Economic Development2018-07-09T14:42:44+00:00
Pat JonesDirector - Community & Economic Development
Michelle PowellCDBG/CIP Coordinator

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

The Community and Economic Development Division involves numerous revitalization and improvement opportunities within the ten county service area of SODA.  These projects serve communities to increase the overall quality of life and maintain social standards and to ensure the individuals are serviced by their local governments.

Community Revitalization

The Community Revitalization Program addresses aesthetic and quality of life needs in rural Oklahoma communities, helping these communities thrive, grow and spark a sense of pride in citizens.  Community Revitalization can be used to accomplish economic revitalization, downtown revitalization, and neighborhood revitalization.  Grant Maximum $150,000.00 for Community Revitalization.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Solid Waste
  2. Fire Protection
  3. Streets
  4. Senior Citizen Centers
  5. Removal of Architectural Barriers Associated with Handicapped Access
  6. Storm Water Drainage Improvements

Grant proposals must address how the project achieves at least one of the following national objectives:

  1. Provide benefit to people earning low to moderate income
  2. Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight
  3. Meet other community development needs having particular urgency, posing a serious or immediate threat to health or welfare of a community

Water-Wastewater Phase I and Phase II
Grant maximum $350,000 for each individual entity for both Phase I and Phase II.

Community Development Block Grant Water and Wastewater Phase I Engineering and Planning
The Water and Wastewater Engineer program was developed to fund water and wastewater projects that require more than one year to complete through a “phased approach”. Phase I of the Water and Wastewater Engineering program will cover only engineering cost plus an appropriate amount of administration fee.  Once the applicant receives their construction permit, ODOC/OCD will issue an award for construction and Phase II of the project will begin.

Water and Wastewater Construction (Phase II)
The Water and Wastewater Construction program is to fund projects that are ready for construction.  The funds may be used for construction and administration only.  Eligible entities have to use other funding sources to design their projects.

Economic Development

The Economic Development Division of SODA provides assistance in two primary areas. These areas are through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the United State Department of Commerce.

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce provides the Community Development Block Grant/Economic Development Infrastructure Financing (EDIF) program that is a partial grant/partial loan that provides public infrastructure financing to help communities grow jobs, enable new business startups and expansions for existing businesses.  The EDIF meets a national objective that focuses on the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities principally for people earning low to moderate income. The state program achieves this national objective by funding projects in which at least 51 percent of the new jobs created are make available to low and moderate income individuals.

The type of projects funded are publicly owned and maintained improvements that will provide basic infrastructure services to a new or expanding business, including water, wastewater, transportation improvements, and rehabilitation and new construction of publicly owned industrial buildings.

The typical uses of these funds are:

  • Acquisition of real property for public ownership and maintenance
  • Acquisition of public facilities for public ownership and maintenance (except for buildings used for the general conduct of government)
  • Construction of public facilities
  • Installation of public facilities
  • Reconstruction of publicly owned and maintained industrial buildings or structures and other industrial real property
  • Rehabilitation of publicly owned and maintained industrial buildings or structures and other industrial real property
  • Administrative costs
  • Publicly owned fiber optic lines

The United States Department of Commerce provides for EDA investment assistance.  An eligible applicant must submit a proposal on the Pre-application for Investment Assistance (Form ED-900P).  EDA uses the pre-application to make preliminary eligibility and investment rate determinations, and to evaluate the competitiveness of a proposed project.  The pre-application allows eligibility applications to obtain EDA’s preliminary review before undertaking the completion of a full application for investment assistance.  SODA can provide guidance in completing the pre-application.

GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

The CDBG Capital Improvement Planning (CIP) grant provides funds to help communities update an existing Local Inventory of Governmental Capital Assets and a Local Capital Improvement Plan and Budget.  The CIP process requires communities to create strategic plans for addressing the needs for publicly owned capital assets.  By prioritizing capital budget needs, a community is better prepared to meet the financial requirements for enhancing its local infrastructure and paving the way for future community and economic growth and stability.

SODA can assist your community with a CIP that helps improve Strategic Planning and Operations by:

  1. Providing an inventory and mapping of community owned assets
  2. Establishing a local administrative and policy framework for making responsible capital budgetary decisions
  3. Clarifying and projecting economic and demographic trends likely to influence the needs for new and expanded local capital facilities
  4. Estimating the cost for repairs, replacements and expansions that incorporate mandatory, essential, desirable and deferrable needs

Eligibility to apply for CIP is as follows:

  1. Eligible Applicants are units of local government (incorporated towns and cities, and counties that are not participants in the CDBG Entitlement Program.  Oklahoma’s entitle cities are: Broken Arrow, Edmond, Enid, Lawton, Midwest City, Norman, Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Tulsa.
  2. Eligible applicants must have an existing Local Inventory of Capital Assets and a Local Capital Improvement Plan and Budget
  3. All Capital Improvement Planning set-aside projects must qualify their proposals under that national objective to benefit at least 51 percent of people earning low to moderate incomes
  4. The recipient must conduct the project in accordance with the current version of the GeoCIP Capital Improvement Planning Toolkit as provided by the Oklahoma Department Commerce

SODA will be happy to provide your community with technical assistance regarding eligible projects, project concepts, the application guidelines, and other information pertaining to the CDBGT CIP Program.