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Community & Economic Development

Community & Economic Development

The SGRC’s Community & Economic Development Division provides technical assistance to local governments in identifying projects to improve community programs and facilities in the areas of street paving and drainage, water and sewer, public buildings, neighborhood revitalization, streetscape and pedestrian facilities, as well as police and fire department facilities, equipment, and vehicles; and developing related grant and loan applications, and administering funded projects. This division’s activities are designed to promote regional economic development, to assist local communities in increasing their economic development capacity, identify funding to assist with the location and expansion of new and existing industry, and to facilitate activities which encourage business development and job creation in order to enhance the standard of living for area residents. The SGRC’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) identifies problems and barriers to economic development, and proposes strategies to overcome these barriers.

Programs and Grants

• Community Development Block Grants (CDBG/CDBG-EIP/CDBG-RDF/CDBG-ITAD)

• OneGeorgia Authority Equity & Edge Grant/Loan Programs

• Economic Development Administration (EDA) Public Works Grant Program

• USDA Public Facilities and Rural Business Development Grant/Loan Programs

• DNR Recreational Trails Program & Land & Water Conservation Fund(LWCF) Grants

• Dept. of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grant Program

• FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program

• Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Grant/Loan Programs

• And a variety of other grants/loans

CEDS Regional Planning

The Southern Georgia Regional Commission's (SGRC) CEDS is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic road map to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. The SGRC CEDS will analyze the regional economy and serve as a guide for establishing regional goals and objectives, a regional plan of action, and the investment priorities and funding sources. The SGRC CEDS is a regionally-owned strategy that is the result of a continuing economic development planning process developed with regional public and private sector participation.

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