Great Streets is the District’s commercial revitalization initiative, led by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), designed to support existing small businesses, attract new businesses, increase the District’s tax base, create new job opportunities for District Residents, and transform emerging corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers. Since 2006, Great Streets has grown into a multi-year program that has supported hundreds of small businesses in 13 corridors throughout the district. DMPED fosters economic development on the Great Streets corridors by investing in small business development via the Great Streets Small Business Retail Grants, which are competitive grants up to $50,000 for qualified small business owners who wish to improve their place of business.
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