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.
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:
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More state help available for Georgians facing foreclosure (3/11/2014)
Georgia homeowners now have additional options to remain in their homes and avoid foreclosure. The HomeSafe Georgia program, which administers federal funding to prevent foreclosures, has expanded eligibility requirements for potential applicants. Now, free help may be available not only for homeowners who are unemployed or underemployed, but also for homeowners who have experienced other financial hardships in the last 36 months, including those associated with military service, death of a spouse, or a medical hardship.
Twelve Georgia communities honored for revitalizing downtowns (3/4/2014)
Twelve communities around Georgia were recently recognized for statewide excellence in improving their downtowns through the nationally-based Main Street program. The City of Cartersville, the Main Street manager in Blackshear, and Main Street programs in Americus, Douglas, Hartwell, Lavonia, Macon, Madison, Metter, Milledgeville, Moultrie and Woodstock all took home honors for various aspects of their programs.
City of Fort Oglethorpe wins largest Appalachian Regional Commission grant in Georgia history (1/6/2014)
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded its largest grant ever in Georgia for a project that will benefit both Fort Oglethorpe and its neighbor, the Chickamauga Battlefield, a portion of the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. The $3 million grant to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will transform busy LaFayette Road running through the center of Fort Oglethorpe into an attractive downtown and gateway into the park.
2013 Keep Georgia Beautiful Award Winners Celebrated (12/13/2013)
More than 200 Georgians attended the 35th Annual Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, December 11 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. The annual program honors individuals and organizations working to improve Georgia’s environment. Individual awards are presented to a public works official, student, male volunteer, female volunteer and executive director of the year. The program also honors Georgia’s Keep America Beautiful Affiliates, the largest such network in the nation, for their comprehensive environmental impact on the local community.
Nineteen Cities Selected for Georgia’s Main Street Start-up Program (11/25/2013)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) announced today that 19 new Georgia cities will become part of the Main Street Start-up Program, which provides technical assistance to communities looking to improve their downtowns. These cities will work during 2014 to meet state and national criteria to become designated Main Street programs eligible for national accreditation by 2015.
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. For a complete list of the various reports we provide each year, see this page. The staff can provide additional information upon request, so if you don't see what you're looking for, contact Jonathan Sharpe at email@example.com.
Georgia Housing and Finance Authority Request for Qualifications RFQ
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING BOND ISSUES
The Georgia Housing and Finance Authority is pleased to request proposals (“RFP”) from firms to serve as Senior Managing Underwriter(s) or as Co-Managers/Selling Group Pool members for future issues of single family housing bonds. Additional information concerning the RFP can be found at: Request for Proposals for Single Family Housing Bond Issues.
American Recovery and Re-Investment Act (ARRA)
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