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Revitalization Area Strategies. Partnering for Neighborhood Progress. Revitalization Area Strategies (RAS). Purpose Encourage local governments to build strategies for redeveloping “blighted” areas. Remember. Revitalization applications must be turned in separately from CDBG applications.

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Revitalization area strategies

Revitalization Area Strategies

Partnering for Neighborhood Progress


Revitalization area strategies ras

Revitalization Area Strategies (RAS)

Purpose

Encourage local governments to build strategies for redeveloping “blighted” areas

Revitalization Area Strategy


Remember

Remember

  • Revitalization applications must be turned in separately from CDBG applications.

  • Applications accepted throughout the year prior to April 1st

  • Additional documentation WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER APRIL 1ST

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Cdbg revitalization strategies

CDBG Revitalization Strategies

Benefits

  • Can apply for CDBG every year

  • Provides up to 20 bonus points on CDBG Annual Competition applications

  • Five points on CHIP Annual Competition and Set-aside (if available) for projects in RAS areas

  • Small amount of money may be available for planning

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Scoring criteria

Scoring Criteria

  • Threshold Criteria

  • Economic Development tools

  • Investment Partnerships

  • Collaboration

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CDBG Revitalization Strategies

Threshold Criteria – 5 points

  • Eligible census block group(s) 20% or greater poverty rate

  • Urban Redevelopment Area (O.C.G.A. 36-61)

  • CDBG Public Participation process

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CDBG Revitalization Strategies

Economic Development tools – 5 points

  • Tax Allocation District (O.C.G.A. 36-88)

  • Community Improvement District

  • Business Improvement District

  • Enterprise Zone (O.C.G.A. 36-88)

  • Other locally designated, geographically targeted strategies

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CDBG Revitalization Strategies

Economic Development tools – 5 points

  • Enterprise Zone (O.C.G.A. 36-88)

EZ Incentives for Tifton business:

-Waiver of building permit fee

-Waiver of business license fee 1.5 years

-Property tax abatement worth $11,412,760 over 10 years

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CDBG Revitalization Strategies

Economic Development tools – 5 points

  • Other locally designated, geographically targeted strategies

Washington:

Developed Nuisance Ordinance and Non-Conforming Use Ordinance as a way to handle properties that contribute to blight

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CDBG Revitalization Strategies

Economic Development tools – 5 points

  • Other locally designated, geographically targeted strategies

Washington:

Using Brownfield Grant to take care of blighted property

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CDBG Revitalization Strategies

Investment Partnerships – up to 5 points

  • Includes funding partners such as:

    • Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority

    • Small Business Administration

    • U.S. Treasury

    • Tennessee Valley Authority

    • U.S. Department of Agriculture

    • Georgia Housing Finance Authority

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CDBG Revitalization Strategies

Investment Partnerships – up to 5 points

Toccoa:

GA Carolina Radiocasting: $240,000-built 1 house $60,000 and 3 additional houses,

Habitat for Humanity—built 1 house, another planned

CCC Services: $1,300 raised for classes

USDA: letter of qual. for 2 homeowners

GA Dream: DCA--One loan

ReMax: $1,200 1st time homebuyer classes

NE GA Housing Authority: invested $830,900 in adjacent area

First Citizens: $500k for home loans

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CDBG Revitalization Strategies

Investment Partnerships – up to 5 points

Tifton:

Workforce Center, Developed by Partnership: Rural Development Center, Moultrie Tech, City, DDA

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CDBG Revitalization Strategies

Collaboration – up to 5 points

  • Stakeholders may include:

    • Local lending institutions

    • Community or neighborhood housing organizations

    • Community based development organizations

    • Community development corporations

    • Community development entities

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CDBG Revitalization Strategies

Collaboration – up to 5 points

Washington:

Homebuyer Education workshop--DCA Rusher Street Memorial Park--Committee

Credit Counseling /Financial Literacy classes with area banks

Housing Expo—now an annual event

Home Buyer Ed, 1 on 1—with DCA

Partners—WashingtonHousing Expo

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CDBG Revitalization Strategies

Collaboration – up to 5 points

  • Toccoa:

  • TICH: housing fair, inspection, demolition costs

  • GA Baptist MERGE: 5 home repairs during summer program

  • Hill Street Baptist—Youth set up free clothing “Boutique” in area

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Urban redevelopment plan

Urban Redevelopment Plan

  • Establish an Urban Redevelopment Plan

    • Cities

    • Counties

    • By simple resolution.

    • No referendum required!

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2005 2009 approved revitalization area strategies

2005

City of Waycross

City of Ocilla (Denied 2008)

City of Thomson/McDuffie County

Hall County

2006

City of Barnesville

City of Hartwell

City of LaGrange

2007

City of Fitzgerald

City of Valdosta

City of Hinesville

2008

City of Colquitt

City of Darien

City of Griffin

City of Tifton

City of Toccoa

City of Washington

2009

City of Brunswick

City of Cuthbert

City of Thomasville

2005-2009 Approved Revitalization Area Strategies

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Ras projects

City of Barnesville

Homes face tracks

Vacant industrial

City of Barnesville

Substandard Housing

Poorly maintained

RAS Projects

City of LaGrange

Street Connections

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Ras projects1

City of Hartwell

Drainage Improvements

Hall County- Substandard Housing

RAS Projects

City of LaGrange

Safe, Affordable Rental Housing

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Ras projects2

RAS Projects

City of Hartwell - Residential Blight

Hall County - Drainage

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Ras projects3

RAS Projects

City of Toccoa - Residential Blight

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Ras projects4

RAS Projects

City of Washington – Rusher Street Residential Blight

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What they did well

What They Did Well

  • Consulted with DCA staff during drafting

  • Long-term vision for the area

  • Well-defined area that included comprehensive activities

  • Grassroots involvement from area residents

  • Commitment from other funding partners

  • Documented commitment from funders and stakeholders

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Fix the problems

Fix the Problems

Understand the rules:

  • RAS Form 1 checklist is just a reminder

  • Read Applicants’ Manual instructions for Revitalization Strategies

  • Use the DCA Guidebook to URA

  • Read O.C.G.A. 36-61-1 et seq. on the Urban Redevelopment Law

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Revitalization area strategies

RAS Area

CDBG or CHIP Application

Maps

  • Projects must be entirely within RAS boundaries

CDBG/CHIP maps must make clear RAS boundaries

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Report certification

Report & Certification

  • Yearly Annual Progress Report – RAS Form - 2

  • Three-Year Re-designation Certification

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Questions

Questions:

Michelle Lewis [email protected]

Glenn Misner – 404.679.3138

[email protected]

Steed Robinson - 404.679.3168

[email protected]

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