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DCA Press Releases: 2006

Georgia Families Called On To “Bring One For The Chipper” And Recycle Christmas Trees After Holiday    (12/20/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty called on Georgia families to make “environmentally-friendly” post-Christmas disposal plans by participating in the state’s 17th annual Bring One for the Chipper recycling program. 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 2006-post holiday efforts, nearly 380 tree collection sites will be available statewide, including 145 in the metropolitan Atlanta area. As days of operation for collection sites vary, Georgians are encouraged to visit www.KeepGeorgiaBeautiful.org or call (800) CLEAN-UP for the most up-to-date information. Since its inception in 1991, Keep Georgia Beautiful’s Bring One for the Chipper program has collected nearly 4.5 million trees and provided over 1 million tree seedlings to program participants. More than 226,600 trees were recycled statewide in 2006.

Georgia Housing And Finance Authority To Issue $40 Million In Housing Bonds   (11/27/2006)
The Georgia Housing & Finance Authority (GHFA) is scheduled to price its $40,000,000 2006 Series C Housing Bonds on November 29, 2006 and November 30, 2006.

“Above, Beyond & Then Some” Efforts Of The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Earn 2006 Housing Champion Award    (11/17/2006)
The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta was recognized as DCA's 2006 Housing Champion. Said DCA Commissioner Beatty: “A new standard of excellence has been set. We extend congratulations to the leadership of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and its partner agencies for showing us how to make a difference. Real solutions to real problems, one day at a time, coordinating the efforts of diverse partners – all are championship moves. Your service to your community, state and nation are sincerely appreciated.”

Long-Term Commitment To Affordable Housing Nets Terry Ball DCA’s Leadership and Service Award    (11/17/2006)
Terry Ball’s long-term commitment to affordable housing was recognized with DCA's Leadership and Service Award. Mr. Ball becomes the award’s fourth recipient. He currently serves as the Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s (GEMA) Assistant Director of Programs.

DCA’S HOME ACCESS Program To Provide $300,000 To Make Homes More Accessible For Georgians With Disabilities   (10/17/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty recently announced $300,000 in available funding to help make homes more accessible for Georgians with disabilities. Funds may be used to complete a number of modifications and modification projects may not exceed $15,000 per home.

KGB Luncheon Attendees Ready To Tackle Georgia’s Litter    (10/13/2006)
On Wednesday, October 11th and against the backdrop of the Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom, the 2006 Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards Luncheon attendees heard an important message from Randy Hartmann, Environmental Director for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). “We’re counting on our KAB affiliates to help us create and implement long-term solution for reducing litter through increased public awareness, community involvement and personal responsibility. Each day, we’re adding new elements to our website – www.litteritcostsyou.org – that will get the word out to our citizens,” added Hartmann.

2006 Keep Georgia Beautiful Award Winners Announced   (10/11/2006)
Nearly 500 Georgians were on hand today to attend the 28th Annual Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards Luncheon at the Georgia Aquarium. This annual program honored the projects and individuals working to improve Georgia’s environment.

Seven New Communities Selected To Participate In DCA’s Signature Community Program    (10/4/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the seven communities selected to participate in DCA’s Signature Community Program - City of Barnesville, City of Colquitt/Miller County, City of Dublin, City of Flovilla/Butts County, City of Holly Springs, City of Rome and City of Toccoa/Stephens County.

DCA Awards $18.3 Million In Federal Housing Tax Credits To 37 Affordable Rental Developments Statewide    (10/3/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty recently announced the award of $18.3 million in federal housing tax credits to 37 affordable rental housing developments throughout Georgia.

Governor Issues Call to Service for ‘Hands On Georgia Week’    (9/28/2006)
Governor Sonny Perdue challenged Georgia citizens to volunteer in their communities during Hands On Georgia Week 2006, scheduled for September 30 through October 7.

DCA Names Finalists for Statewide Affordable Housing Awards   (9/20/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced finalists for the 2006 Magnolia Awards in six categories - Affordable Rental, Creative Partnerships, Homeownership, Neighborhood Revitalization, Special Needs and Superior Design. The Magnolia Awards recognize affordable housing achievements. The 2006 awards will be presented at the Housing Georgia 2006 Conference on Thursday, November 16, 2006 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Governor Perdue Announces Availability of Hands On Challenge Grants   (9/5/2006)
Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the availability of $100,000 Challenge Grants to Georgia communities to implement volunteer recruitment and management programs. Each community is required to match grant funding with locally raised funds, dollar for dollar, bringing the leveraged amount to $200,000. Last year, Hands On Georgia Challenge Grants were awarded to 12 communities - Columbus, Cordele, Eatonton, Forsyth County, Harlem, Macon, Milledgeville, Rome, Savannah, Statesboro, Thomas County and Wayne County. DCA has partnered with Hands On Georgia to distribute the grant funds to local governments that partner with community agencies to engage volunteer citizens in service.

Governor Perdue Unveils Statewide Anti-Litter Campaign   (8/29/2006)
Governor Sonny Perdue unveiled Georgia’s new statewide anti-litter campaign at the Litter Summit in downtown Atlanta. “Litter. It Costs You” was introduced as the new tag line for this innovative and coordinated attack on litter that encompasses a three-pronged approach: education, enforcement and eradication. The anti-litter campaign leverages the resources of state agencies, city and county governments, and volunteer organizations to engage the public and effect change.

Governor Perdue Announces More Than $37 Million in Grant Awards   (8/22/2006)
Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that Georgia had been awarded more than $37 million in federal grants from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the state’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP). More than $32.2 million allocated for CDBG awards will be used to support projects in 66 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.

Governor’s Litter Summit Scheduled for August 29-30   (8/11/2006)
Governor Sonny Perdue will kick-off a two-day summit on August 29 aimed at encouraging a comprehensive approach to addressing litter problems in Georgia. Focusing on education, eradication and enforcement, the Litter Summit will provide useful information training, case studies and tools that local governments and others can use to address litter problems in their community. Attendees will be armed with the latest facts about the degree and impact of litter in Georgia and will be provided with an array of litter assessment and prevention tools. The Governor’s Litter Summit will be held at the Atlanta Marriott in downtown Atlanta.

Celebrating Rural Georgia Conference To Offer Unique Venue For Discussion Of Rural Issues and Opportunities   (8/3/2006)
SAVE THE DATE! The 2006 Celebrating Rural Georgia Conference, hosted by the Georgia Rural Development Council, will head east to Augusta, GA from August 21-23, 2006. The 2006 CRG conference will offer more than 40 sessions. Please review the full conference agenda at http://www.celebratingruralgeorgia.org/documents/crgAgenda06.pdf or visit http://www.celebratingruralgeorgia.org for more information.

Braselton Designated As Georgia’s Eighth WaterFirst® Community    (7/14/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the designation of Braselton as the state’s eighth WaterFirst® Community. This designation officially recognizes Braselton’s commitment to excellence in water resource management and stewardship.

DCA Announces $1,174,400 In Supportive Housing Awards To Coastal Georgia Agencies Serving Homeless   (6/29/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $6,434,900 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 $1,174,400.

DCA Announces $100,600 In Supportive Housing Awards To Northwest Central Georgia Agencies Serving Homeless   (6/29/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $6,434,900 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 Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $100,600.

DCA Announces $122,400 In Supportive Housing Awards To Northwest Georgia Agencies Serving Homeless   (6/29/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $6,434,900 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 $122,400.

DCA Announces $123,100 In Supportive Housing Awards To Southwest Georgia Agencies Serving Homeless   (6/29/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $6,434,900 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 $123,100.

DCA Announces $2,682,800 In Supportive Housing Awards To Metropolitan Atlanta Agencies Serving Homeless   (6/29/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $6,434,900 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 Metropolitan Atlanta are slated to receive awards totaling $2,682,800.

DCA Announces $300,700 In Supportive Housing Awards To Southwest Central Georgia Agencies Serving Homeless   (6/29/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $6,434,900 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 $300,700.

DCA Announces $321,000 In Supportive Housing Awards To Eastern Georgia Agencies Serving Homeless   (6/29/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $6,434,900 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 $321,000.

DCA Announces $420,000 In Supportive Housing Awards To Northeast Central Georgia Agencies Serving Homeless   (6/29/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $6,434,900 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 $420,000.

DCA Announces $467,200 In Supportive Housing Awards To South Georgia Agencies Serving Homeless   (6/29/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $6,434,900 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 $467,200.

DCA Announces $58,100 In Supportive Housing Awards To Northeast Georgia Agencies Serving Homeless   (6/29/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $6,434,900 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 $58,100.

DCA Announces $583,600 In Supportive Housing Awards To Central Georgia Agencies Serving Homeless   (6/29/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $6,434,900 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 $583,600.

DCA Announces $81,000 In Supportive Housing Awards To Southeast Central Georgia Agencies Serving Homeless   (6/29/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $6,434,900 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 $81,000.

DCA Funds Support Redevelopment of Valdosta’s Downtown Area    (6/28/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of a $225,000 loan to the City of Valdosta and the Central Valdosta Development Authority to support the expansion of an existing downtown restaurant and the renovation of a former vacant building that now houses a new downtown restaurant.

DCA Funds Support Rome’s Ongoing Downtown Redevelopment Efforts   (6/28/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of a $250,000 loan to The City of Rome and its Downtown Development Authority to support the purchase and renovation of the historic Cherokee Lodge.

More Than 70 Georgia Communities Recognized For Downtown Development Efforts   (6/28/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty recently presented awards to 74 cities recognized for their community’s downtown development programs. Sixty-nine cities received accreditation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Program and five cities were designated by DCA as Georgia Better Hometown cities. The awards were given during a breakfast event on June 26, 2006 during the 2006 Georgia Municipal Association Convention in Savannah.

Nearly 70 Downtown Pros Complete Comprehensive MAIN STREET 101 Program   (4/6/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced that nearly 70 Georgia downtown managers recently completed a two-day workshop focused on downtown revitalization. Main Street 101 training was held on March 22-24, 2006 in Valdosta, GA. DCA’s Office of Downtown Development coordinated the training session for downtown revitalization program representatives from throughout Georgia.

2006 Great American Cleanup   (3/31/2006)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty today called on Georgia citizens to help keep our state beautiful by volunteering during the state’s Great American Cleanup™ activities.

Winner Water Festival Encourages Northeast Georgia Students To Learn About Water Resources    (3/27/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty joined Keep Georgia Beautiful volunteers, other local leaders and nearly 1,200 northeast Georgia fourth-grade students to participate in the state’s 3rd annual “Winning Water: Children’s Water Festival.” Festival activities were held at the Athens Technical College in Athens, GA.

DCA Announces Public Meetings To Discuss the Georgia State Solid Waste Management Plan   (3/3/2006)
DCA will host a series of six public meetings to provide public and private waste management professionals and interested citizens an opportunity to review and comment on proposed updates to the Georgia State Solid Waste Management Plan. The draft plan will be posted online at www.GASolidWaste.org for review and comment.

City of Snellville Celebrates Its Selection As A Signature Community   (2/3/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty joined Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer, DCA Assistant Commissioner Jim Finch and several other state and local officials to celebrate the city’s selection as a Signature Community.

Cairo Officials Solve The Equation: DCA Grant Funds + Private Investment = More Local Jobs   (1/31/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of a $500,000 Employment Incentive Program (EIP) grant to the City of Cairo. City officials will leverage DCA grant funds with a $2.4 million private investment from United Structures to construct a 43,000 square foot steel fabrication plant and administrative building for the company’s manufacturing headquarters. The proposed new plant will create 60 new, full-time positions, with 100% designated for low- and moderate-income citizens.

Fast Growing Covington and Newton County Celebrate Selection As A Signature Community   (1/31/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty today joined Covington Mayor Sam Ramsey, Newton County Commission Chairman Aaron Varner, DCA Assistant Commissioner Jim Finch, DCA Board Member Frank Turner, Jr. and several other state and local officials to celebrate the City of Covington and Newton County’s selection as a Signature Community.

Quitman County Officials Solve The Equation: DCA Grant Funds + Private Investment = More Local Jobs   (1/31/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of a $96,138 Employment Incentive Program grant to Quitman County. County officials will leverage DCA grant funds with a $1.9 million private investment from D&J Plastics, Inc. to assist with road improvements. These improvements will allow the company to retain 53 full-time positions and create 15 new, full-time positions, with 13 of the new jobs designated for low- and moderate-income citizens.

The Gateway To Middle Georgia Celebrates Its Selection As A Signature Community   (1/24/2006)
In November 2005, DCA announced Signature Community Program participants from each of Georgia’s major regions. The City of Forsyth was selected to represent the Middle Georgia Super Region.

Georgia’s Coastal Corner Communities Celebrate Designation As A Signature Community   (1/18/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty joined Kingsland Mayor Kenneth Smith, St. Marys Mayor Rowland Eskridge, Woodbine Mayor W.Burford Clark, Jr. and Camden County Commission Chairman David Rainer, DCA Assistant Commissioner Jim Finch and several other state and local officials to celebrate the area’s selection as a Signature Community. The cities of Kingsland, St. Marys, Woodbine and Camden County combined efforts and were selected to represent the Southeast Georgia Super Region.

MEDIA ADVISORY: DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty To Keynote Oconee Chamber Annual Dinner   (1/12/2006)


New Appalachian Regional Commission Initiative Aims To Boost College Attendance Rates    (1/12/2006)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty today joined ARC Federal Co-Chair Rick Peltz, North Georgia College President Dr. David Potter and several other state and local officials in a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Georgia Appalachian Center for Higher Education (GACHE). Nearly $178,000 in federal, state and local funds will be dedicated to encouraging high school students in targeted counties to continue their education. GACHE will provide technical assistance and grant awards up to $20,000 to selected high schools that will apply for grants on a competitive basis. Grant monies will used to fund a number of initiatives, including college visits by high school students, mentoring programs, workshops, career exploration activities and similar efforts.


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