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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 1, 2003

New Web-based monitoring tool unveiled for
Kansas City's housing production projects

The Department of Housing and Community Development unveiled a new Web-based monitoring tool today at the Neighborhood Development and Housing Committee meeting. This Web-based monitoring tool tracks all housing production projects, housing rehabilitation projects, and economic development initiatives, all of which are related to the department’s projects and developments.

This is first time a government entity has taken on a project like this. This service is provided by a private company, BuildersView, which has previously focused on the commercial side of the building industry.

“Kansas City has the courage to be the pioneer in this movement,” Brian Nelson, co-owner of BuildersView, said.

The Web site (http://www.dhcdonline.com) is updated daily with new photographs, statistics, project information and estimated timelines. It is used internally by project managers to monitor housing development, and externally by the community to survey progress in Kansas City. This tool tracks projects undertaken by community development corporations that receive Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership funding via the Department of Housing and Community Development. Projects being completed by the Housing and Economic Development Financial Corporation, the department’s financial lender, also are tracked using this tool.

“We will utilize this monitoring tool to make all those involved in housing production and development accountable,” Stanley Barrett, Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, said. “This is truly performance-based. If you get the job done, this Web site will show it.”

This new tool’s debut coincides with the beginning of the development of the department’s 2004-2008 Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan which is slated for completion by spring.

For more information about BuildersView, call (877) 748-7653.

    
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