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Deal: 13 Georgia cities awarded for outstanding achievement

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that 13 Georgia cities were recently awarded for outstanding achievement in urban design, economic development, organizational projects and downtown promotions at the annual Georgia Downtown Conference Awards of Excellence ceremony. The ceremony, held Aug. 21 in Decatur, was the culmination of a week-long conference for the state’s downtown developers.

“Our downtowns are the heart of our communities, and these award-winning cities set the standard for downtowns across the state and nation,” said Deal. “A vibrant, economically robust downtown is a sign of an actively engaged community committed to enhancing its economic competitiveness and its quality of life.”

The Georgia Downtown Conference promotes downtown and economic development through public awareness, governmental relations and education. Co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Office of Downtown Development and the Georgia Downtown Association, the awards and the conference provide recognition for downtown and community development professionals, and an opportunity to showcase the best of Georgia’s unique downtowns each year.

“We know that great downtowns are huge economic assets to their communities,” said Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Gretchen Corbin. “These awards recognize the effort and dedication of many people – elected officials, staff, volunteers and citizens – and encourage other communities to explore ways to enhance their downtowns.”

More than 50 communities across Georgia garnered nominations this year, with 13 selected for gold, silver or bronze awards in each of the four categories. The city of Cartersville won the prestigious Downtown Development Program of the Year award for its significant work in all four categories.

“The number and quality of the awards for these outstanding projects reminds us that the hard work of each individual community, no matter how large or small, contributes to making Georgia a great state in which to live, work and play,” said Georgia Downtown Association President Tommy Lowmon.

A list of award winners is included below:

Gold – City of Dalton
Silver – City of Milledgeville
Bronze – Monroe Downtown Development Authority
Gold – Bainbridge Downtown Development Authority
Silver – Cornelia Downtown Development Authority
Bronze – City of Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority
Economic Development
Gold – City of Newnan Main Street Program
Gold – Club E of College Park
Silver – Stone Mountain DDA and ART Station Contemporary Arts Center
Bronze – City of Nashville Main Street Program
Gold – Rome Downtown Development Authority and Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority
Silver – City of Suwanee
Bronze – City of Newnan Main Street Program

About the Department of Community Affairs
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) partners with communities to help create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, GDCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement plans, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions and promote volunteerism. GDCA helps low- and moderate- income Georgians with issues regarding home ownership, rental housing and homelessness prevention. For more information, visit the GDCA website at www.dca.ga.gov.

About the Georgia Downtown Association
The Georgia Downtown Association (GDA) is a non-profit association that promotes the economic redevelopment of Georgia's traditional downtowns. Through advocacy, education and marketing, GDA works to focus the public's attention on the value of downtown. GDA is an independent association that supports both public and private sector efforts targeted at enhancing Georgia's downtowns.

Deal announces $39.7 million in community development awards

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that 82 Georgia communities will receive a total of $39.7 million in assistance to grow 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, vibrant communities help attract companies to the state,” Deal said. “The projects funded by this program will ensure successful economic development and enhance the quality of life for all Georgians. By leveraging this funding with private investment and local funds, these communities are able to maximize the opportunities offered by the CDBG program and keep Georgia the nation’s top state for business.”

Seventy-one Georgia communities will receive almost $35.8 million in Community Development Block Grants for infrastructure improvements, neighborhood revitalization and centers that will serve Georgia’s neediest citizens. In addition, $3.9 million in CDBG Employment Incentive Program (EIP) funding was recently awarded to 11 Georgia communities to invest in redevelopment and economic development projects that are creating 1,172 jobs and $316.6 million in private investment.

Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant program annually supports projects in the state’s small and rural communities that create jobs and assist low- and moderate-income citizens. Awards ranging from $181,414 to $800,000 will be used for specific projects such as water, sewer, drainage or street improvements, revitalization of targeted neighborhoods, construction of health facilities and youth centers and infrastructure that supports manufacturing and other business operations. Communities are required to complete their designated project within two years of the award.

“The annual Community Development Block Grant awards are one of DCA’s most well-known, competitive and far-reaching programs, touching cities and counties in every corner of the state,” said Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Gretchen Corbin. “We appreciate the vision and hard work that went into each application and look forward to working with these communities as they lay the groundwork for future growth.”

A complete list of the 2014 CDBG awards can be found here. 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 create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses 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.

DCA’s SCCP team celebrates the agency’s awards. Front row: Haley Allison, LaQuanta Pressley, Kathryn Darville, Cathy Quay, Traci Turgeon, Brian Williamson, Gretchen Corbin. Back row: Brian Connor, Max Rietschier, John Ellis, Jamilla Byrd, Phil Smith

DCA Takes Top Honors in State Giving Drive

On June 18, the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) recognized the outstanding achievements of the Department of Community Affairs and twenty other state agencies and members of the University System of Georgia at the annual State Charitable Contributions Program (SCCP) awards ceremony. In the last 17 years, the program has raised more than $43 million to help support local and nationwide charities. Last fall, more than $1.39 million was pledged across the state. SCCP was established in 1982 by the Georgia General Assembly and the awards recognize the significant achievements of participating agencies.

Headed by Haley Allison, the DCA SCCP team rallied the staff throughout the fall, with a series of raffles and giveaways and a “Taste of DCA” luncheon, with all proceeds going to the SCCP. In addition, the work of this dedicated team encouraged staff to increase their contribution by 100 percent over the 2012-2013 SCCP campaign.

“Huge congratulations are due to every one of our employees who contributed and a big thanks to our spirit committee for leading the agency down the path to success,” said Commissioner Corbin. “I’m not surprised at the heart of our DCA family, and I’m very glad that everyone else knows about it, too.”

Agency-wide, DCA had a whopping 77 percent rate of employee participation in the State Charitable Contribution Program for 2013-2014. These team efforts and our employees’ generosity resulted in DCA winning an unprecedented three awards for state agencies of 101-500 employees:

  • Governor’s Award for Largest Increase in Contributions Total
  • Governor’s Award for Highest Level of Employee Participation
  • Commissioner’s Award for the Highest Contribution per Employee

In addition, DOAS Commissioner Sid Johnson announced that Commissioner Gretchen Corbin will serve as the honorary chair for the statewide 2014-2015 campaign.

“I can’t wait to see what our generosity, here at DCA and statewide, will bring in the 2014 campaign. I look forward to the honor and challenge of chairing the SCCP campaign this year and to the opportunity to provide significant funds to so many of Georgia’s worthy causes,” said Commissioner Corbin.

The campaign will run from September 1-October 31, 2014 with the theme “Looking Forward, Giving Back.” Read more at http://team.georgia.gov/employees-serving-proudly/georgias-state-employees-donate-1-39-million-to-charity-in-fy14/

Carmen Chubb with SMITH award

Carmen Chubb, Deputy Commissioner for Housing, was awarded the prestigious SMITH's Lifetime Achievement Award in March.

The award is given each year at SMITH's Affordable Housing Finance Conference to honor the recipient's body of work. SMITH's Affordable Housing Finance Award was introduced in 2004 to provide recognition to an individual who has made a lasting impact on the affordable housing finance market.

Smith's Research and Gradings is a nationally-recognized research company, providing independent research and third-party analysis for institutional investors. SMITH's Conference series provide unique forums for investors and issuers to discuss matters of mutual interest. They include SMITH's Affordable Housing Finance Conference, State and Local Government Finance Conference, and Community-Based Healthcare Conference.

Billy Peppers at NMSA in Detroit

The Department of Community Affairs is proud to announce that, in 2015, Georgia Main Street will host the National Main Street Conference for the first time in the program's history.

From March 30 through April 2, we will highlight Georgia’s most urban cities, as well as our classic small towns with mobile workshops, concurrent sessions, and several special events to showcase our state and our host city.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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