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    Community development managers/directors discussion thread

    Just curious. I have a few questions, but would like to commiserate with some of my peers if there are any reading this forum.

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    Do you count those that only do economic development as a peer?
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    And your questions are?

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    That's the purpose of this Sub-Forum, so fire away! My job duties include administration of the City's CDBG entitlement funds and other related/similar grant programs.

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    I'll bite --

    Do you all have a community development corporation? How does it operate? I am thinking that our area is leaving money on the table by not having a CDC to apply for some state financing but I have never dealt with one so I am not sure what I'm getting into.

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    In my experience, most places have some entitiy that acts in a community development/economic development role. This may be a department of the local government, an authority enabled by state statutes, a chamber of commerce or other business association, a 501c3 non-profit or foundation, or perhaps a regional entitiy. The question is whether these entitities are active or have professional staff to support thier activities.
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    Cardinal - understood, I was just curious about whether a CDC is a formal designation for a particular type of organization structured in a way that it can receive particular types of funding. I have seen, for instance, community development initiatives (CDI) that will only loan to not-for-profit and public-private joint ventures but (apparently) not to counties.

    Since I work for a county on affordable housing issues I'm debating whether I should partner with nonprofit organizations in the area to start an entity that could receive funding from foundations and these CDI's that don't loan to counties. Problem is, I've never done this and don't know whether a CDC is an altogether different animal than a traditional 501c3.

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    Hey, I started this thread but for some reason the email notification didn't notify me of the new messages... anyway.

    I'm the CD Director of a mid-sized (60k) city in MA. I'm looking for peers who do the same - that is, manage a department of people who oversee the CD regs for the city. If you're out there, write back! I'm especially interested in a NRSA and other HUD-designated things like CBDOs.

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    Quote Originally posted by orangina View post
    Cardinal - understood, I was just curious about whether a CDC is a formal designation for a particular type of organization structured in a way that it can receive particular types of funding. I have seen, for instance, community development initiatives (CDI) that will only loan to not-for-profit and public-private joint ventures but (apparently) not to counties.

    Since I work for a county on affordable housing issues I'm debating whether I should partner with nonprofit organizations in the area to start an entity that could receive funding from foundations and these CDI's that don't loan to counties. Problem is, I've never done this and don't know whether a CDC is an altogether different animal than a traditional 501c3.
    I worked for a CDC in the past and the organization was indeed a 501c(3). The organization was not in any way affiliated with the city, though we did apply for and often receive city CDBG and HOME funds.

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    I manage my communities housing programs which include CDBG and our state housing funds. I would love to have an opportunity to bounce issues off of other administrators. Right now my only sounding board is my HUD rep and you know the kind of response you get from them...

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    hey, vdub, shoot away! I'm in the middle of writing the CAPER now - and you know how much fun that is!

    after that, I'm going to tackle the NRSA

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    Happy to provide you with any advice I can. I've drafted a successful NRSA in Mass., and also worked on CAPER's, etc. PM me for more specific advice.

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    I am the Development Department in my community...Building Inspector, Code Enforcement, Zoning Mgr, Planner, Econ Development, all in one. Everyday is something new...I'd be interested in grant opportunities but also grant writing workshops because that is a talent I want to develop.

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