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DCA Press Releases: 2008

Celebrate The New Year With Your Support Of The Nation’s LARGEST Holiday Tree Recycling Event   (12/31/2008)
Hey, Georgia…let’s begin 2009 with an exciting environmental celebration. While we’re at it, let’s make the celebration statewide, enjoyable and a fun experience for Georgia citizens of all ages. And, let’s make it free! Keep Georgia Beautiful (KGB), the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and a strong volunteer corps will join forces to host Bring One for the Chipper, the nation’s largest Christmas tree recycling party. Chipper is scheduled for THIS Saturday, January 3, 2009 - with locations statewide.

Keep Georgia Beautiful Invites You To The Nation’s Largest Christmas Tree Recycling Party    (12/24/2008)
Keep Georgia Beautiful (KGB), the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and a strong volunteer corps will join forces to host Bring One for the Chipper, the nation’s largest Christmas tree recycling party. Chipper is scheduled for Saturday, January 3, 2009 - with locations statewide. Georgians are encouraged to visit www.earth911.org or call 1-800-CLEAN-UP to locate the most convenient drop-off site.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs Awarded Additional Homeowner Foreclosure Counseling Grant of $1.45 Million   (12/19/2008)
In early December, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) was notified that the state agency had been awarded a second federal grant of $1,440,690 to support ongoing and expanded foreclosure prevention counseling efforts. In March 2008, DCA was awarded an initial $887,004 grant for the same purpose.

Georgia Takes Action To Fight Carbon Monoxide-Related Injuries & Deaths   (12/19/2008)
All Georgia homes have one or more smoke detectors. Ever wonder if these same homes have carbon monoxide detectors? If they don’t, they should. Effective January 1, 2009, carbon monoxide detectors will be required in all new one- & two-family homes and townhomes of three stories or less.

DCA & Statewide Partners Announce 2009 Homeless Count   (12/15/2008)
During the last week in January 2009, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will partner with communities around the state to conduct a count of homeless families and individuals in Georgia.

2008 Magnolia Awards Celebrate Affordable Housing Excellence Statewide    (12/5/2008)
Nearly 400 housing experts and advocates gathered in late November to attend the 2008 Housing Georgia Conference and Magnolia Awards Luncheon at the Georgia International Convention Center. The conference and luncheon were held on November 20, 2008.

DCA Announces Public Hearing to Discuss State’s Implementation of Neighborhood Stabilization Plan Funds   (11/13/2008)
DCA announced plans to host a public hearing for the state’s citizens to provide comments regarding the proposed CDBG Substantial Action Plan Amendment for the new Neighborhood Stabilization Program (amendment to DCA’s 2008 HUD Action Plan). The Hearing will be on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 10:00 AM at DCA's Atlanta headquarters.

Keep Georgia Beautiful Celebrates 30 Years of Award Winning Programs   (10/27/2008)
More than 300 Georgians attended the 30th Annual Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at the Fox Theatre. The annual program honored individuals and organizations working to improve Georgia’s environment. For more information, visit www.keepgeorgiabeautiful.com.

DCA Awards More Than $20 Million In Federal Housing Tax Credits To 35 Affordable Rental Developments Statewide   (10/10/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the award of more than $20 million in federal housing tax credits to 35 affordable rental housing developments throughout Georgia. A complete project list is available at http://www.dca.state.ga.us/housing/HousingDevelopment/programs/OAHApplicantsFundingList.asp.

DCA Announces Public Hearings To Discuss Georgia’s Affordable Housing & Community Development Needs   (10/1/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a series of public hearings for the state’s citizens to provide comments regarding the how federal, state, local and private funds should be used to address Georgia’s affordable housing and community development needs.

DCA Requests Public Comment On The Consolidated Plan Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)   (9/10/2008)
Public comments on the State's Consolidated Plan Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for State Fiscal Year 2008 are requested by 9/23/08.

DCA Loan Funds Effort To Revive Downtown Griffin Landmark   (9/2/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty recently announced the award of a $250,000 loan to the Downtown Development Authority of the City of Griffin to support the renovation of the former Griffin Hotel.

DCA Loan Funds Transition From Furniture Store To Financial Services Office In Downtown LaGrange   (9/2/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the recent closing of a $250,000 loan to the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority to support the acquisition and renovation of a former furniture store. The newly renovated property now houses Ellis & Ellis Investment Management, a financial services firm.

Heiskell, Nygren and Williamson Reappointed To DCA Board   (8/28/2008)
Governor Sonny Perdue recently announced the reappointment of Bebe Heiskell, Steve Nygren and Bruce Williamson to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Board. With the reappointment, their board terms were extended to July 1, 2013.

Communities Of Opportunity Initiative Begins Statewide Rollout   (8/22/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty and Georgia Rural Development Council Vice Chairman Roy Campbell announced plans for the statewide rollout of the Community of Opportunity (Co-Op) initiative. For more information on Co-Op, please visit www.dca.state.ga.us or www.ruralgeorgia.org.

“Step 3” Done As Quitman Receives Opportunity Zone Designation   (8/11/2008)
With strong support from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Board, DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the designation of the cities of Quitman and Monroe as the state’s newest Opportunity Zone communities. The announcement was made during DCA’s August 2008 Board Meeting in Atlanta.

Monroe Redevelopment Plans Garner Opportunity Zone Designation   (8/11/2008)
With strong support from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Board, DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the designation of the cities of Monroe and Quitman as the state’s newest Opportunity Zone communities. The announcement was made during DCA’s August 2008 Board Meeting in Atlanta.

It’s ‘Pomp & Circumstance’ As Cities of Kingsland, St. Marys, Woodbine and Camden County Earn Official Signature Community Designation   (7/29/2008)
On Tuesday, July 22, 2008, local leaders and residents representing the inaugural Signature Community Program participants of the City of Covington-Newton County, City of Forsyth, Cites of Kingsland/ St. Marys/ Woodbine-Camden County, City of Snellville and City of Tifton-Tift County traveled to the State Capitol to meet with Governor Sonny Perdue, DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty, DCA Deputy Commissioner Jim Finch, DCA Regional Services Director Winfred Owens, DCA Signature Program Coordinator Patrice Williams and several other community and government officials to celebrate their completion of the rigorous program.

It’s ‘Pomp & Circumstance’ As City of Covington and Newton County Earn Official Signature Community Designation   (7/29/2008)
On Tuesday, July 22, 2008, local leaders and residents representing the inaugural Signature Community Program participants of the City of Covington-Newton County, City of Forsyth, Cites of Kingsland/ St. Marys/ Woodbine-Camden County, City of Snellville and City of Tifton-Tift County traveled to the State Capitol to meet with Governor Sonny Perdue, DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty, DCA Deputy Commissioner Jim Finch, DCA Regional Services Director Winfred Owens, DCA Signature Program Coordinator Patrice Williams and several other community and government officials to celebrate completion of the rigorous program.

It’s ‘Pomp & Circumstance’ As City of Forsyth Earns Official Signature Community Designation   (7/29/2008)
On Tuesday, July 22, 2008, local leaders and residents representing the inaugural Signature Community Program participants of the City of Covington-Newton County, City of Forsyth, Cites of Kingsland/ St. Marys/ Woodbine-Camden County, City of Snellville and City of Tifton-Tift County traveled to the State Capitol to meet with Governor Sonny Perdue, DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty, DCA Deputy Commissioner Jim Finch, DCA Regional Services Director Winfred Owens, DCA Signature Program Coordinator Patrice Williams and several other community and government officials to celebrate their completion of the rigorous program.

It’s ‘Pomp & Circumstance’ As City of Snellville Earns Official Signature Community Designation   (7/29/2008)
On Tuesday, July 22, 2008, local leaders and residents representing the inaugural Signature Community Program participants of the City of Covington-Newton County, City of Forsyth, Cites of Kingsland/ St. Marys/ Woodbine-Camden County, City of Snellville and City of Tifton-Tift County traveled to the State Capitol to meet with Governor Sonny Perdue, DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty, DCA Deputy Commissioner Jim Finch, DCA Regional Services Director Winfred Owens, DCA Signature Program Coordinator Patrice Williams and several other community and government officials to celebrate their completion of the rigorous program.

It’s ‘Pomp & Circumstance’ As City of Tifton and Tift County Earn Official Signature Community Designation   (7/29/2008)
On Tuesday, July 22, 2008, local leaders and residents representing the inaugural Signature Community Program participants of the City of Covington-Newton County, City of Forsyth, Cites of Kingsland/ St. Marys/ Woodbine-Camden County, City of Snellville and City of Tifton-Tift County traveled to the State Capitol to meet with Governor Sonny Perdue, DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty, DCA Deputy Commissioner Jim Finch, DCA Regional Services Director Winfred Owens, DCA Signature Program Coordinator Patrice Williams and several other community and government officials to celebrate their completion of the rigorous program.

Georgia Volunteers Contribute More Than 230 Million Hours of Service Annually    (7/28/2008)
The Corporation for National and Community Service released its 2008 Volunteering in America Report (www.VolunteeringInAmerica.gov) which looks at national volunteering trends -- in states and large & mid-sized cities. Based on report data, Georgia residents had an average of 33.1 volunteer hours per capita per year, with 1.7 million volunteers dedicating service to their state per year. The "value" of Georgians' volunteerism was nearly $4.5 billion per year.

DCA Commissioner Beatty, South Rome Redevelopment Corporation & Other Local Partners Join Forces To Train Community’s Next Generation of Servant Leaders   (7/21/2008)
On Monday, July 21, 2008, DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty, ARC Manager James Thompson, South Rome Redevelopment Corporation (SRRC) board members, local business, civic and government leaders gathered to recognize the success of the community’s newly launched Servant Leadership Academy. Nearly 40 local students, from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia members from grades 4-6, are participating in the nine-week summer program.

DCA, KSU & State Housing Trust Fund Unveil “Homeless In Georgia 2008”   (7/16/2008)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless (State Housing Trust Fund), Kennesaw State University (KSU) and a number of other partners collaborated to look at homelessness statewide. The report, Homeless In Georgia 2008, offers an overview of the state’s homeless problem and what is being done to address it. A full copy of the study is available on DCA’s website at http://www.dca.state.ga.us/housing/SpecialNeeds/publications/homelessReport08lowRes.pdf.

Nearly $2.5 Million Targeted For Georgia’s AmeriCorps Programs   (7/7/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty and the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism (GCSV) recently announced the award of nearly $2.5 million in funding for AmeriCorps programs. Funds will be used to support 2008-2009 program efforts.

DCA Announces $6.7 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians   (7/2/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $6,742,000 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Local agencies serving Coastal Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $871,300. Both state and federal monies will fund awards.

Jesup And Wayne County Celebrate Signature Community Program Selection   (6/20/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty joined Jesup Mayor Herb Shaw, Wayne County Chairman James “Boots” Thomas, Wayne County Administrator Mike Deal, Jesup City Manager Onda Woodard and Jesup Downtown Development Director Crystal Gill, DCA Director Winfred Owens, DCA Regional Representative Jim Crowdis and several other state and local officials to celebrate the community’s Signature Community Program selection. Official program participation documents were signed Friday, June 20, 2008 during an event held at Sybil’s Restaurant in Jesup.

Allentown, Danville, Irwinton, Ivey, Gordon, McIntyre, Toomsboro and Wilkinson County Celebrate Signature Community Program Selection   (6/19/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty joined Allentown, Danville, Irwinton, Ivey, Gordon, McIntyre, Toomsboro and Wilkinson County leaders, DCA Director Winfred Owens, DCA Regional Representative JoAnna Banks and several other state and local officials to celebrate the community’s Signature Community Program selection. Official program participation documents were signed Thursday, June 19, 2008 during an event held at the Wilkinson County Courthouse in Irwinton.

DCA Requests Public Input On The State’s Analysis of Impediments To Fair Housing Choice Document   (6/19/2008)
DCA requests public comment on the State’s Analysis of Impediments To Fair Housing Choice draft document. The document covers fiscal years 2008 through 2012. Copies of the document are available at http://www.dca.state.ga.us/communities/CommunityInitiatives/programs/downloads/AIFinal_04.pdf. Copies of the draft may also be requested by contacting DCA by telephone - (404) 679-5293/ (800) 736-1155 (TDD) – or email to Lolita Collins at lcollins@dca.state.ga.us. Comments are due on or before Monday, July 14, 2008 at 5:00 PM.

DCA Announces Senior Staff Changes   (6/12/2008)
Jim Finch elevated to Deputy Commissioner. Deputy Commissioner Foil to focus on strategic planning. Bill Swaim to serve as Chief Of Staff. Changes effective July 1, 2008.

DCA Elects Sheppard As New Board Chairman - Croker To Serve As Vice Chairman and Dean To Serve As Secretary   (6/11/2008)
At its June 2008 meeting, the DCA Board elected H. Clifford Sheppard, Jr., James “Billy” Croker and Nathan Dean as the new chairman, vice chairman and secretary, respectively. Previously, Dr. Willie Adams, H. Clifford Sheppard, Jr. and James “Billy” Croker served as the board’s chairman, vice chairman and secretary, respectively. The newly elected officers assume their positions on July 1, 2008.

Calhoun Celebrates Signature Community Program Selection   (5/5/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty joined Calhoun Mayor Jimmy Palmer, Calhoun City Administrator Eddie Peterson, DCA Director Winfred Owens, DCA Regional Representative Leamon Scott and several other state and local officials to celebrate the city’s Signature Community Program selection. Official program participation documents were signed Monday, May 5, 2008 during an event held at the Calhoun Depot.

Oconee County Designated As Georgia’s Thirteenth WaterFirst® Community   (4/16/2008)
There was nothing unlucky about “13” as DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the designation of Oconee County as the state’s thirteenth WaterFirst® Community. This designation officially recognized Oconee County’s commitment to excellence in water resource management and stewardship. The community was formally recognized in a ceremony on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at Watkinsville’s Maison Bleu Restaurant.

Valdosta and Remerton Celebrate Signature Community Program Selection   (4/14/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty joined Remerton Mayor Cornelius Holsendolph, Valdosta Mayor Pro Tem Willie T. Head, Jr., DCA Director Winfred Owens, DCA Regional Representative Scott Purvis, State Representative Amy Carter and several other state and local officials to celebrate the cities’ Signature Community Program selection. Official program participation documents were signed Thursday, April 10, 2008 during an event held at the Valdosta City Hall Annex.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Valdosta Mayor Pro Tem Willie T. Head, Jr. and DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty To Visit New Homeowner & Graduate Of Family Self Sufficiency Program   (4/8/2008)


Keep Georgia Beautiful & Georgia District Kiwanis International Announce “Green Is The New Red, White & Blue” Community Service Campaign   (3/26/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty and Governor - Georgia District Kiwanis International Mick Maguire unveiled “Green Is The New Red, White & Blue,” a new, statewide partnership between Keep Georgia Beautiful (KGB) and Georgia Kiwanis. As its first event, the partnership will coordinate Georgia Kiwanis and local Keep Georgia Beautiful affiliates in a statewide, one day community clean-up effort on Saturday, April 19, 2008.

DCA & Local Housing Counseling Partners Co-Host Foreclosure Counseling Kick-Off Events In Gainesville and Rome   (3/21/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced that the agency will join with its housing counseling partners, local leaders and other interested stakeholders to host foreclosure prevention/ counseling events in Gainesville and Rome. The Gainesville event is scheduled for March 26, 2008. The Rome event is scheduled for March 27, 2008.

DCA Life Sciences Facilities Fund Program Completes $2M Loan To Emerging Medical Device Development Company CardioMEMS, Inc.    (3/20/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the closing of a $2,000,000 loan to CardioMEMS, Inc. through its Life Sciences Facilities Fund (LSFF) Program. CardioMEMS, Inc. (CardioMEMS) is a privately-held, Atlanta-based medical device development company. The funds will be loaned to CardioMEMS to purchase high-tech laboratory equipment for use in its new research and headquarters facility.

Winning Water Festival Encourages Southeast Georgia Students To Learn About Water Resources    (3/19/2008)
DCA staffers, Georgia Southern University President Bruce Grube and Keep Georgia Beautiful volunteers hosted approximately 860 Georgia fourth grade students at the state’s 5th annual Winning Water: Children’s Water Festival. Festival activities were held on Wednesday, March 19, 2007 on the campus of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA.

DCA & Local Housing Counseling Partners Co-Host Foreclosure Counseling Kick-Off Events Statewide   (3/11/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced five upcoming foreclosure prevention/ counseling events throughout Georgia. DCA will co-host the sessions with some of its local housing counseling agency partners. Kick-off events have been scheduled from March 17-27, 2008 in Albany, Macon, Augusta, Brunswick and Rome.

Georgia Receives $887K For Homeowner Foreclosure Counseling Services   (3/3/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty was recently notified that the state agency had been awarded $887,004 to support foreclosure prevention counseling efforts.

Tifton Selected For Georgia’s Third Opportunity Zone Designation    (2/27/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty recently announced the designation of Tifton as the state’s third Opportunity Zone community. The announcement was made during DCA’s February 2008 Board Meeting in Atlanta. Tifton City Manager Mike Vollmer and Downtown Development Authority/ Main Street Program Executive Director Lequrica Gaskins were on hand for the “great news” announcement.

Keep Georgia Beautiful Gears Up For 2008 Great American Cleanup   (2/22/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the kickoff of the state’s 2008 Great American Cleanup™ (GAC) activities. National and statewide activities will continue through May 31, 2008. Coordinated nationally by Keep America Beautiful, the GAC is the national’s largest community improvement program. For more info on Georgia events, visit www.KeepGeorgiaBeautiful.org or call (800) CLEANUP.

Georgia Rural Development Council Prepares To Host 2008 Leadership Day   (2/6/2008)
More than 800 citizens have have pre-registered to attend the Georgia Rural Development Council’s (GRDC) 7th Annual Leadership Day Program. The event is scheduled for Monday, February 11, 2008 at the Old Freight Depot in Atlanta.

DCA Announces Final Round Of Coastal Comprehensive Plan Public Input Workshops -- DATE CORRECTION FOR SAVANNAH   (1/22/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the final round of public input workshops for Georgia’s citizens to provide comments on the state’s Coastal Comprehensive Plan. Meetings have been scheduled for Brunswick (1/28/08), Savannah (1/29/08)and Midway (1/31/08).

DCA Announces Final Round Of Coastal Comprehensive Plan Public Input Workshops   (1/11/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the final round of public input workshops for Georgia’s citizens to provide comments on the state’s Coastal Comprehensive Plan. Meetings have been scheduled for Brunswick (1/28/08), Savannah (1/30/08)and Midway (1/31/08).

DCA Welcomes Appalachian Regional Commission’s Energy Conference To Georgia   (1/11/2008)
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is partnering with the State of Georgia, the Coosa Valley Regional Development Center and the Georgia Clean Cities Commission to sponsor the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies conference. The conference will be held in Rome, GA on January 23-25, 2008.

Blairsville Named Georgia’s Newest “Better Hometown” Community   (1/10/2008)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty and Mayor Jim Conley recently announced the designation of Blairsville as Georgia’s newest Main Street City program participant.

Statement of DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty Regarding The Passage of Georgia’s Statewide Water Plan   (1/9/2008)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) applauds the passage of Georgia’s first Statewide Water Plan. Yesterday’s action represented a historic first step in planning for Georgia’s future and ensuring that we have the needed water resources for that future.


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