Economic Development

Dunkirk Local Development Corporation (DLDC)


The mission of the Dunkirk Local Development Corporation (DLDC) is to ensure the long-term viability of the City of Dunkirk by creating opportunities for economic and community development. The DLDC seeks to foster economic development through the provision of low interest loans to Dunkirk businesses and industries as a means to attract new businesses; retain and grow established businesses; create and retain jobs; foster entrepreneurship and innovation; build industrial and commercial capacity; and increase the real property tax base.


The DLDC has the capability of acquiring commercial buildings for redevelopment or demolition, giving out loans and grants, and other direct economic development incentives. Currently, the DLDC owns four pieces of property for development, and maintains 12 active small business loans.  The DLDC is a yearly sub-recipient of the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program which provides funding for its Revolving Business Loan Program.


The DLDC Festivals Committee hosts two annual festivals, Spring Fest in June and Beach Bash in August, as well as the Music on the Pier series which features a free band on the Dunkirk Pier every Thursday evening during the Summer months. The Committee is looking to expand its 2017 festival season with the addition of Picnic at the Point and the Dunkirk Heritage Festival. To find more information about these events or to plan a trip to Dunkirk please stop by our Festivals page.

Dunkirk Industrial Development Agency (DIDA)

The Dunkirk Industrial Development Agency (DIDA) is a public benefit corporation of the State of New York, established to provide financial and other incentives to firms expanding or locating in the City of Dunkirk. DIDA is an integral part of the comprehensive economic growth structure of the City of Dunkirk.

The mission of the Dunkirk Industrial Development Agency (DIDA) is to promote economic development and employment growth through the attraction, expansion and retention of companies within the City of Dunkirk.