Community Development

The Community Development Department is responsible for providing programs and resources designed to create economic and social benefits for residents, businesses, and visitors. To achieve these goals, the department is also responsible for applying for and administering state, federal, and private grant funds. For example, the department establishes priorities for the City's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, which benefit low-and-moderate income individuals, address needs to improve the health and welfare of the community, and focus on eliminating blight throughout the community.

The Community Development Director works closely with the City Planner to implement the various plans adopted by Council for the purpose of solidifying the long-term success of the City.  This includes organizing public engagement efforts to incorporate the participation of residents, businesses, nonprofits,  and other municipalities. Public engagement includes both in-person communications and online communications via this website and the City's Facebook page.

In addition to the City's community development goals, the department also oversees the activities of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Meadville, for which the City's Community Development Director serves as the staff liaison. The purpose of the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) is to increase the City's property tax base through promoting the redevelopment of blighted and abandoned structures in the City. Currently, the RDA is prioritizing the redevelopment of residential properties to increase the availability of quality, affordable housing units throughout the City. The City's recently adopted Make Meadville Home Housing Action Plan guides these activities.