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Position Title: REGIONAL PLANNER:

 

Position Summary:

The Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission (HOGARC)is a seventeen county regional planning and intergovernmental coordinating  that focuses on issues critical to the region’s success, including growth and development, transportation, geospatial solutions, services for older adults and workforce development.

 

The Regional Planner will be responsible for working in collaboration with the regions local governments in the preparation of the regions planning efforts including but not limited to comprehensive planning, transportation planning, hazard mitigation planning and other technical planning and plan implementation assistance.

 

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILIES:

• Prepare or assist in the preparation of city, county, and regional studies/plans requiring, research, and planning recommendations on topics including, land use, housing, and transportation;

 

• Provide assistance to member governments and other staff with identifying, developing, and implementing needed plans, studies, or reports;

 

• Provide assistance in updating or preparing comprehensive plans, solid waste management plans, transportation plans, housing studies, TMDL implementation plans, hazard mitigation plans or other tasks;

 

• Provide preparation, coordination and technical planning assistance in the development of long range regional plan, compiling and synthesizing data, identifying needs and opportunities, preparing documents and working closely with stakeholders throughout the region to build consensus for a regional vision;

 

• Serve as a liaison for member governments to local, state, and federal agencies to support planning and project implementation within the region and state.

 

• Attend various meetings throughout the region, as well as periodic presentations delivered to local governments or partner agencies, and regional council (some work related commitments will occur outside of normal business hours);

 

• Perform other duties assigned, to support goals and objectives.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

•Skill in oral and written communications;

 

•Skill in public speaking;

 

•Excellent analytical and organizational skills;

 

•Proficient in standard office equipment, Microsoft Office, and related software applications;

 

•Possess strong interpersonal skills, communication skills and conflict resolution skills.

 

•Ability to independently think through assignments comprehensively and creatively;

 

•Ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and precisely through a combination of verbal, written and graphic means;

 

•Ability to present to a variety of audiences, from small groups of internal technical staff to larger groups of external public and private stakeholders;

 

•Skill in oral and written communications;

 

•Skill in public speaking;

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (equivalent combination acceptable):

•Bachelor’s degree in planning or related field

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

• Master’s Degree in planning, public administration or other related field

• Directly related experience with comprehensive planning

 

Salary DOE + competitive benefits package

 

Send resume and cover letter to:

Executive Director

Heart of Georgia Altamaha RC

5405 Oak Street

Eastman, GA 31023

 

or email to manning@hogarc.org

 

EOE/M/F/55+

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY

It is the policy of the Heart of Georgia Altamaha RC to foster, maintain, and promote equal employment opportunity. The organization shall select employees on the basis of applicants' qualifications and without regard to age, sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin or physical handicap. All persons expressing interest in employment with the Heart of Georgia Altamaha RC must furnish a current resume and other relevant information as requested.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG):

 

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs including improvements of water systems, sewer, roads/streets, drainage, housing, etc.  Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. No less than 70 percent of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. In addition, each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available. The Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission can assist your community with both writing an application and administering the project once funded. CDBG applications are due at the Department of Community Affairs offices the first week of April. The Commission requests you contact our offices by December to discuss possible projects.

Employment Incentive Program (EIP):

 
The Employment Incentive Program is a financing program that may be used in conjunction with traditional private financing to carry out economic development projects which will result in employment of low and moderate income persons. Many types of projects can be financed with EIP funding. However, projects creating opportunities for low and moderate income persons to advance themselves by obtaining employment, greater job security, better working conditions, job training, enhancement of workplace skills and advancement opportunities receive the greatest consideration. Possible projects include:
• Public water and sewer systems, distribution and/or collection lines, wastewater treatment projects, rail spurs, and various other types of public facilities.
• Financing for fixed assets including: land, new facilities, rehabilitation of existing facilities, machinery, equipment, etc.
 
The EIP is administered by the State of Georgia's Department of Community Affairs and is funded by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. EIP applications are accepted year round by the Department of Community Affairs.

Immediate Threat and Danger (ITAD):

 
The Immediate Threat and Danger Program provides 50% matching funds for community development activities having a particular urgency when existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community. Local funds must comprise at least 10% of project costs. Funding for this program comes from the state's annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Applicants can apply for $50,000 and DCA reserves $200,000 for "major disasters." Eligible applicants are units of general purpose local government, excluding metropolitan cities, urban counties, and units of government eligible to participate in the urban counties or metropolitan cities program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To be fundable, applications must address an event or situation having a particular urgency and uniqueness that adversely affects a community and its citizens and where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. The event or situation must have a sense of urgency and be of recent origin or have recently become urgent. Recent origin is defined as a condition that developed or became critical within 18 months of application. Ample descriptions of the cause of the threat, and probable ramifications, must be provided. The Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission can assist your community with the application and administration of the project.

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