruitvale Commercial District
SAN FRANCISCO: Neighborhood Marketplace Initiative (SFNMI):
SFNMI is a unique public-private partnership between the Mayor's Office and LISC. Together, we provide coordinated resources, training and technical assistance to help community leaders, merchants and neighborhood organizations plan and implement comprehensive commercial district revitalization efforts and leverage additional resources from several city departments and private funders. Programs include:
- BAYVIEW HUNTERS POINT: Third Street Corridor Project
- EXCELSIOR: Excelsior Act Group
- OMI: Ocean Avenue Revitalization Collaborative
- PORTOLA: Portola Neighborhood Steering Committee
- TENDERLOIN: Tenderloin Economic Development Project
- VISITACION VALLEY: Visitacion Valley Business Outreach & Opportunities for Merchants
Neighborhood outcomes are measured and tracked through observation, surveys, and economic analysis, yielding consistent successes over the life of each program.
- Increased economic viability of business district. Existing neighborhood-serving businesses grow and stay in the district and the businesses mix meets the needs of the community and creates jobs particularly for residents.
- Greater public and private investment improves the physical and business environment (properties and streetscape).
- Activities in the business district contribute to an enhanced quality of life for neighborhood residents and merchants by improving safety and cleanliness, and strengthening the sense of community.
- Improvements benefit existing residents and merchants by providing them access to affordable goods and services, employment, and cultural gathering places.
- Neighborhood residents', merchants', and community groups' leadership and activities contribute to increased civic participation in the neighborhood.
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