EWDD is tasked with facilitating JEDI Zone designations. When a potential JEDI Zone is identified, EWDD will conduct a baseline assessment of the proposed area based on primary qualifying criteria. Not all businesses will qualify for all benefits offered by the JEDI Zone Program.
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- Verification that the identified area meets at least one of the primary qualifying criteria for a JEDI Zone designation
- Evaluate distress factors using the Secondary Needs Assessment (used to determine priorities within the requested zone)
- Assign needs-based priority (census tracts measuring higher in secondary needs will receive priority)
- Number of new and relocating businesses
- Number of pre-existing businesses participating in JEDI incentives
- Overall percent of businesses helped
- Number of new jobs created as a result of JEDI incentives
Access to Capital
Leverages City BusinessSource Centers to provide training and seminars within the JEDI Zone areas to connect businesses with lenders actively investing in businesses that match the business’s region, size, risk factor, and industry. Conduct outreach to businesses to enhance investment abilities.
Program AdvantageIdentify financial resource providers to target capital investment and bring funding opportunities to small business owners. Provides qualified staff readily available to assess your business needs and identify resources leading to funding or loan opportunities to open, expand, or sustain a business. Benefits include low rates, business counselors, and flexible repayment options.
Program EligibilityProject partners offer Access to Capital resources and services, including local BusinessSource Centers, Small Business Administration, or Community Development Financial Institutions, and will be coordinated by EWDD's JEDI Zone assigned Program Manager.
Compliance Assistance Program
EWDD’s Business Assistance Team will assist JEDI Zone business owners in taking steps to correct any violations of City rules, policies, codes, and deadlines. EWDD will also coordinate services to provide corrective actions in response to administrative notices to comply.
Program AdvantageThis program will provide assistance to business owners to ensure access to resources needed to enact corrections to violations.
Program EligibilityAll registered businesses in approved JEDI Zone areas will be offered the Compliance Assistance Program. A JEDI Zone area Program Manager will be appointed as the primary point of contact for each zone to coordinate assistance with correcting violations.
Reach out to the Business Response Unit for assistance.
Permit Fee Reduction for Development Projects
The Permit Fee Reduction program subsidizes development projects by reducing expediting and permitting fees. Qualified development projects must be in a JEDI Zone designation and conform to the zoning regulation requirements of the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety and City Planning. Fee reductions would be contingent upon funding availability.
Program AdvantageIncentivize businesses to renovate and/or rehabilitate facilities and aid with infrastructure improvements for development. Permit subsidy is a one-time usage, for up to $10,000 maximum, per location.
Program EligibilityMost business property owners of buildings located on commercial strips and retail centers in the approved JEDI Zone areas are eligible to participate. JEDI Zone Fee Reduction Award Certificates must be obtained by qualified businesses before the issuing of the development permit.
Reach out to the Business Response Unit for assistance.
- Fee Reduction Award Certification
EWDD’s WorkSource Centers can provide workforce recruitment assistance, including developing comprehensive job descriptions, customizing recruitment plans, and assisting to fill positions by pre-screening applicants. Assistance with employee compensation during training may be available. Additionally, resource centers are available to obtain assistance with online job posting and labor market information, and more.
Program AdvantagesThe Employer Connect Program supports entrepreneurship and business expansion by offering job advertising, applicant screening and referrals, and on the job and pre-employment training services. Connecting with the WorkSource system gains businesses a larger, better-qualified candidate pool and potentially reduces training costs.
By leveraging the City’s existing contracts with WorkSource Centers, the City can place qualified individuals in paid jobs and the businesses may gain savings to the employees’ training cost. Businesses within the JEDI Zone area may be provided tailored staff development assessments and information.
Employers can receive Customized Recruitment to fill vacancies. Specialists will work with the business to identify hiring needs and develop a plan to recruit candidates including:Businesses can obtain assistance developing policies and plans to create and/or define formal career ladders utilizing established occupations as defined by Federal agencies or other nationally recognized sources. Employer Connect also can provide businesses with the specific labor market information regarding the economy, wages, and occupational skills.
- Coordination of a system-wide recruitment
- Coordinating a recruitment exclusively for an employer or an employer group by industry
Also providing assistance with human resource challenges, such as:
Program EligibilityThis program is open to all businesses in approved JEDI Zones areas.
- Specific labor laws
- Legal equal opportunity requirements
- Sexual harassment policy
- Referrals to outside organizations specializing in HR needs
Important DocumentationNo initial documentation is needed. The business will need to complete a pre-screening and worksite work experience agreement.
Contact a local WorkSource Center for information about staff training compensation. Locate your nearest Center using our WorkSource Location Map.
Façade Improvement Program
The JEDI Zones Façade Improvement Program is designed to revitalize commercial business corridors by providing funds to eligible businesses for exterior façade improvements to improve curb appeal and reduce blight. Program funding will derive from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other sources. The Façade Improvement Program is contingent upon funding availability.
Program AdvantageThe overall aim of the JEDI Zones Façade Improvement Program is to create a sense of place and to improve neighborhood economic stability. Enhancing the exterior of commercial areas creates an inviting location for visitors to walk and shop, increasing the corridor's commercial potential.
Program EligibilityBusiness owners, with the property owner's consent, can apply for a JEDI Zone façade Improvement subsidy of up to $75,000 per business (not to exceed $300,000 per project) if:The following eligible improvements include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Located within an eligible JEDI Zone area, and
- Façade improvements are for commercial (retail and wholesale) and service establishments
Subject to eligibility, some business property owners of buildings located on commercial strips and retail centers in the approved JEDI Zone areas can participate. The business location and need for rehabilitation must be verified by an EWDD representative to establish eligibility. Property owners may be required to agree to maintenance requirements of the improvements funded by the program and other conditions. Improvements and alterations are subject to design guidelines.
- Murals, if they are professionally done, provide an important aesthetic improvement and/or improve an expanse of wall or surface prone to graffiti
- Exterior façade treatments (stucco, brick veneer, paint removal, etc.)
- Column/post replacement with awning, canopy, or other shade solution
- Exterior painting of buildings visible from public right-of-way
- Facade/brick cleaning and/or power washing
- Minor Signage repair or replacement, if warranted
- Exterior doors
- Window and window frame replacement
- Exterior lighting and electrical work
- Landscaping attached to exterior features
- Permanent exterior signage
- New foam moldings to create architectural and visual interest
- Anti-graffiti paint and window treatment
- Visible mechanical equipment
- Visible rain gutters
Important DocumentationAll permits are the responsibility of the property owner. Additional program guidelines will be provided to applicants.
- JEDI Zone Façade Improvement Application
- Proof of Ownership/Property Owner Consent Form
- Submit a current photo of your existing storefront
- Maintenance covenant
Federal and/or local funds are used for the program. Whenever such funds are used, either in whole or in part, Davis-Bacon and/or State prevailing wages (whichever is higher) must be paid for all onsite construction labor relating to the project. The Federal Davis-Bacon Act requires the payment of prevailing wage rates (which are determined by the U.S. Department of Labor) to all laborers and mechanics on Federal government construction projects in excess of $1,000.00. Construction includes alteration and/or repair, including painting and decorating of public buildings or public works, including private projects using Federal funds.
Microloan Fee and Interest Reduction
The JEDI Zone Microloan Program is designed to provide financing to viable Microenterprises and Small businesses that private lenders typically are not able to accommodate. Loan funds can be used for reasonable and eligible business operation costs, including, but not limited to, inventory, equipment, working capital and leaseholder improvements.
- No Application Fee
- No Loan Fee
- Reduced Interest Rate
Applications are available upon request. For more information, please contact your JEDI Zone area Program Manager.
- Annual revenue must not exceed $1 million (depending on business NAICS code) and have no more than 25 employees
- Business must be in the City of Los Angeles (use the My Neighborhood Info tool to determine if your commercial location is located within City of Los Angeles boundaries)
- The business location must not be a residential property; the Microloan Program cannot finance home-based businesses
- Businesses must have an active and cleared Business Tax Registration Certificate (BTRC) filed with the Los Angeles Office of Finance Program Overview
Priority Support Program
EWDD will perform a business needs assessment for each operator contacted in the approved JEDI Zones, market the JEDI Zone New and Enhanced Business Incentives Plan and match the business with the appropriate support program(s) and monitor/track the effectiveness of the assistance. EWDD will strategically partner with business operators to organize and provide available information and services valuable to each stakeholder and determine the most effective methods to assist and support the business’s goals.
Program AdvantageEnhanced delivery of resources and facilitation of comprehensive support to businesses in the JEDI Zones
Program EligibilityAll businesses in approved JEDI Zone areas will be offered the Priority Support Program. A Program Manager will be appointed as the primary point of contact for each zone to provide individualized and customized resources.
The Crenshaw Boulevard Corridor is located in South Los Angeles, Council District 8. This zone is bounded by Vernon Avenue to the North and 60th Street to the South.2023 Economic metrics for the Crenshaw Boulevard Corridor
estimated population: 9,953; active businesses: 182; Low to moderate-income households: 58.7%; Median household income: $84,075; People below the poverty level per capita: 16.3%
The Reseda Boulevard Corridor is located in Reseda, Council District 4. This zone is bounded by Vanowen Street to the south and Gault Street to the north.2022 Economic metrics for the Reseda Boulevard Corridor
estimated population: 10,038; active businesses: 107; Low to moderate-income households: 71%; Median household income: $74,019; People below the poverty level per capita: 15.6%
The Van Nuys Boulevard Corridor is located in Pacoima, Council District 7. This zone is bounded by Bradley Ave to the northeast and Laurel Canyon Boulevard to the southwest.2022 Economic metrics for the Van Nuys Boulevard Corridor
estimated population: 263,022; active businesses: 335; Low to moderate-income households: 58%; Median household income: $74,194; People below the poverty level per capita: 38,081
The Wilmington Avenue tract is in Watts, Council District 15. This zone is bounded between 103rd Street to the north and 114th Street to the south.2022 Economic metrics for the Wilmington Avenue tract
estimated population: 309; active businesses: 70; Low to moderate income households: 86%; Median household income: $39,875; People below the poverty level per capita: 22%
The Avalon Boulevard Corridor is located in Wilmington, Council District 15. This zone is bounded by C Street to the south and Opp Street to the north.2022 Economic metrics for the Avalon Boulevard Corridor
estimated population: 299; active businesses: 116; Low to moderate-income households: 82%; Median household income: $37,875; People below the poverty level per capita: 26%
The Good Year Tract area is located in South Los Angeles, Council District 2. This Zone is bounded by Slauson Avenue to the north, Florence Avenue to the south, Central Avenue to the east, and Avalon Boulevard to the west.2022 Economic metrics for the Good Year Tract
estimated population: 17,176; active businesses: 573; Low to moderate-income households: 80%; Median household income: $30, 091; People below the poverty level per capita: 30%
The North Hollywood/Lankershim area is in Council District 9. This zone is on Lankershim Boulevard bounded by Oxnard Street to the north and Burbank Boulevard to the south.2022 Economic metrics for the North Hollywood/Lankershim area
estimated population: 2,596; active businesses: 115; Low to moderate-income households: 74.25%; Median household income: $59,516; People below the poverty level per capita: 10%
The Sherman Way JEDI Zone is located in Canoga Park, Council District 3. This zone begins on the corner of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Sherman Way to the west, continuing east along the Sherman Way business corridor and ends at Variel Avenue.2022 Economic metrics for the Sherman Way corridor in Canoga Park
estimated population: 12,733; active businesses: 1,221; Low to moderate-income households: 83%; Median household income: $83,020; People below the poverty level per capita: NA
The Hollywood Boulevard corridor is in Hollywood, Council District 13. This zone is along Hollywood Boulevard, bounded by Las Palmas Avenue to the west and Ivar Avenue to the east.2022 Economic metrics for the Hollywood Boulevard
estimated population: 6,000; active businesses: 180; Low to moderate-income households: 80%; Median household income: $57,491; People below the poverty level per capita: 19%