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I still cannot get the County to explain the need/benefit of using a consulting group since 1986 to serve as the County's Community Development "arm". This lucrative contract has been renewed several times, yet the County's historical community development and affordable housing track record pales in comparison to communities in Georgia that have actual Community Development departments. I have asked when the County last reviewed this arrangement and how this benefits the residents of Gwinnett County, but this has been met with silence.
Part of the distrust is that residents cannot get answers from the BOC. For a couple of years I have tried to find out why since 1986 Gwinnett County has used a for-profit consultant to serve as its Community Development "arm". This lucrative contract (which has been renewed several times without any real competition) only calls for the consultant to provide "program management services". That is basically dotting the "i" and crossing the "t" related to the HUD funds received. That is a far cry from what community development is really all about. Gwinnett County's historical community development track record pales in comparison to communities that have actual Community Development departments, such as DeKalb County, Savannah, Columbus, etc. In fact, it's hard to even locate Gwinnett County Community Development on the county's website! I've posed the question of how this 25 year arrangement has benefited the residents of Gwinnett County, but that has been met with complete silence from the BOC.
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