Nortown Community Development Corporation (CDC) was established in 1991, when leaders of the residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional community first gathered to support a community-based and community-controlled economic development collaborative.

Nortown CDC's goals were to foster community control of economic development, improve economic conditions, provide affordable quality housing, support and attract local business ventures, and promote employment opportunities within the community that is bounded by Eight Mile Road to the north, I-94 to the south, Gratiot Avenue to the east, and the Mound Rd./Mt. Elliott Corridor to the west.


The Nortown Community Development Corporation envisions an empowered community that is economically strong, sustainable, diverse, healthy, and an environmentally desirable place to live, work, shop, and play.


As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, Nortown also acts as a community-controlled collaborative to develop and foster safe and affordable housing, business retention and attraction, educatioal improvement and job opportunities. These ideals raise and stabilize the economic, environmental, educational, and social levels of its neighborhood constituents, especially minority and low to moderate income persons.

Board of Directors

Nortown CDC is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors. The following four organizations are considered "Founding Directors" with each designating its own appointed representative:

  • North East Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
  • We Care About Van Dyke - Seven Mile, Inc.
  • Van Dyke-Seven Mile Business Association
  • Grinnell Business Area

Seven other seats are reserved for "At Large" Directors requiring that at all times, at least four of the seats shall be held by residents of low income neighborhoods, other low income residents, or elected representatives of low income neighborhood organizations. The officers of the corporation consist of a President, a Vice-President, and Executive Director, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.