Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that 74 Georgia communities will receive a total of $37.7 million in federal assistance to enhance their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA).
“Strong and prosperous communities serve their citizens best and help attract businesses to Georgia,” said Deal. “The projects funded by this program will stimulate economic development in these communities and enhance the quality of life for all Georgians. This program allows cities and counties to direct federal funding to address critical community needs, maximizing opportunities for citizens and ensuring that Georgia remains a top state for business.”
Sixty-eight Georgia communities will receive $33.3 million in Community Development Block Grants for infrastructure improvements, neighborhood revitalization and centers that will serve Georgia’s neediest citizens. In addition, $4.3 million in CDBG Employment Incentive Program and Redevelopment Fund awards were recently awarded to 11 Georgia communities to invest in redevelopment and economic development projects that are creating 511 jobs and $86,692,728 in private investment.
“Each year, these awards touch cities and counties in every corner of our state,” said DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles. “Our local communities put a great deal of thought and hard work into every application, and we look forward to partnering with them as they lay the groundwork for future growth.”
Georgia’s CDBG program annually supports projects in small and rural communities that create jobs and assist low- and moderate-income citizens. Awards ranging from $226,944 to $800,000 will be used for specific projects such as water, sewer, drainage or street improvements, revitalization of targeted neighborhoods, and construction of facilities such as health, youth and senior centers. Communities are required to complete their designated project within two years of the award.
A complete list of the 2016 CDBG awards is attached. For more information regarding Georgia’s CDBG awards and annual conference, click here.
About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to help them build strong and vibrant neighborhood, commercial and industrial areas through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate- income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.