Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs operates a host of state and federal grant programs; serves as the state’s lead agency in housing finance and development; promulgates building codes to be adopted by local governments; provides comprehensive planning, technical and research assistance to local governments; and serves as the lead agency for the state’s solid waste reduction efforts.
DCA coordinates a variety of economic incentives and tools, tax credits, and financing plans and works with and supports a variety of other state and local agencies, including the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) in their mission to promote economic development in Georgia. DCA economic development finance programs include OneGeorgia Authority funds and programs, the Regional Economic Business Assistance program, the Georgia Business Expansion and Support Act income tax credit programs and many others.
PUBLIC NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR USE OF STATE FUND AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAMS
In April 2012, the Georgia General Assembly passed and Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation updating the state’s Open Records Act to promote economic competitiveness, provide clarity on the responsibilities of state and local governments and increase transparency for residents of the state. The revised and strengthened code will keep the state’s sensitive information regarding economic activities confidential while ensuring that a citizen’s personal information is protected, respecting the right to privacy.
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 50-18-72 (a)(46), the Georgia Department of Economic Development will comply with the updated Georgia Open Records Act as follows:
- For economic development projects in which the Georgia Department of Economic Development has committed the use of state funds from the OneGeorgia Authority or funds from the Regional Economic Business Assistance Program (REBA) for the project,
- The department shall give notice that a binding commitment has been reached by posting on its website notice of the project in conjunction with a copy of GDEcD’s records documenting the commitment,
- And by publishing notice of the project and participating parties in the legal organ of each county in which the economic development project is to be located.
- Notice will given on this webpage no later than five (5) business days after the Georgia Department of Economic Development secures a binding commitment with a qualified economic development project. Notices will reside on this page for a period of 30 days.
- An economic development project pertains to a plan or proposal to locate a business or expand a business that would include
- The expenditure of over $25,000,000 by the company
- Or the hiring of 50 or more employees by the company
- And the commitment of state funds from the OneGeorgia Authority or the Regional Economic Business Assistance Program