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Click here for an article on Cedar Rapids and HUD HUD DISALLOWED CEDAR RAPIDS FLOOD RECOVERY SPENDING & RELATED ISSUES REMAIN UNRESOLVED
The critical HUD issues reported in the March 2010 Gazette article and also the HUD reports, remain unresolved. In addition, HUD is now further auditing Cedar Rapids flood recovery spending in response to a citizen complaint. How much money might have to be repaid is uncertain, but it certainly ought to concern the legislature and others, as it won’t likely come from those who received and spent it.
The March Gazette article cited the following as involved, and there could be many more:
Bret Mills, the new director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development,
Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED)
Iowa’s Jumpstart Business Assistance Program.
City of Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Theresa Bornbach, president of Transitions Made Better Inc., who ran the program for the Chamber of Commerce
406 Cedar Rapids businesses
The disallowed spending is itemized on the following websites. The respective $8.5 million and $7.5 million disallowed amounts, totaling $16 million, itemized on each website, are noted in bold.
At least $8.5 Million out of $14.7 Million Spent- Disallowed by HUD OIG (Office of Inspector General) – Cedar Rapids Jumpstart 1 Business Assistance Program. (As of 2010)
$7.5 Million “100% of Spending Disallowed by HUD OIG” – Cedar Rapids Jumpstart Business Rental Assistance Program. (As of 2010)
Cedar Rapids was granted flood recovery funding from the federal Community Development Block Grant Program – (CDBG).
On Saturday, March 24, 2012 on Page 6A, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported, “HUD’s Office of Inspector General found documentation problems two years ago in a grant program for Cedar Rapids small businesses through Iowa’s Jumpstart Business Assistance Program. The city had contracted with the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce to oversee the program, and a local business ran the program for the chamber.” The entire Gazette article is posted on website:
Stay tuned for more developments.