Community Development

Community Development is an essential function of the Village that promotes economic growth and improves the overall quality of life for the community.  It often focuses on individual projects or particular points of interest, including redevelopment and specialized planning.  The benefits of community development, include increased employment and housing options, and improved infrastructure. 

Emergency Business Assistance Program

In collaboration with the Village Board and Shorewood’s Business Improvement District, on April 21, 2020, the CDA approved an Emergency Business Assistance Program to assist the business community through the extreme circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The CDA’s Emergency Business Assistance program will provide quick access to flexible capital to qualifying businesses based on industry type and operational structure with a valid Commercial Occupancy Permit. These businesses must be in good standing and have been closed or significantly impacted by emergency orders related to COVID‐19. Funding will be provided via proportional cash grants through existing funding that has been allocated for business needs, such as retention.

The program will be administered by the CDA, with all applications submitted through the Shorewood BID, under the review of Village staff, with approval of disbursement from the CDA and oversight by the CDA Chair and an elected official member of the CDA.

Full details of the program, including application materials can be found below:


Other Community Development services include: