Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 110-7-1-.05 - Review of Applications
All applications received from applicants will be reviewed to determine the merit of the applications and the proposed use of funds. In determining whether an applicant shall receive a grant award, the following criteria will be considered:
(a) Community or Economic Development Assistance Projects. Project applications will be reviewed based upon enhancement of community or economic development opportunities, including but not limited to, numbers and types of jobs retained and/or created; total private capital investment; impact on the state, regional and community tax base; degree of local commitment; consistency with local and regional development goals and objectives; project readiness; geographic distribution; project feasibility; project impact; and reasonableness of cost estimates.
(b) Regional or Multi-Jurisdiction Community or Economic Development Implementation Projects. Project applications will be reviewed based upon enhancement of community or economic development opportunities including, but not limited to, likelihood of success in leading to the retention of jobs within the region or enhanced job creation; consistency with the region's community or economic development goals and objectives; improved regional competitiveness; degree of local commitment; degree of revenue and cost sharing between participating local governments; project readiness; project feasibility; project impact; and reasonableness of cost estimates.
(c) Recapture of some or all of REBA grant funds by the applicant may be considered as a competitive factor in the department's review of project applications for both the Community or Economic Development Assistance Projects and the Regional or Multi-Jurisdiction Community or Economic Development Implementation Projects.
(d) All applications for funding from this program must provide written certification from the applicant, addressed to the department, to the effect that the applicant is authorized under the laws of the State to carry out the project and activities that are the subject of the application and that the proposed expenditure of funds is in accordance with all applicable legal requirements.
(e) All Community or Economic Development Assistance Project applications must include a recommendation from a state agency whose statutory powers and duties include community and economic development, that the proposed project will significantly develop, promote and or retain trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities within the State of Georgia and promote the general welfare of the State. The recommendation is for the purpose of allowing the department to receive advice, and is not intended to delegate in any way the department's authority to independently determine grant awards.
(f) In its review of applications, the department may, at its discretion, consult with other individuals or agencies as appropriate for the purpose of receiving advice.
(g) The criteria in this rule (110-7-1-.05) are designed to assist the department in making its decision and only constitute minimum standards. Additional factors may be considered depending on the nature of particular projects and their relative merit compared to competing proposals and depending on the availability of funding at the time of application. The decision that the department makes shall be final and conclusive.
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