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COMMUNITY SERVICES DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
[NDCC 54-44.5-02]

The Division of Community Services was originally called the Office of Intergovernmental Assistance within the Office of Management and Budget (S. L. 1983, Ch. 570) with the mission of providing technical assistance to local governments, state agencies, and the executive branch in the area of community and rural planning and development, researching policy and development, and providing implementation of the federal and state grant programs. Partners in administering the grant programs included Community Action Agencies and the Regional Planning Councils who are directly involved in the implementation of programs for the (CDBG) Community Development Block Grant, (CSBG) Community Services Block Grant, (ESG) Emergency Shelter Grants, HOME, and Weatherization Assistance.  Numerous statewide private partners are involved and each program addressed in the North Dakota Century Code [NDCC 54-44.5.01].

The director of the Division of Community Services is appointed by the Commissioner of Commerce (S. L. 2003, Ch. 507).  The director’s duties include supervising and directing the administrative and technical activities of the division.  The division provides relevant information on pertinent topics and issues which relate to public policy development, interpretation, modification, and implementation.  It develops the state energy conservation policy and manages federal energy conservation program activities between all levels of public and private sectors regarding prudent and efficient use of energy resources.  It also develops, implements, and administers federal categorical and block grant programs assigned to the division, and it advises, coordinates, and assists cities and political subdivisions in North Dakota state with the phases of state and local planning for the physical development.   The division implements a State Facility Energy Improvement Program [NCDD 54-44.5-08] and the program for the Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (S. L. 2005, Ch. 46).  In 2011 there were 16 programs, offices, and plans administered by the Division of Community Services.  

CHRONOLOGY

1983 Originally called the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (S. L. 1983, Ch. 570).

2001       The Commerce Department was created in 2001 (S. L. 2001, Ch. 488), absorbing three cabinet-level departments including the Division of Community Services (from the Office of Management and Budget).

2003 The Commissioner of Commerce appointed the director of the division (S. L. 2003, Ch. 507).
                                                     
2005 The Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency was implemented by the Division of Community Services (S. L. 205, Ch. 46).

2011 The Division of Community Services is responsible for the administration of 16 programs.  

SERIES

32115    Community Services Division. HOME Program.

SOURCES

North Dakota Century Code.
North Dakota Department of Commerce Website.
North Dakota Secretary of State Blue Book.
North Dakota State Legislature Session Laws.

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