City of Detroit Local Development Finance Authority

The City of Detroit Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) prevents conditions of unemployment and promotes economic growth in the city. The LDFA undertook the Jefferson/Connor Industrial Revitalization Project on the city's east side to help Chrysler Corporation create jobs and construct a new manufacturing facility. The LDFA issued bonds to assist with costs incurred in preparing the site for redevelopment, encouraging private investment of $1.2 billion and supporting 3,000 jobs.

The LDFA also obtained $8 million in grant funding from the State of Michigan to support the Wayne State University (WSU) Technology Park in the Woodward Technology Corridor, the William G. Milliken State Park in the east riverfront area, as well as streetscape improvements in the Lower Woodward and University Cultural Center Association areas.

Established in 1988 under PA 281 of 1986, LDFA funding comes from grants and tax increments captured as a result of new growth within a designated development area, and expended in accordance with a plan approved by City Council. The eleven member board represents four taxing jurisdictions. 
The LDFA has regularly scheduled meetings on the fourth Tuesday of June and October. All meeting announcements are posted outside DEGC offices in the Guardian Building, 500 Griswold, Suite 2200, and at the CAYMC building in Detroit.  Check our calendar for meeting dates.

Board Members

  • Furquan Ahmed, Wayne County Community College District
  • Delores Brown, Detroit Public Schools 
  • Irma Clarke-Coleman, Wayne County Board of Commissioners
  • Derek Dickow, Steward Media Business Development Consultants
  • Linda Forte, Resident
  • James Jenkins III, Jenkins Construction
  • Greer Love, Huron Capital
  • Katrina McCree, Sinai Grace Hospital
  • William Ritsema, 
  • Mariann Sarafa, 
  • Felecia Venable, Detroit Public Schools