What we’re about
“Fostering economic development, job creation, and neighborhood revitalization in Atlanta’s distressed neighborhoods”
Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc. is a certified Community Development Entity that seeks to foster economic development, job creation, and neighborhood revitalization in Atlanta’s distressed neighborhoods by providing flexible financing products to high-impact businesses and real estate development projects.
We specialize in gap financing for businesses or developers with large-scale projects ($5MM-$25MM) in Census designated distressed neighborhoods. We also offer financing for small businesses, medium sized companies, and startups seeking low cost financing or venture capital. Our funding comes from private investors who provide us with low-cost funds for gap financing in exchange for tax breaks facilitated through the Federal New Markets Tax Credits program.
Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc. (AEMI) was created in 2006 by Invest Atlanta, the City’s official economic development agency, to utilize federal New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to attract private capital to fund neighborhood revitalization and job creation projects. Formerly known as Imagine Downtown, Inc., the company was initially created in partnership with Central Atlanta Progress to fund catalytic projects to revitalize Downtown Atlanta.
In 2011, the name was changed to Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc. to better reflect a broader mission to bring increased investment to low-income neighborhoods throughout Atlanta. AEMI is committed to funding community development projects that are part of holistic development initiatives or promote healthy neighborhoods, as well as provide increased access to jobs and services for underserved residents.
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