Economic Development Loan Program

The Economic Development Loan Program provides gap financing in the form of loans to businesses when private financial institutions won't cover the entire amount needed for the project.

Funding comes from the Federal Community Development Block Grant program and is only available in certain areas of the city. Contact our team to learn about eligibility. 


Having trouble financing a project for your business? Contact our team to learn more about this resource. Once you are ready:


  • Average processing time: 60 days
  • Eligible businesses: industrial and commercial
  • Eligible costs: acquisition of property and equipment, new construction or rehabilitation of existing facilities. No working capital loans.
  • Fees: 1% of loan amount, minimum of $500
  • Interest rate: market rate
  • Maximum loan amount: $150,000
  • Minimum loan amount: $10,000
  • Repayment terms: Matched to company’s debt service capacity, maximum of 20 years.
  • Structure: the City’s program is intended to bridge the gap between the amount a conventional lender is willing to lend and the amount that is needed to finance the project. Lender participation must be at least 67%.

Other Requirements

  • Borrower must guarantee that they will create at least one new job for every $10,000 the City lends. At least 51% of these new jobs must be filled by a worker from a low-to-moderate income household.
  • Any construction/rehabilitation work associated with these loan funds must comply with Federal Fair Labor Standards provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act, i.e. contractor must pay prevailing wage.
  • Applicant must provide evidence that they are unable to obtain all the financing needed for the project on affordable terms.
  • In cases where the project will result in an extraordinary economic benefit to the community, the Common Council will consider waiving these guidelines on eligible costs, required lender participation and maximum loan amount.