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Economic Development

Dunkirk Local Development
Corporation/Dunkirk IDA

Second Floor, Stearns Building
338 Central Ave.
Dunkirk, NY 14048
P: (716) 366-9876
F: (716) 363-6460

Vincent DeJoy
  Planning & Development Director
Chairman, DLDC
Chairman, DIDA
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Edward Hayes
  Planning & Development
Deputy Director 
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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 several property for development, and will be re-instituting a small business loan program. The DLDC is a sub-recipient of the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program which provides funding for its Small Business Loan Program.


The DLDC Festivals  hosts numerous festivals and events, the Memorial Day Parade, Spring Fest in June, the July 4th Celebration, and Picnic at the Point in September, 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. 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 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.


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. The Dunkirk IDA offers incentives such as PILOT Programs, Sales Tax Exemption, and Mortgage Recording Tax. The DIDA is an integral part of the comprehensive economic growth structure of the City of Dunkirk.