Agenda Item # 4

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

November 8, 2016

Agenda Report # 56



TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Center for Community Progress – Application for Scholarship Program INITIATED BY: Community Reinvestment Department


Recommendation: Approval is requested to apply and enter into an agreement with the Center for Community Progress, and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by up to $20,000 for the local match requirement, to receive up to 400 hours of technical assistance to assess, reform, develop, and/or implement systems to address large-scale vacancy and abandonment within the community.

Background: The Center for Community Progress is requesting applications for a Technical Assistance Scholarship Program to be submitted by November 17, 2016. If awarded, the scholarship could provide up to 400 hours of technical assistance to assess, reform, develop, and/or implement systems to address large-scale vacancy and abandonment within the community. Scholarship recipients receive technical assistance from a team of national experts that specializes in relevant aspects of vacant, abandoned, and problem property reclamation.

Analysis: The City could receive up to 400 hours of technical assistance to assess, reform, develop, and/or implement systems to address large-scale vacancy and abandonment within the community. This technical assistance will assist the City in the development of best practices that address the full cycle of property revitalization, from blight prevention, through the acquisition and maintenance of problems properties to their productive reuse.

Financial Considerations: There is up to a $20,000 match requirement which can be funded using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. There will be no impact on the general fund.

Legal Considerations: The City Attorney will review all agreements prior to obtaining the City Manager’s signature.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approve the attached Resolution authorizing the City Manager to apply for and accept a technical assistance scholarship from the Center for Community Progress, and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by up to $20,000 for the local match requirement, to assist the City in addressing property vacancy and abandonment.

A RESOLUTION
NO. _____
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO APPLY FOR AND ACCEPT A TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE SCHOLARSHIP FROM THE CENTER FOR COMMUNITY PROGRESS, AND AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY UP TO $20,000 FOR THE LOCAL MATCH REQUIREMENT, TO ASSIST THE CITY IN ADDRESSING PROPERTY VACANCY AND ABANDONMENT.

WHEREAS, the Center for Community Progress serves as the leading resource for local, state and federal policies and best practices that address the full cycle of property revitalization, from blight prevention, through acquisition and maintenance of problem properties, to their productive reuse; and,

WHEREAS, the Center for Community Progress has made available up to 400 hours of technical assistance for applicants seeking to reform, develop, and/or implement systems to address large-scale vacancy and abandonment in their respective communities; and,

WHEREAS, the Center for Community Progress requests a financial commitment from the selected scholarship recipient in an amount up to $20,000 for the local match requirement, depending on the scope of the technical assistance granted; and,

WHEREAS, the Columbus Consolidated Government must submit an application to the Center of Community Progress no later than November 17, 2016 to be considered for technical assistance.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

The City Manager is authorized to apply for and accept a technical assistance scholarship from the Center for Community Progress, and amend the multi-governmental fund by up to $20,000 for the local match requirement, to assist the City in addressing property vacancy and abandonment.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ___________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.




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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor