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REMINDER: Request for Comment for the Community Development MarketPlace Project Intake Survey Due May 24, 2016

The Community Development MarketPlace (CDM) is a database of community development project data, currently from those communities who have applied for designations under the federal Promise Zones Initiative, and consented to share some of their application material with the public. The CDM provides information that describes community goals, proposed activities to advance their goals, and organizations involved in implementing and supporting these projects. The CDM presents an opportunity for community practitioners to find peers working on similar issues and to share best practices around revitalization efforts. It can also assist other potential partners in identifying opportunities to engage or invest in these communities.

On March 25, 2016, Federal Register Notice FR-5910-N-03 was published announcing 60-day Public Notice of Proposed Information Collection. HUD is seeking public comment on a draft Community Development MarketPlace (CDM) Project Intake Survey that may be distributed widely and used by respondents who are not part of any application process. Specifically we are asking the public to review the questions in the survey and answer the questions listed below. Please submit any comments and/or your answers to CDM@hud.gov by May 24, 2016. Also feel free to submit user questions or information on any technical issues via CDM@hud.gov.

Questions for Researchers, Foundations, Investors, and Other Stakeholders:

  1. What kind of potential user are you? HUD has heard from foundations, investors, communities, researchers and national intermediaries and stakeholder networks, but there may be others who can use this data.
  2. Does the Draft CDM Project Intake Survey capture information that would be useful to you? If yes, how is this information useful to you? If the information captured by the CDM Project Intake Survey is not useful to you, how could we adjust this survey to better suit your information needs?
  3. Please review the list of policy codes, financing types, funding source types, asset classes, and types of project sponsors that respondents are asked to select to categorize their project details. Would these options assist you in filtering and searching for information you would like to have? Are there any codes or options that would help you that are missing? Are there any codes or options that are redundant?
  4. Does the project intake survey capture the information useful to organizations working in your community? Please elaborate on what is useful or what could be done to make it more useful.
  5. What are the typical information gaps that interfere with your organization’s ability to target suitable funding opportunities? How can the project intake survey be enhanced to yield relevant information for your purposes?
  6. With regard to geography filters, projects in the draft database would be searchable by city, state, zip code, and census tract (where known by the respondent). Do these filters allow for geographic searches that would be useful to you?
  7. How can HUD better engage foundation, philanthropic, and impact investor community?

Questions for Community Development practitioners, project managers, and potential survey respondents:

  1. If you are managing a local community development project or intervention, would you be willing and able to respond to the survey questions and to make your responses public for purposes of potentially connecting you to federal and private partners and/or peers that could facilitate your work? If not, why not?
  2. Do you perceive the benefits of responding to the CDM Survey as adequate and sufficiently motivating for you to respond? If not, what additional benefits would motivate you to respond?
  3. With regard to your and your partners’ community revitalization efforts, please explain what particular types of information, peer exchange, introductions or other non-competitive assistance would be helpful to you as you move your work forward?
  4. With regard to geography filters, projects in the draft database would be searchable by city, state, zip code, and census tract (where known by the respondent). Do these filters allow for geographic searches that would be useful to you?

 
            
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