ATLANTA, GA – On behalf of Governor Nathan Deal, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Gretchen Corbin announced that Georgia has awarded over $37.5 million in federal assistance from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the State’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.
“The State Community Development Block Grant program provides an essential resource to Georgia’s smaller more rural communities in their efforts to support projects that will create jobs and assist low- and moderate-income citizens. As communities large and small are making difficult choices, today’s announcement represents an important investment in various local health and safety, economic development and job creation programs, insuring Georgia’s communities are prepared for economic development opportunities,” said Commissioner Corbin.
Over $33 million is being allocated for CDBG awards that will be used to support capital projects in 69 Georgia communities. Projects include the upgrading of water supplies, the provision of basic sewer services, health facilities, senior citizen facilities, flood and drainage improvements and other neighborhood revitalization projects.
An additional $4,510,721 million was recently invested for economic development projects in 10 Georgia communities. The CDBG funds for the 10 projects will leverage over $137,974,301 million in private investments for economic expansions that will create over 1,016 jobs for Georgians. As additional resources become available, funds for worthwhile job creation and redevelopment projects will be made available on an ongoing basis in various parts of the state. A complete list of projects and award amounts is included at the end of the news release.
The CDBG program is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which uses funds allocated through HUD to support local initiatives that focus on improving living conditions and economic opportunities.
Added DCA Commissioner Corbin, “We are pleased that these resources will be combined with private investments and local funds to implement critical economic development and community development projects. As a key part of Governor Deal’s job creation team, we’re very pleased to assist so many Georgia communities prepare for job growth opportunities. Each year, CDBG investments demonstrate how state and local partners work together with the private sector to create successes in local communities for families and businesses”.
For more information regarding Georgia’s CDBG awards, please visit DCA’s website at http://www.dca.ga.gov/communities/CDBG/programs/CDBG.asp