Community Development

Mission
The Community Development Department has a broad mission and is comprised of three Divisions: Planning, Housing and Development, and Economic Development.

Together, we are committed to improving the quality of life for Fitchburg's residents by revitalizing neighborhoods, improving housing, making long- and short-term planning goals about land use, increasing job opportunities and tax revenues, and supplementing city funds with available grant funds whenever possible.
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RESPONSIBILITIES
The Division of Housing and Development is responsible for obtaining and managing state and federal grants which help further the city’s overall community development objectives. 
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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM
Each year, Fitchburg receives an allocation from The Federal Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG). This annual entitlement program provides basic funding to support many local projects ranging from parks and playground improvements to demolition of abandoned buildings, to housing and streetscape improvements. 

It also provides vital public services for the young and the elderly. The Division uses these grant funds as leverage to secure millions each year in competitive state and federal grants used to rebuild and redevelop critical zones within the city - encouraging job creation, business investment and growth of the city’s tax base.