Economic Development Division under the direction of the City Manager's Office, the Economic Development Division is responsible for the management and administrative oversight of all business and economic development programs throughout the city. In addition to providing economic development assistance and programs, the department includes the city's affordable housing division, business & public affairs activities, and film office.
Orange Redevelopment Agency The Orange Redevelopment Agency (ORA) rehabilitates and revitalizes blighted and deteriorated areas of the city by various methods such as land assembly, infrastructure upgrades and on-site improvements. The staff selects projects that relate to the three-fold mission of the Agency, which is to enhance the commercial and industrial areas of the city; to revitalize those areas; and to increase, improve and preserve the community's supply of affordable low- and moderate-income housing.
Housing/Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)
The Economic Development Divison is charged with increasing and preserving the community's supply of affordable Low and Moderate Income housing to comply with state and federal requirements. This goal is addressed by providing financial and development incentives to existing and potential multi-family housing owner-investors and developers, and owner-occupants of single-family and mobile homes.
Business and Public Affairs/Filming
The Economic Development Division manages the City's efforts to communicate effectively with the community and increase awareness about city events, projects and programs. The staff oversees publication of the quarterly city newsletter/recreation brochure, prepares and distributes news releases, answers media inquiries, produces brochures, leaflets, flyers, ads, and provides media relations and community outreach assistance to City departments. Business and Public Affairs also coordinates and oversees permitting for all on-location production with the City of Orange. This includes films, television series, commercials, student films, and still photo shoots.
Orange Redevelopment Agency Funded Staffing In addition to the Orange Redevelopment Agency (RDA) staff that are directly assigned to support redevelopment, economic development, business development and affordable housing activities, there are a number of City staff positions who contribute to redevelopment efforts that are partially funded by RDA Funds. Attached is a listing of RDA and City positions funded through RDA Funds as reflected in the FY 2010-11 Budgets for the City and RDA. (
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