Akron Doubles Down on Neighborhood Business Investments

Aug 01, 2019

The city is again budgeting more than $600,000 in grants to improve storefront properties in struggling neighborhood business districts.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan launched the Great Streets Initiative last spring. The program, administered by the Office of Integrated Development, provides small business loans of up to $10,000 and matching façade grants, funded with a federal Community Development Block Grant, to spruce up businesses that line the city’s local main streets.

“In the same way that we are investing in a vibrant, walkable Main Street to reinvigorate Akron’s downtown neighborhood, we are equally committed to investing in our ‘mini-downtowns’ so business districts can grow and thrive in neighborhoods across the city,” Horrigan said Monday in a statement announcing a second round of funding.

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