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DCA Press Releases: 2005

Georgia Families Called On To “Bring One For The Chipper” And Recycle Christmas Trees After Holiday   (12/23/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty today called on Georgia families to make post-holiday disposal plans for their Christmas trees by participating in the state’s 16th annual “Bring One for the Chipper” recycling program. "Bring One For the Chipper" has more than 360 sites statewide, including many Home Depot stores. For more information, including local drop-off site locations, please call 1-800-CLEANUP or contact one of Georgia’s more than 70 Keep America Beautiful Affiliates. Information will be provided in English or Spanish. Additional program and collection site Information is also available at www.KeepGeorgiaBeautiful.org.

Innovative DreamMacon Homeownership Collaborative Gives New Meaning To “Home For The Holidays”   (12/22/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty and Macon Mayor Jack Ellis joined forces today to celebrate the first home purchased through the DreamMacon homeownership program.

State Legislators Announce $810,000 In Grants To Georgia Communities    (11/30/2005)
The Georgia General Assembly recently announced the award of $810,000 in Local Development Fund grants to 38 Georgia communities.

DCA Funds Strategic Road Improvements In Support of Major Gordon County Employer   (11/28/2005)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of a $500,000 Employment Incentive Program grant to the City of Calhoun. Calhoun officials will leverage DCA grant funds with a $34 million private investment from Mohawk Home to assist with road improvements.

DCA Funds Support Road Improvements and Add Jobs For Banks County   (11/28/2005)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of a $160,000 Employment Incentive Program grant to Banks County. Banks County officials will leverage DCA grant funds with a $1.6 million private investment from Ward Brothers Concrete to cover costs for planned road improvements to North County Line Road.

Hall County Officials Solve The Equation: DCA Grant Funds + Private Investment = More Local Jobs   (11/28/2005)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of a $350,000 Employment Incentive Program grant to Hall County. Hall County officials will leverage DCA grant funds with an $8.3 million private investment from Lanier Cold Storage to construct a rail spur connecting new and existing facilities.

“Above & Beyond” Efforts Of Macon Housing Authority Team Earn 2005 Housing Champion Award    (11/18/2005)
The Macon Housing Authority recieved the Housing Champion Award at the 2005 Magnolia Awards.

Atlanta Housing Authority-Integral Group-Real Estate Strategies Trio Snags 2005 Magnolia Award For Excellence For Affordable Housing    (11/18/2005)
The Atlanta Housing Authority, in partnership with Integral Properties LLC and Real Estate Strategies, received the 2005 Magnolia Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing in the Affordable Rental award category.

Camilla Housing Authority Response To Workforce Housing Needs Garners 2005 Magnolia Award For Excellence in Affordable Housing    (11/18/2005)
The Camilla Housing Authority received the 2005 Magnolia Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing in the Local Government Initiatives award category.

Columbia Residential Relies On Superior Design To Earn The 2005 Magnolia Award For Excellence in Affordable Housing    (11/18/2005)
Columbia Residential received the 2005 Magnolia Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing in the Superior Design award category.

DASH For LaGrange Receives 2005 Magnolia Award For Excellence In Affordable Housing For Innovative Homeownership Programs    (11/18/2005)
DASH for LaGrange received the 2005 Magnolia Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing in the Homeownership awards category.

Macon Housing Authority - Disability Connections Team Up To Receive 2005 Magnolia Award For Excellence in Affordable Housing    (11/18/2005)
The Macon Housing Authority, in partnership with Disability Connections, received the 2005 Magnolia Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing in the Special Needs award category.

The City of Fitzgerald’s Collaborative Partnership Efforts Recognized With 2005 Magnolia Award For Excellence in Affordable Housing    (11/18/2005)
The City of Fitzgerald received the 2005 Magnolia Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing in the Creative Partnerships award category.

Ocilla Receives Georgia’s First Opportunity Zone Designation   (11/3/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty joined local and state officials today to officially recognize Ocilla’s designation as the state’s first Opportunity Zone.

DCA Selects Five Communities For Inaugural “Signature Community” Program   (11/2/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the selection of City of Covington/Newton County, City of Snellville, City of Forsyth, City of Tifton/Tift County and the Cities of St. Mary’s, Kingsland, Woodbine/Camden County as inaugural members of DCA’s Signature Community Program.

Quality Industries Leverages DCA Grant To Compete In Global Economy   (10/28/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty extended congratulations today to Quality Industries and Hart County officials at the company’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ribbon cutting event showcased the company’s Independent-Arm Rotational Molding Machine, which was purchased with proceeds from a $295,176 Employment Incentive Program (EIP) grant awarded to Hart County.

DCA Names Finalists for Statewide Affordable Housing Awards   (10/27/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the finalists for the 2005 Magnolia Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing. In its fifth year, the Magnolia Awards recognize affordable housing achievements in six categories - Affordable Rental, Creative Partnerships, Homeownership, Local Government Initiatives, Special Needs and Superior Design. This year’s awards will be presented at the Housing Georgia 2005 Conference on Thursday, November 17, 2005 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Tybee Island Designated As Georgia’s Newest WaterFirst® Community    (10/27/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the designation of Tybee Island as the state’s seventh WaterFirst® Community. Previously designated WaterFirst® communities include the Columbus Waterworks/ Columbus Consolidated Government, City of Hartwell, Clayton County/ Clayton County Water Authority, Gwinnett County, City of Savannah and Cobb County.

2005 Keep Georgia Beautiful Award Winners Announced   (10/19/2005)
Nearly 500 Georgians were on hand today to attend the 27th Annual Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards Luncheon at the Georgia World Congress Center. Keep Georgia Beautiful recognized individuals and organizations in four major categories: Litter Prevention, Beautification/ Community Improvement, Waste Reduction and Environment Improvement. Five individual achievement awards were also given for Man of The Year, Woman of the Year, Student of the Year, Public Works Employee of the Year and Executive Director of the Year.

Statement of DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty Regarding the Death of Mayor Connie Perry   (10/17/2005)
Statement of DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty Regarding the Death of Mayor Connie Perry Commissioner Mike Beatty issued the following statement today regarding the death of Nashville, GA Mayor Connie Perry: “The board and staff of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Nashville Mayor Connie Perry. Mayor Perry was a great community leader and a tremendous public servant. During her tenure on DCA’s Board, Mayor Perry represented her community and rural Georgia with distinction. The entire Perry family remains in our prayers.” Constance "Connie" Tate Perry was appointed to DCA’s Board in September 2004 by Governor Sonny Perdue. Beyond her service as Mayor of the City of Nashville, she served on the Georgia Rural Water Legislative Committee and the Berrien County Public Health Board. Perry also served on the Oxford College Board of Counselors. She previously served on the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute Board and was involved in the creation of the Better Hometown Program. Perry graduated from Emory University. # # #

DCA Awards Low Income Housing Tax Credits To 34 Affordable Rental Developments Statewide   (10/12/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty recently announced the award of $18.2 million in federal low income housing tax credits to the developers of 34 affordable housing developers throughout Georgia.

DCA and City Of Albany Officials Announce DreamAlbany Homeownership Program    (10/7/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced yesterday the City of Albany’s selection as the sixth and newest partner in the state’s “DreamCity” homeownership program. DreamAlbany will target the city’s low and moderate income homebuyers who desire to purchase a home in targeted neighborhoods or throughout the city. The City of Albany joins Brunswick, Columbus, Macon, Savannah and Valdosta as DCA's other DreamCity program partners.

DCA Introduces Affordable Advantage First Mortgage Product For Georgia’s First Time Homebuyers   (10/6/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the launch of Affordable Advantage, the newest first mortgage product offering under the state's Georgia Dream Homeownership Program.

HONORS Program To Boost Homeownership Opportunities For Families of Georgia’s Fallen Protectors    (10/6/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the launch of HONORS, a new program aimed at increasing home ownership opportunities among surviving spouses of military personnel or other “protectors,” including law enforcement, fire and emergency services personnel.

PEN Homebuyer Loan Program Expanded To Include Georgia Military Personnel    (10/6/2005)
“Now, Georgians who are members of our nation’s armed forces will have access to PEN funds to use towards down payment, closing costs, prepaid expenses and/or principal reduction. We are hopeful that this important program will provide the resources needed by our military community to own homes in the Georgia communities they call home,” added Beatty.

GEORGIAHOUSINGSEARCH.ORG Ready To Link Georgians To Rental Housing Statewide   (9/26/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the unveiling of GeorgiaHousingSearch.Org, a new website designed to link Georgians with a wide range of rental housing choices. The website was developed by DCA and NPI/Socialserve.com.

DCA Redevelopment Loan Continues Zebulon’s Downtown Renovation Efforts   (9/20/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of a $344,496 loan to The City of Zebulon to support the renovation of four buildings located on the historic Courthouse Square.

Governor Perdue Announces Approval of IRS Housing Waiver    (9/16/2005)
The temporary IRS waiver of these requirements immediately expands the quantity of units available to Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Property owners statewide that have accessed Georgia’s low-income tax credits can now make affordable rental housing available to some of our state’s newest residents without the typical income and residency verification requirements. For more information, please visit DCA’s Rental Access Network at www.dca.state.ga.us/rentalaccessnetwork.

DCA's Qualified Allocation Plan Earns Top Ranking In Global Green’s National Study   (8/31/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty applauded today advance study results to be released in September 2005 by Global Green USA that ranks DCA among the nation’s leaders in promoting sustainable development by ranking its Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) as one of the “greenest” in the nation.

Governor Perdue Announces More Than $40 Million in HUD Grants   (8/17/2005)
Governor Sonny Perdue announced that Georgia has been awarded more than $40 million in federal grants from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP).

Governor Perdue Announces New Leadership for Rural Development Council   (8/17/2005)
Governor Sonny Perdue announced yesterday the appointment of Roy Campbell as Vice Chairman of the Georgia Rural Development Council (GRDC). The appointment was announced at the August 16th GRDC meeting in Armuchee, Georgia. Mr. Campbell replaces Monticello Mayor Susan Holmes, who served for two years.

DCA and Grady County Leaders Join Forces To Transform Historic, Blighted Manufacturing Plant Into New Commercial Space   (8/16/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of a $500,000 loan to The City of Cairo to support the purchase and renovation of the former Roddenberry Company processing plant.

DCA Funds Support LaGrange’s Ongoing Downtown Redevelopment Efforts   (8/16/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of a $100,000 loan to The City of LaGrange and Downtown LaGrange Development Authority to support the renovation of a former residence in the historic downtown area.

DCA Waste Characterization Study Unveiled: Household “Garbage” Holds Value As Raw Materials For Key Georgia Industries   (8/15/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty applauded the recent release of a comprehensvie study regarding the state’s solid waste practices. DCA Environmental Management Director Randy Hartmann presented key findings from the “Georgia Statewide Waste Characterization Study” at the Georgia Recycling Coalition’s annual conference. “Georgia industries spend millions to buy and ship raw materials for their manufacturing processes. At the same time, Georgia residents and businesses are paying millions of dollars to dispose of the same kinds of materials,” said Commissioner Beatty. “Today, when DCA Director Randy Hartmann unveils this important study, local leaders will have verifiable data that confirms what public and private sector recycling experts in Georgia have long suspected; that there is ample opportunity to increase waste diversion here at home.”

DCA Waste Study Identifies Georgia's Top Recyclable Items: Comprehensive Study Highlights Recycled Value of Household Items To Georgia Industries   (8/15/2005)
The study shows that 2.6 million tons, nearly 40%, of the municipal solid waste that Georgians throw away are commonly recyclable materials with a market value topping $250 million. Instead of recycling for use within the state, Georgia residents and businesses are spending nearly $90 million annually to dispose of these same materials.

Governor Perdue Announces Appointment of New DCA Board Member   (8/9/2005)
Governor Sonny Perdue announced yesterday the appointment of Aaron S. McWhorter as the Eighth Congressional District Representative to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Board. He replaces Howard Pendleton, whose term expired July 1, 2005.

Sylvester Leaders Solve The Equation: DCA Grant Funds + Private Investment = More Local Jobs    (8/3/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of a $232,964 Employment Incentive Program grant to the City of Sylvester. Sylvester officials will loan grant proceeds to the Southland Technologies. DCA funds will be leveraged with a $1.1 million private investment from the company to cover construction and administrative costs for a new 12,000 square foot office building. The new building will allow Southland Technologies to consolidate its three Sylvester, GA offices into a single location. Company officials project that its consolidated operation will create 30 new full-time positions for low- and moderate-income citizens.

Cobb County Designated As Georgia’s Newest WaterFirst® Community    (7/28/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the designation of Cobb County as the state’s sixth WaterFirst® Community. This designation officially recognizes Cobb County’s commitment to excellence in water resource management and stewardship. The community was formally recognized in a ceremony today.

Governor Perdue Announces Appointment of New DCA Board Member   (7/26/2005)
Governor Sonny Perdue announced yesterday the appointment of Clifford "Cliff" H. Sheppard, Jr. as the Third Congressional District Representative to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Board. He replaces Norman "N.L." Yates, whose term expired July 1, 2005.

Pelham Leaders Solve The Equation: DCA Grant Funds + Private Investment = More Local Jobs    (7/25/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of a $180,000 Employment Incentive Program grant to the City of Pelham. Pelham officials will loan grant proceeds to the Pelham City Economic Authority (Authority). The Authority will leverage these funds with a $2.4 million private investment from Southern Gin to cover land acquisition, construction, working capital and machinery and equipment costs for the warehouse. The new 13,200 square foot cotton seed warehouse expects to provide 18 full-time jobs for low- and moderate-income citizens.

Thomson Leaders Solve The Equation: DCA Grant Funds + Private Investment = More Local Jobs    (7/25/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of a $360,400 Employment Incentive Program grant to the City of Thomson. Grant proceeds will assist Pelzer Acoustic Products, LLC (Pelzer Acoustic) with its acquisition of a vacant manufacturing building. Thomson officials will loan grant proceeds to Pelzer Acoustic to complete its acquisition and rehabilitation of a vacant 124,462 square foot manufacturing building. Pelzer Acoustic will also contribute more than $1.8 million in private funds to this project. Local officials estimate that Pelzer’s expanded operations will add 38 full-time jobs for low- and moderate-income citizens.

DCA Funds Support Bowdon’s Ongoing Downtown Redevelopment Efforts   (7/18/2005)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of a $145,000 loan to The City of Bowdon/ Development Authority of the City of Bowdon to support the renovation of the former Bowdon hardware building. Upon completion of its renovation, the former hardware store will house two loft–style apartments on the upper level and two retail/ commercial tenants on the lower level.

DCA Joins Ocilla-Irwin County Leaders At Groundbreaking Ceremony Celebrating Transformation of Blighted Brownfield Area Into New Motel   (7/12/2005)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) joined leaders and legislators from Ocilla and Irwin County today to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 24-room, $950,000 motel.

Governor Perdue Announces Reappointment of Two DCA Board Members   (7/12/2005)
Governor Perdue announced yesterday the reappointment of DCA Board Members Walter "Walt" Huntley and J. Billy Croker.

DCA Announces $5.5 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians   (7/7/2005)
Local agencies serving Northwest Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $126,000.

DCA Announces $5.5 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians   (7/7/2005)
Local agencies serving Northeast Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $24,000.

DCA Announces $5.5 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians   (7/7/2005)
Local agencies serving the Atlanta metropolitan area are slated to receive awards totaling $2,317,400.

DCA Announces $5.5 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians   (7/7/2005)
Local agencies serving West Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $88,500.

DCA Announces $5.5 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians   (7/7/2005)
Local agencies serving Northeast Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $296,400.

DCA Announces $5.5 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians   (7/7/2005)
Local agencies serving Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $406,500.

DCA Announces $5.5 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians   (7/7/2005)
Local agencies serving Eastern Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $315,500.

DCA Announces $5.5 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians   (7/7/2005)
Local agencies serving Southwest Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $298,200.

DCA Announces $5.5 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians   (7/7/2005)
Local agencies serving Southeast Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $85,000.

DCA Announces $5.5 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians   (7/7/2005)
Local agencies serving Southwest Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $106,200.

DCA Announces $5.5 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians   (7/7/2005)
Local agencies serving South Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $368,400.

DCA Announces $5.5 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians   (7/7/2005)
Local agencies serving Coastal Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $1,093,100.

DCA Announces Appointments to Coastal Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee    (7/7/2005)
The 35-member CCPAC is comprised of 31 residents from Georgia’s coastal counties – Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh and three members from outside the state’s six-county coastal region. DCA Commissioner Beatty will serve as CCPAC chairman.

A Winning Combination for Rural Georgia Homebuyers   (6/28/2005)
Commissioner Mike Beatty and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) today announced an agreement with USDA Rural Development to increase the availability of affordable mortgage financing and down payment assistance to provide more rural families the opportunity to achieve the dream of homeownership.

DCA Statement Regarding Walton Co. Section 8 Fraud Indictment   (6/28/2005)
Mike Beatty, Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) issued the following statement regarding the June 24, 2005 indictment of eight individuals charged with theft of services from the state’s Section 8 Rental Assistance program:

DCA Announces “DreamSavannah”   (6/27/2005)
Commissioner Mike Beatty and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) today announced that DreamSavannah will be the newest “DreamCity” partnership in Georgia.

Valdosta Families Get Recovery Support   (6/17/2005)
Groundbreaking ceremonies held today in Valdosta mark a fresh start for people with alcohol and drug addiction problems and their families.

Housing Activities Funded for Southwest Georgia   (6/15/2005)
Southwest Georgia Regional Development Center (RDC), as the lead partner of the Southwest Georgia Housing Task Force (Task Force), has received funding from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for a range of housing activities during Fiscal Year 2006.

Housing Studies Funded for Seven Georgia Communities    (6/15/2005)
In an effort to assist local governments with determining their housing needs, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will provide for housing assessments in seven Georgia communities during Fiscal Year 2006.

Regional Housing Workshop Funded for Northwest Georgia    (6/15/2005)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will provide funding for a one-day housing workshop to be held in northwest Georgia during the winter of 2006.

Building Renovation Bribgs Back Child Care Center   (6/13/2005)
DCA Funds Building Renovation for Child Care in Eatonton

THOMSON CLEANS CARPETS TO LURE INDUSTRY   (6/7/2005)
DCA Funds Redevelopment In Thomson

SHELLMAN GETS NEW HEALTH CLINIC   (5/25/2005)
DCA awards Shellman $215,586 in Redevelopment Funds

OLD GRIFFIN BOTTLING COMPANY GETS NEW USE   (5/23/2005)
EIP loan funds rennovation, reuse of building in Griffin

POULTRY INVESTMENT CREATES 160 JOBS IN ADEL   (5/20/2005)
DCA grant provides infrastructure to Sanderson Farms location.

Mortgage Payment Protection for Ga's First Time Home Buyers   (4/21/2005)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced today that it will partner with Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) to bring HomeOpenerssm MonthlyPlus to its Georgia Dream Homeownership Program applicants.

Quality Water for Quality Growth -- The Upper Flint River Summit   (4/19/2005)
Commissioner Mike Beatty is pleased to announce Quality Water for Quality Growth – The Upper Flint River Summit.

Coastal Development Plan Committee Sought   (3/30/2005)
Commissioner Mike Beatty is establishing a Coastal Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CCPAC) to assist the Department in the preparation of the Coastal Comprehensive Master Development Plan (CMDP).

Op Ed - Commissioner Mike Beatty   (3/17/2005)
Community Development incentives should be locally driven

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs kicks off    (2/17/2005)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is Set to Kickoff the First in its “DreamCity” Partnerships – “DreamMacon”


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