Community and Economic Development

The Department of Community and Economic Development oversees long-term planning and community revitalization efforts. The department is also responsible for the administration of the annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The department further provides the administration of the Planning Board, and works closely with Parks and Recreation, Engineering, and Code Enforcement offices to progress community goals and the quality of life throughout the city.

Program responsibilities include but are not limited to: comprehensive planning, brownfield planning, remediation, and redevelopment, landuse planning, downtown and waterfront revitalization, connectivity planning and implementation, sustainability implementation and smart growth practices, grant funding applications and administration, and CDBG oversight and administration.

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Community & Economic Development Contact Information:

Matthew J Andrews
Matthew J Andrews
Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development
(315) 339-7628
Email: Matthew Andrews

Patricia DeFina
(315) 838-1712
Email: Patricia DeFinaSarah A. Lokker
Administrative Assistant
(315) 339-7643
Email: Sarah LokkerAshley D’Amore
Community Development Advisor
(315) 339-7645
Email: Ashley D’AmoreMakenzi L. Enos
Planning Aide
(315) 339-7608
Email: Makenzi L. Enos
Kiva VanDerGeest
(315) 339-7644
Email: Kiva VanDerGeestDiana Samuels
Assistant Planner
(315) 339-7646
Email: Diana SamuelsDaniel Carpenter
Project Manager
(315) 838-1726
Email: Daniel Carpenter