Bryan - College Station Community Development Departments Honored with National Award

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BRYAN - The Cities of Bryan and College Station are being honored with a 2014 John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award for the outstanding efforts of the Bryan-College Station Community Development Departments. The National Community Development Association (NCDA) presents the award on June 27, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio.

"We are very proud of the combined efforts of our Community Development departments from the cities of Bryan and College Station. Not all cities work together like we do to address the needs of their community, and this award is proof that working towards the greater good of the community as a whole can make all the difference. Alsie Bond and her staff are to be commended for their efforts to increase the efficiency of the federal dollars the city receives, as our city benefits directly from those efforts," said Bryan City Manager Kean Register.

The two cities have worked together in the past to coordinate effort to provide information to the public on the impact the federal dollars make on both communities. This was the first time that both are being recognized for additional efforts made in the community with the Community Development Block Grant program.

"Receiving this award with the City of Bryan is further proof that the City of College Station makes the most of every effort to improve and address the needs of our diverse community. We're indebted to Debbie Eller and her staff for the dedication and caring they bring to their jobs and the city's Community Development Block Grant program," said College Station City Manager Kelly Templin.

Bryan and College Station participated in the National Community Development Week
in April by hosting several events that celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnership Programs. The weeklong events hosted by Bryan included a Community Development contractor's workshop breakfast, a public meeting of the Community Development Advisory Committee, a joint luncheon thanking community partners for their collaborative efforts, and a joint tour co-hosted by Bryan and College Station. Officials from both cities, along with U.S. Representative Bill Flores, toured Community Development funded projects in the region.

This year, there are nineteen jurisdictions that are being honored with the John A. Sasso National Community Development Award all over the country. The 2014 award winners used National Community Development Week activities as a platform to bring together Congressional members and/or their staff, local partners, local media, sub-recipients and program beneficiaries, to recognize and celebrate the impact of the CDBG and HOME Investment Partnerships Program on their communities.

For more information, contact Alsie Bond at 979-209-5030 or Debbie Eller at 979-764-3778.