Jefferson East, Inc. Programs and Initiatives

The confluence of scenic beauty, redevelopment, industry and historical attractions uniquely poises the east Jefferson corridor as a down-home atmosphere amid the sophistication of an urban backdrop. Through placemaking activities, outdoor offerings, marketing initiatives and special events—Jefferson East, Inc. showcases the economic, cultural and historic assets of the storied corridor via experiential engagement.

Invest Jefferson

Jefferson East, Inc. works to foster new development within the east Jefferson corridor from downtown Detroit to Alter Road.  Focused on key development nodes, including Historic Jefferson-Chalmers, the Marina District, The Villages, Rivertown and Lafayette Park, JEI seeks to attract new businesses and link existing business to economic development resources.  Invest Jefferson also works to identify and overcome barriers to small business development and increase employment opportunities for area residents.

We are currently seeking businesses looking to relocate in the Jefferson-Chalmers district. For more information, contact JEI. 

Beautify Jefferson

Beautify Jefferson seeks to re-image East Jefferson Avenue from downtown Detroit to Alter Road as a vital public space that serves the needs and priorities of the community. As the eastern gateway to Detroit’s central business district, East Jefferson Avenue links historically significant neighborhoods with open space, cultural amenities, civic institutions and the rapidly redeveloping Detroit riverfront.

Key to this initiative is to transform East Jefferson Avenue from a sea of traffic into a pedestrian-friendly, multi-modal environment that links neighborhoods to the riverfront while supporting economic development and business activity along its length.

Safe Jefferson

Safe Jefferson strives to promote safety and security within the east Jefferson corridor from downtown Detroit to Alter Road. Focused on major commercial/industrial concentrations along East Jefferson Avenue and the adjacent Marina District and Rivertown areas, Safe Jefferson also monitors crime hotspots within the residential neighborhoods of Jefferson-Chalmers, the Villages and Lafayette Park.

Program activities include the operation of the Jefferson East Police Patrol staffed by off-duty Detroit Police Officers, community safety matching grant programs, building/business security assessments, and crime stats monitoring.  Safe Jefferson also works to record, report and resolve quality of life issues such as illegal dumping, broken streetlights and unsecured structures.

Clean Jefferson

Clean Jefferson fosters a clean and welcoming environment for business owners, visitors and residents by providing enhanced public area maintenance along East Jefferson Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Alter Road.  Within Rivertown and the Villages districts, Clean Downtown provides bi-weekly litter management services and trash receptacle maintenance.  Within the east Jefferson corridor, the Clean Team provides bi-weekly litter management services.

Additional services include graffiti and illegal sign removal, weed removal and tree pit maintenance, and securing of vacant structures.  Clean Jefferson also works closely with City of Detroit on enhanced code enforcement activities.

Experience Jefferson

Experience Jefferson showcases the economic, cultural and historic assets of the east Jefferson corridor through innovative placemaking activities, marketing and events.  Experience Jefferson also works to market the services and programs that Jefferson East, Inc. provides to the business and residential community.