Community development (11 - 20 of 90 items)
Community Development: Federal Revitalization Programs Are Being Implemented, but Data on the Use of Tax Benefits Are Limited
GAO-04-306: Published: Mar 5, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2004.
Congress established the Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) program in 1993 and the Renewal Community (RC) program in 2000 to provide assistance to the nation's distressed communities. To date, Congress has authorized three rounds of EZs, two rounds of ECs, and one round of RCs. The Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000 mandated that GAO audit and report in 2004, 2007, and 2010 o...
Community and Economic Development Loans: Securitization Faces Significant Barriers
GAO-04-21: Published: Oct 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2003.
Community economic development (CED) lenders serve the credit needs of nonconventional borrowers and economically distressed areas across the nation. However, little is known about this industry, its ability to tap private sources of capital, and loan performance and volume in the industry. To provide information that would be helpful in considering the role that the federal government might play...
Community Investment: Information on Selected Facilities That Received Environmental Permits
GAO-02-479: Published: May 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2002.
Industrial facilities that operate under permits regulating some emissions and discharges have been the subject of complaints from community groups and environmental activists who charge that the facilities expose the surrounding communities to greater environmental risk than the general population. In response, the facilities point out that they contribute to the economic growth of the surroundin...
Convenience Gambling: Information on Economic and Social Effects in Selected Locations
GAO-01-108: Published: Oct 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2000.
This report summarizes GAO's findings on the economic and social effects of "convenience gambling." The National Gambling Impact Study Commission defines convenience gambling as the placement of slot machines or video poker terminals in restaurants, bars, drugstores, and other businesses to attract local residents rather than tourists. Although data from the communities GAO studied indicated that...
Women's Business Center Program: Incomplete Program Records and Financial Data
RCED-99-277R: Published: Sep 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1999.
GAO provided information on the limitations of the data it obtained during its review of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Women's Business Center Program, focusing on: (1) the problems with the records maintained by the Office of Women's Ownership and the Office of Procurement and Grants Management; and (2) whether the Office of Women's Ownership or the Office of Procurement and Grants Mana...
Department of Energy Workforce Reduction: Community Assistance Can Be Better Targeted
RCED-99-135: Published: May 7, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) community assistance program for minimizing the impact of downsizing its contractor workforce, focusing on: (1) how much funding DOE had committed to spend and spent in support of its worker and community assistance program for fiscal years (FY) 1994 through 1998; (2) who received benefits during FY 1997 and FY 19...
Environmental Protection: Agencies Have Made Progress in Implementing the Federal Brownfield Partnership Initiative
RCED-99-86: Published: Apr 9, 1999. Publicly Released: May 10, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of 10 federal agencies' efforts to implement the Brownfield National Partnership Action Agenda, focusing on: (1) comparing federal agencies' planned financial assistance to brownfields, which are abandoned, idle, or underused industrial facilities, to their actual spending for brownfields in fiscal years (FY) 1997 and 1998...
Economic Development: Observations Regarding the Economic Development Administration's May 1998 Final Report on Its Public Works Program
RCED-99-11R: Published: Mar 23, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) May 1998 report on its public works program, which created jobs in economically distressed communities, focusing on whether: (1) the report's results would be similar if additional variables that directly took into account the prior level of a county's employment or population were included in the ana...
Community Development: Progress on Economic Development Activities Varies Among the Empowerment Zones
RCED-99-29: Published: Nov 25, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community program, focusing on the: (1) progress made by the federal empowerment zones in implementing the program; (2) steps taken by the two responsible federal agencies--the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA)--to monitor and evaluate the existing zones' p...
Community Development: A Survey of CDFI Organizations' Use of Performance Measurement
RCED-98-255: Published: Aug 25, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the general use of performance measurement by community development financial institutions (CDFI), focusing on the: (1) characteristics of the 623 CDFI organizations that responded to GAO's survey; and (2) extent to which they reported using performance measurement to assess their progress toward their goals.GAO noted that: (1) of th...