Atlanta BeltLine to support black-owned businesses

The inaugural period for interpretations is scheduled for late spring / early summer to November this year.

ATLANTA – Atlanta BeltLine will launch a new initiative to support black businesses by bringing small interpretations directly to the road.

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), the organization that oversees and operates BeltLine, described it as its “first small business incubator”. It will first expand to six companies.

The program is funded in part by a $ 750,000 grant from the Kendeda Fund, an Atlanta-based family foundation focused on community initiatives. This is also done in collaboration with The Village Market, an incubator for Black-owned businesses.

The interpretations – described as “architecturally designed, artistic shipping containers” as well as potential food trucks – will be built in two locations, one on the Westside trail and the other on the Eastside trail. Interpretation space will not be free for businesses, but will be available “at an affordable price”, ABI said in a statement.

The inaugural period for interpretations is scheduled for late spring / early summer to November this year, the release said.

“With the new funding, ABI is developing and promoting commercial affordability strategies to stabilize, protect and create affordable spaces so that older, small and local businesses can grow and thrive within 22 miles,” said Clyde Higgs, President and CEO of ABI, said. in the statement. “Providing access to the BeltLine corridor is one way to connect businesses with new economic opportunities.”

Village Market Founder and CEO Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon said the joint effort “provides economic mobility, accessibility and a progressive way forward as BeltLine begins to cultivate relationships with local, independently owned Blacks-owned businesses that have been relocated due to a sharp rise in commercial rents.” It is essential that local black businesses can stay in the communities they have always been – to contribute to economic prosperity. “

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