Our mission

Downtown Elkhart Inc. is a local organization whose function is to inspire and facilitate the aesthetic, cultural, civic, social and economic vitality of the downtown core area, enhancing the quality of life of the entire community.

DEI accomplishes this mission by acting as a real-estate holding company, administering property improvements on structures in near-downtown neighborhoods in hopes of stabilizing values and encouraging private investment.

Additionally, DEI created the Gateway Mile Loan Fund, providing streamlined access to capital for credit-worthy investors - both property owners and tenants. These funds are contributed by local lending institutions and are backed by the City of Elkhart's Aurora Capital Fund.

Downtown Elkhart Inc., formed in 1986, is an established 501(c)3. Donations are tax deductible - contact us for more information.