Community Development Digest


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State and Local Briefs

Massachusetts: Eleven affordable housing developments for low-income persons receive a combined $1.8 million from the Boston-based Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC).  The loans include one of $285,000 to the Stow Elderly Housing Corporation to support construction of 37 ...

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State and Local Development Briefs

Indiana: The cities of Auburn, Crawfordsville, Delphi, Petersburg, Princeton, Richmond and Whitestown are the seven finalists selected for the Stellar Communities Program. Each will receive a $10,000 grant to fund strategic investment plans which will be submitted in May. State Housing & Communi...

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(STATES) NE Lawmakers Eye Eminent Domain Limits for Pipeline Companies

Nebraska's Legislature is considering legislation (LB 3) that would bar pipeline companies from using eminent domain prior to obtaining federal or state permits to construct them. The bill (LB 3) would place restrictions on pipeline companies such as TransCanada, which is trying to consruct the con...

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(AUDIT) HUD Investigating Omaha Sec. 8 Funding Use

HUD is investigating the City of Omaha Housing Authority's (OHA) use of Sec. 8 funding, in part due to a request from Sen. Ben Nelson (R-NE).Nelson sought a HUD audit of the OHA after he heard from concerned members of the OHA -- which administers 7,200 public housing units -- about how the fun...

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(FUNDING) Commerce Makes $49 Million Available for Disaster Recovery

The Commerce Dept. is offering $49 million in FY 2011 disaster recovery funding to four states that suffered severe economic distress following natural disasters occurring between March and May of 2010. The funding comes through Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) and its Economic ...

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(NE) Voters Expand Nonprofits Eligibility for Tax-Exempt Revenue Bond Money

Nebraska voters May 11 narrowly approve a constitutional amendment allowing local governments to expand the field of nonprofits to use tax-exempt revenue bond money construction and equipment needs. State voters casting ballots during the primary backed the proposal with 52% of nearly 255,000 votes...

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(CDBG) NSP1 Funds Reaching Rural Nebraska Communities

While states, cities, counties, nonprofits and development authorities await the announcement of round two of Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2) money, funding from the first round (NSP1) is beginning to make its presence felt in small communities. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) awards more...

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(STATES) NE Officials Award $156,000 in CDBG Planning Grants

Nebraska state Dept. of Economic Development officials Dec. 24 award $156,000 in Community Development Block Grant planning grants to seven communities. The grant funding is the second round of planning money offered by the state, which got the money as part of its annual 2009 allocation from HUD. ...

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(USDA) Rural Businesses Receive $56 Million in Stimulus Loan Guarantees

A food processing factory and a crematory are among the 12 rural businesses being financed through an Agriculture Dept. loan guarantee program supplying them with a total of $56.2 million from the economic stimulus law passed earlier this year. The money is available through the USDA Rural Developm...

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(HOUSING) NE Communities Urge State to Eliminate Economic Barriers

Local Nebraska communities are urging state officials to improve the community development climate by creating more economic incentives, attracting more jobs to the state and eliminating barriers to constructing new homes and rehabilitating old ones. The reaction comes as part of a broad survey of ...

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