Community Development Programs
The MOVRC Community Development staff assists local communities in meeting infrastructure and development needs. A primary focus is centered on projects that will improve and expand the delivery of public water and sewer service to residents, as well as providing the infrastructure needed to support economic growth. The staff also works with municipalities and counties on improvements or expansions of other community needs, whether it is downtown rehabilitation projects, public facility improvements or transportation enhancement initiatives.
Local governments are small. They don’t have the full-time staffing necessary to thoroughly address these issues. “We do all the things a small town would do if they could afford employees to do the work,” explained Community Development Director Fred Rader. He and other grants coordinators provide the staff resources and technical assistance for planning, developing, applying for, and implementing projects.
The Community Development staff serves the needs of county commissions, municipalities, and local entities such as Public Service Districts. They have extensive experience working with engineers, bond counsels, project attorneys and accountants. They are coordinators who bring all the right people together to make a plan a reality. So when someone brings them a jar of brown water at a public meeting asking for help in finding the right funding sources and creating a plan to once again have clear, clean water at the tap, the MOVRC staff sees an opportunity to make a difference.
“It’s our job to try to figure out a way to accomplish what local communities need to get done,” Rader describes.