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DCA Press Releases: 2007

Make Your Holiday “Eco-Friendly”-- “Bring One For The Chipper” Program Offers Free Christmas Tree Recycling Statewide   (12/26/2007)
In its 18th year, "Bring One for the Chipper" is Georgia's annual Christmas tree recycling program. Each year, Keep Georgia Beautiful works with private sponsors to organize a number of tree recycling events around the state. For the 2007-post holiday efforts, more than 300 tree collection sites will be available statewide, including 100 in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Georgians are encouraged to visit www.KeepGeorgiaBeautiful.org or call (800) CLEAN-UP for the most up-to-date information.

Milledgeville Receives Georgia’s Second Opportunity Zone Designation    (11/9/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the designation of Milledgeville as the state’s second Opportunity Zone community. “By applying and receiving Georgia’s second Opportunity Zone designation, Milledgeville leaders have again demonstrated their determination to improve areas in need of redevelopment and more economic activity,” said Commissioner Mike Beatty.

2007 Keep Georgia Beautiful Award Winners Celebrated   (10/25/2007)
Nearly 500 Georgians were on hand to attend the 29th Annual Keep Georgia Beautiful (KGB) Awards Luncheon. The program honored individuals and organizations working to improve Georgia’s environment. Award winners, KGB Foundation Board Members and luncheon sponsors were recognized during the event.

State Announces Regional Recycling Hub Grant Awards   (10/25/2007)
Proposals submitted by Bulloch County, Griffin, Savannah and Valdosta-Lowndes County have been selected to receive a total of $2.2 million in state grants from the state’s Solid Waste Trust Fund (SWTF) to implement four new, innovative regional recycling collection programs.

2007 Georgia Downtown Award Winners Recognized At Statewide Conference   (10/18/2007)
The Georgia Downtown Association (GDA) and DCA recognized Georgia’s downtown leaders and their efforts to promote downtown and economic development through public awareness, governmental relations and education at the 2007 Georgia Downtown Conference. Awards to 12 Georgia downtowns and one “above and beyond” downtown advocate were given out before a crowd of nearly 200 downtown advocates.

Cleveland, Greenville And St. Marys Join The Ranks Of Georgia’s Main Street Program   (10/18/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty recently announced the designation of Cleveland, Greenville and St. Marys as Georgia’s newest Main Street City program participants.

Statement Of Governor Perdue Regarding Georgia Delegation’s Legislation To Alleviate Water Crisis   (10/16/2007)


Gunn To Direct Georgia Rural Development Council   (10/10/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the appointment of Candice Gunn as the Georgia Rural Development Council (GRDC)’s new Executive Director. In this capacity, she will work closely with GRDC's members on a number of programmatic initiatives. Gunn’s appointment is effective October 16, 2007. She succeeds DCA Deputy Commissioner Phil Foil, who served as the GRDC’s Executive Director since September 2006. Candice currently serves as a Regional Representative in DCA's Local Government Assistance Division. She will be replaced by Courtney Horton. Horton's appointment is effective November 1, 2007.

Statement Of DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty Regarding The Death Of Barnesville Mayor Dewaine Bell   (10/10/2007)
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HUD Recognizes DCA Commissioner Beatty’s “Extra” Efforts To Expand Georgia’s Affordable Housing Stock   (10/5/2007)
U. S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Atlanta Regional Director Bob Young and several HUD staffers recognized Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty today for his “extra” efforts to improve and increase the state’s affordable housing stock. HUD Director Young presented DCA Commissioner Beatty with a special Certificate of Appreciation as he commended DCA on its use of HUD FHA Insurance Programs in connection with the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. DCA Assistant Commissioner Carmen Chubb and DCA Housing Finance staffers Brenda Bryant and Fenice Taylor were also on hand for the special certificate presentation.

Five New Communities Selected To Participate In DCA’s Signature Community Program    (10/3/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the five newest communities selected to participate in DCA’s Signature Community Program. The communities selected were the City of Calhoun, City of Fayetteville, City of Jesup/ Wayne County, Cities of Valdosta/ Remerton and Wilkinson County/ Cities of Allentown, Danville, Irwinton, Ivey, Gordon, McIntyre and Toomsboro.

Newly-Selected Signature Community Program Participants To Focus On Redevelopment, Revitalization, Planning, Preservation and More   (10/3/2007)
DCA's newly selected Signature Community Program participants -- the City of Calhoun, City of Fayetteville, Wilkinson County/ Cities of Allentown, Danville, Irwinton, Ivey, Gordon, McIntyre and Toomsboro, City of Jesup/ Wayne County and the Cities of Valdosta/ Remerton have selected a wide range of redevelopment, revitalization and preservation program initiatives to focus their efforts on over the next two years.

DCA Awards $16.2 Million In Federal Housing Tax Credits    (9/21/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty recently announced the award of $16.2 million in federal housing tax credits to 30 affordable rental housing developments throughout Georgia. A complete list of the projects is provided at http://www.dca.state.ga.us/housing/HousingDevelopment/programs/OAHApplicantsFundingList.asp.

Jefferson Prepares For Strategic Growth With $600K Road Grant   (9/21/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Ric Peltz, Jefferson Mayor Jim Joiner and other federal, state and local partners recently joined an enthusiastic contingent of Jefferson community stakeholders to celebrate the launch of a strategic access road project. The total $1.4 million project will provide funds to construct a new access road that improves access to the Central Jackson Industrial Park, located in Jefferson. Federal funds of $600,000 will be combined with $832,000 in local funds from the City of Jefferson to complete the project. It has been estimated that this project will support the creation of 150 new jobs and retain 250 existing jobs in the area.

Governor Perdue Launches New Anti-Litter Partnership   (9/14/2007)
Governor Sonny Perdue announced a new partnership to further promote Georgia’s anti-litter campaign. The new partnership will include Pepsi distributors across the state and Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta. Pepsi’s entire fleet of delivery trucks in Georgia will display anti-litter messages featuring the State’s anti-litter mascot, information on Governor Perdue’s Litter. It Costs You. initiative, and Wild Adventures Theme Park and Pepsi logos.

Pomp & Circumstance As Cartersville, Fort Valley, Sylvester, Thomasville, Valdosta and Waycross “Graduate” From the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing Program   (8/21/2007)
DCA Assistant Commissioner Carmen Chubb will present awards to leaders from Cartersville, Fort Valley, Sylvester, Thomasville, Valdosta and Waycross on August 22, 2007 recognizing each community’s completion of the Georgia Initiative for Community (GICH) program. These communities were GICH’s inaugural program participants.

Governor Perdue Announces Nearly $42 Million in Grant Awards   (8/10/2007)
Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that Georgia has been awarded nearly $42 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the state’s Community Development Block Grant Program and Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP). More than $34.2 million allocated for CDBG awards will be used to support projects in 71 Georgia communities. Projects include water and sewer improvements, senior citizen facilities, programs for at-risk children, programs for mentally and physically challenged residents and replacement or rehabilitation of sub-standard and dilapidated housing. A complete list of projects and award amounts is included at the end of the news release. The CDBG program is administered DCA, which uses funds allocated through HUD to support local initiatives that focus on improving living conditions and economic opportunities throughout the state.

DCA Welcomes Three New Board Members -- Copenhaver, Crayton and Stewart Among Recent Gubernatorial Appointments   (8/8/2007)
Over the last three months, DCA has been strengthened with the addition of three new board members - Augusta's Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Macon's Carolyn Crayton and St. Simons' Tommie Stewart. Business. Governor Sonny Perdue previously announced these board appointments in May 2007 and August 2007.

State and Federal Funds of $1.1 Million Awarded to Coastal Georgia Homeless and Housing Support Providers Delivering Essential Services   (7/2/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $7,071,000 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Coastal Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $1,096,300.

State And Federal Funds Of $139,200 Awarded To West Central Georgia Homeless and Housing Support Providers Delivering Essential Services   (7/2/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $7,071,000 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving West Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $139,200.

State And Federal Funds Of $157,900 Awarded To Southwest Georgia Homeless and Housing Support Providers Delivering Essential Services   (7/2/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $7,071,000 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Southwest Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $157,900.

State And Federal Funds Of $191,200 Awarded To Northwest Georgia Homeless and Housing Support Providers Delivering Essential Services   (7/2/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $7,071,000 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Northwest Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $191,200.

State And Federal Funds Of $2.9 Million Awarded To Metro Atlanta Homeless and Housing Support Providers Delivering Essential Services   (7/2/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $7,071,000 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving the Atlanta metropolitan area are slated to receive awards totaling $2,943,200.

State And Federal Funds Of $338,300 Awarded To Southwest Central Georgia Homeless and Housing Support Providers Delivering Essential Services   (7/2/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $7,071,000 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Southwest Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $338,300.

State And Federal Funds Of $343,100 Awarded To East Georgia Homeless and Housing Support Providers Delivering Essential Services   (7/2/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $7,071,000 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Eastern Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $343,100.

State And Federal Funds Of $450,100 Awarded To South Georgia Homeless and Housing Support Providers Delivering Essential Services   (7/2/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $7,071,000 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving South Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $450,100.

State And Federal Funds Of $556,100 Awarded To Northeast Central Georgia Homeless and Housing Support Providers Delivering Essential Services   (7/2/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $7,071,000 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Northeast Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $556,100.

State And Federal Funds Of $669,700 Awarded To Central Georgia Homeless and Housing Support Providers Delivering Essential Services   (7/2/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $7,071,000 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $669,700.

State And Federal Funds Of $89,400 Awarded To Northeast Georgia Homeless and Housing Support Providers Delivering Essential Services   (7/2/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $7,071,000 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Northeast Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $89,400.

State And Federal Funds Of $96,500 Awarded To Southeast Central Georgia Homeless and Housing Support Providers Delivering Essential Services   (7/2/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $7,071,000 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Southeast Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $96,500.

DCA Adds Three “Top Notch” Community Development Veterans To Downtown Development Team    (6/25/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty joined DCA Assistant Commissioner Brian Williamson and Downtown Development Director Billy Parrish to announce the addition of three community development “veterans” to its downtown development staff. Joining the current roster of Martha Reimann and Kelly Folsom-Lane as Downtown Development Representatives are Mary Alice Applegate, Sherry Evans and Niki Knox. DCA's Downtown Representatives report to Jo Childers.

Nearly 80 Georgia Communities Recognized For Downtown Development Excellence   (6/25/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty presented awards to 78 cities recognized for their community’s downtown development programs. The awards were given at the 2007 Georgia Municipal Association Convention.

Citizen Input Sought on State’s Coastal Comprehensive Plan   (5/14/2007)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the state’s Coastal Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee (CCPAC) announce a series of three stakeholder involvement meetings to get citizen input on Georgia’s Coastal Comprehensive Plan. Meetings will be held on May 21 (Savannah), May 22 (Brunswick) and May 24 (Midway).

Georgia Joins The World To Celebrate Compost Awareness Week   (5/3/2007)
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue recently proclaimed May 6-12, 2007 as Georgia Compost Awareness Week. The Georgia Recycling Coalition, DCA and several other groups are joining forces to promote events throughout the state. For more information about the composting industry and special events scheduled for next week, please visit www.compostingcouncil.org, www.ggia.org or www.georgiarecycles.org.

Nearly 100 “Downtown Pros” Complete Comprehensive Main Street 101 Training   (4/25/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty extended “congrats” to nearly 100 Georgia downtown managers that completed a two-day workshop focused on downtown revitalization. Main Street 101 training was held on April 11-13, 2007 in Newnan, GA. DCA’s Office of Downtown Development coordinated the training session for downtown revitalization program representatives from throughout Georgia. For more information on DCA's Main Street and Better Hometown programs, please visit www.mainstreetgeorgia.com.

DCA Receives Speedy “OK” For HUD Waivers   (4/23/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced that DCA had received waivers of certain U. S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) regulations related to the administration of CDBG and HOME programs, to expedite the use of federal HUD funds in areas affected by the recent March 2007 tornadoes in both middle and southwest Georgia.

DCA Taps Blue Ridge’s John Turner To Lead the Georgia Commission On Service and Volunteerism   (4/23/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the appointment of John Turner as Executive Director of the Georgia Commission On Service and Volunteerism. In this capacity, he will lead the agency’s Georgia Americorps program and other related initiatives. John will join DCA on May 1, 2007. He will report to DCA Assistant Commissioner Rick Brooks.

Winner Water Festival Encourages Middle Georgia Students To Learn About Water Resources   (3/21/2007)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty will join Central Georgia Technical College President Dr. Ron Natale, Keep Georgia Beautiful volunteers, other local leaders and nearly 1,200 Georgia fourth-grade students to participate in the state’s 4th annual “Winning Water: Children’s Water Festival.” Festival activities will take place on March 22, 2007 on the campus of Central Georgia Technical College (GGTC) in Macon, GA.

Keep Georgia Beautiful Affiliates To Play Significant Role In State’s 2007 Great American Cleanup Efforts   (3/1/2007)
So, what’s the latest challenge for Georgia's 69 Keep America Beautiful affiliates? Leading thousands of Georgians statewide through projects in support of the upcoming 2007 Great American Cleanup™. Innovative, community building activities have been planned throughout the state. For more information, please visit www.keepgeorgiabeautiful.org.

KGB Gears Up For 2007 Great American Cleanup – New, Statewide Litter Campaign Adds Even More Energy To Popular, Statewide Event   (3/1/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty joined the state’s 69 Keep Georgia Beautiful local affiliates to kickoff the state’s 2007 Great American Cleanup™ activities. Activities will take place between March 1 - May 31, 2007. DCA Commissioner Beatty and the KGB affiliates also called on Georgians to volunteer during the statewide event.

DCA Announces Changes To Board Membership -- Adams Elected Vice Chairman, Blackmon & Nygren Receive Gubernatorial Appointments   (2/22/2007)
In early February 2007, the DCA Board welcomed two new members -- Shaw Blackmon and Steve Nygren -- and elected Albany Mayor Dr. Willie Adams as its new vice chairman.

Record Crowd On Hand For Rural Council’s 2007 Leadership Day    (2/14/2007)
Two days after the Georgia Rural Development Council’s (GRDC) 2007 Leadership Day, the Old Georgia Freight Depot is a lot quieter. That’s quite the contrast to the hustle and bustle of activity and energy generated from the record setting number of 950 Georgians that attended the annual program held on Monday, February 12, 2007. For information about the GRDC, please visit www.ruralgeorgia.org.

6th Annual Georgia Rural Development Council Leadership Day Program Prepares To Welcome Record Crowd   (2/8/2007)
Based on pre-registration data, the Georgia Rural Development Council’s (GRDC) 6th Annual Leadership Day Program will again break the prior year’s attendance records. To date, more than 850 Georgians have pre-registered to attend next week’s program -- scheduled for Monday, Feb. 12, 2007. More than 700 guests attended the very successful 2006 Leadership Day program.

City of Dublin Celebrates Its Selection As A Signature Community   (1/30/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty joined Dublin Mayor Phil Best, DCA Assistant Commissioner Jim Finch, Dublin City Manager George Roussel, DCA Regional Representative Jim Crowdis and several other state and local officials yesterday to celebrate the city’s selection as a Signature Community. The event was held at the McGrath Keen, Sr. Conference Center of the Dublin-Laurens Chamber of Commerce.

City of Barnesville Celebrates Its Selection As A Signature Community   (1/26/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty joined Barnesville Mayor Dewaine Bell, DCA Director Winfred Owens and several other state and local officials to celebrate the city’s selection as a Signature Community.

City of Holly Springs Celebrates Its Selection As A Signature Community   (1/22/2007)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty joined Holly Springs Mayor Tim Downing, DCA Assistant Commissioner Jim Finch and several other state and local officials on January 18, 2007 to celebrate the city’s selection as a Signature Community.


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