Community & Economic Development

Economic Development Director
City of Dowagiac
241 S. Front St.
Dowagiac, MI 49047

Phone: 269.782.2195

Create your future in Dowagiac, Michigan!
With both prime industrial and commercial land ready for development, the City of Dowagiac offers big city convenience with small town qualities and values. 

The Economic Development Department and the Downtown Development Authority offers:
-Personal one-on-one service to assist to both new and existing businesses.
-Need help with a business start-up
-Expansion questions
-Site selection
-Planning and zoning
-Other resources that may be available

Let us show you why the City of Dowagiac is the perfect place to locate or expand your business.

Property owners and even tenants can take advantage of the Facade Incentive & Architectural Design Services Program. Matching funds are provided up to $4,000 per store-front for either the historic or tasteful renovation of the front facade. 
Facade Incentive Application

Downtown property owners, who would like to enhance their investment, while developing a second revenue source, also have the opportunity to apply for funding through the City of Dowagiac to develop upper-floor apartments.

The City can introduce you to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and walk with you through the process of rehabilitation of quality and affordable rental units downtown.

Conversion of unusable, upper-floor space into residential housing is beneficial to the property owner and to the community, as it enhances the vibrancy of the central business district.  The Rental Rehab Program provides property owners with a forgivable loan of up to $100,000 to develop each apartment.  Property owners contribute only 25 percent of the total project cost for each rental unit.  The program can also be used on existing apartments, when significantly upgrading finishes and appliances. 

Call 269.782.2195 or email