Invest Atlanta Continues to Get Federal Funds Through GDOT with Recertification

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) Local Administered Project Certification Committee has approved Invest Atlanta’s recertification application. The action means that Invest Atlanta will continue to receive federal funding through GDOT for Atlanta Beltline projects until Aug. 31, 2019.

In February 2015, Invest Atlanta learned that its existing certification –issued in 2013 – would expire in May 2016, but the IA staffers who had been responsible for that certification were no longer with the agency. In order to win recertification, at least two individuals from IA would be required to get certification in four different training courses covering Local Administered Projects, the Plan Development Process, Rights of Way Acquisition and Title VI.

Two current Invest Atlanta team members, Assistant General Counsel June Ford and Jennifer Fine, vice president of Neighborhood Development, responded to the challenge and completed the coursework within a matter of months.

There also were two other recertification requirements for Invest Atlanta: it had to develop a policy demonstrating IA’s compliance with Title VI, which bans discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin by any organization receiving federal funding; and it had to formulate a policy in compliance with the Brooks Act, which compels agencies to promote open competition by advertising, ranking, selecting, and negotiating contracts based on demonstrated competence and qualifications for the type of engineering and design services being procured at a fair and reasonable price. Both policies that IA prepared and submitted were approved.