Young, Alma H.
March 1984
Public Administration Quarterly;Spring84, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p112
Academic Journal
This article discusses major issues related to the design and operation of the Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG) and the experiences of New Orleans, Louisiana with the UDAG program. Since its inception in 1977, UDAG program has become one of the most popular sources of federal dollars for revitalizing central cities. The program, administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, offers cities quick, sizeable grants for a wide range of economic development activities. The purpose of UDAG is to assist cities and urban counties which are experiencing severe economic distress to help stimulate economic development activity needed to aid in economic recovery. The program provides incentives for investment in economically distressed cities, either by creating new businesses or expanding existing facilities and operations. To be eligible for the program, a project must support economic recovery. Between July 1978 and June 1983, the city of New Orleans has received fifteen UDAG awards, making it rank eighth among large cities receiving UDAG grants. Four of the approved grants are industrial, four commercial, and seven neighborhood-oriented, which will increase the city's housing stock. Two of the UDAG projects have been completed, seven are under construction, and six are in the process of contract negotiations.


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