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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!

David Scott, Gretchen Corbin, Jenner Wood

GDCA offers help to Georgians facing foreclosure

Rep. David Scott (D-13) and SunTrust recently partnered with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) to introduce Georgians to HomeSafe Georgia, a federally-funded program that helps prevent home foreclosures. Mortgage and financial counselors were on hand at the Operation Hope Financial Dignity Center in Atlanta to discuss details of the program and help homeowners file for mortgage assistance. Pictured left to right: Rep. David Scott, GDCA Commissioner Gretchen Corbin, and Jenner Wood, President & CEO, Atlanta Region, SunTrust.

Beginning Feb. 1st, changes to the HomeSafe program will make assistance available to a wider range of homeowners. Interested parties should call at 1-877-519-4443 or visit www.homesafegeorgia.com.

DCA welcomes new commissioner

Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Gretchen Corbin as the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in August 2013. Ms. Corbin’s deep experience in business and community development is an asset in leading the agency that, since 1977, has managed state and federal funds dedicated to community development, economic development financing and housing activities for the State of Georgia. Click here for Commissioner Corbin's biography.

Exceeding Excellence Program Overview

Did you receive excellent service from a DCA staffer?  If so, DCA wants to hear about it!

DCA's Exceeding Excellence Customer Service Recognition Program allows you to recognize a job "very well done."  The program represents an innovative effort that allows DCA team members and our external customers to recognize DCA team members for providing excellent customer service that goes above and beyond normal job duties.

An overview is provided below:

  • Eligibility – Any DCA team member can be nominated for providing excellent customer service.
  • Nominations – May be made by any DCA customers or staffers. Nominations are reviewed by selection committees in each division that recommends a candidate for the quarterly award.
  • Selection – DCA leadership choose a quarterly winner from division recommendations.  DCA’s Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners are not eligible for nomination or selection.
  • Recognition – All nominees for the quarterly award will be recognized on the DCA Intranet, the DCA monthly newsletter and at an annual employee recognition event.

News Releases

News Releases – for more information, contact Alison Tyrer, Director of Marketing and Communications, 404.679.0661, alison.tyrer@dca.ga.gov.


DCA increases access to fair housing information   (5/14/2014)
DCA provides new web address and training workshop for Georgians seeking fair housing. ATLANTA (May 14, 2014) — The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has established a new, simple web address for all relevant fair housing information and will also be hosting a free fair housing accessibility training workshop that will examine compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. The workshop will take place on June 3, 2014 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

State of Georgia awards $10.2 million in 34 community home investment grants   (5/2/2014)
CHIP program funds down payments, home rehabilitations in communities around state. ATLANTA (May 1, 2014)—The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded more than $10.2 million in grants to 34 community entities around the state to help homeowners make down payments and rehabilitate their homes. Grant amounts range from $200,000 to $300,000. The awards were made through the 2014 Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP).

Gov. Deal signs legislation boosting Georgia downtowns    (4/17/2014)
ATLANTA (April 17, 2014)—Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday signed into law a bill that empowers Georgia cities with even greater means to revitalize and re-energize their downtowns. HB 128, which created the new Georgia Downtown Renaissance Fund, gives the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) new tools to help cities with low interest loans as well as planning and other assistance.

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Program Updates

DCA’s Office of Research & Surveys

The Office of Research and Surveys, in the Local Government Assistance Division, provides accurate, up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to local government in Georgia. Many of the surveys that local governments complete each year are governed by state law, meant to help provide a high level of transparency in government for Georgia's citizens.

If you want to see where the money goes in your local government, or if you'd like to see how other governments of similar sizes "get things done around town" you can check out the Report of Local Government Finances. It's a great resource not only for elected officials, planners and accountants, but also for citizens and students. Likewise, the annual Government Management Indicators Report (GOMI) provides comparisons for governments of similar sizes. Can a small city or rural county afford a sewer system, or a parks and recreation program, or a professional planning staff? The GOMI report can help supply the information to make an informed decision. The most popular annual report is a voluntary one (the others are required by Georgia law): The Wage and Salary Survey. It provides salary ranges for a variety of public sector jobs in Georgia, organized by the size of the community. The information in this report can help local governments determine a competitive wage when hiring for a new position.

The Office of Research and Surveys publishes a wide array of information on the Department's website, but due to space and time constraints, doesn't publish all the data they collect. A complete list of the various reports we provide each year is available online. The staff can provide additional information upon request, so if you don't see what you're looking for, contact Jonathan Sharpe at jonathan.sharpe@dca.ga.gov.


Public Notices

The quarterly board meetings of the Department of Community Affairs and Georgia Housing and Finance Authority Board of Directors will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014. The meetings will take place in the third floor Board Room of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs office, located at 60 Executive Park South, NE in Atlanta, Georgia. For an accommodation please contact Haley Allison at 404-679-5291 or email fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.



Request for Professional Services

Interested in providing goods or services to DCA and other state agencies? All State of Georgia Procurement opportunities are listed on the Statewide Procurement Registry: http://ssl.doas.state.ga.us/PRSapp/PR_index.jsp
Additional questions regarding the State of Georgia's procurement guidelines may be directed to the Georgia Department of Administrative Services at 404-657-6000.

 

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