Community Development

The Community Development Division consists of a Community Development Administrator, Neighborhood Services Coordinator and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coordinator.  Together this team helps to revitalize neighborhood and commercial areas within the City using Federal grant and City of Round Rock funds.

Accepting the Municipal Excellence Award are, from left, Utilities Director Michael Thane, Councilmember Tammy Young, Jeff Johnson from the Austin Bridge Builders Alliance, Community Development Administrator Joe Brehm, General Services Director Chad McDowell and City Manager Laurie Hadley

 

Neighborhood Services

Accepting the Neighborhoods USA Award for Best Neighborhood Program: Physical Revitalization is Community Development Administrator Joe Brehm and NUSA President Tige Watts

Since its inception in 2012, Neighborhood Services has developed programs and services for active and engaged neighborhoods to revitalize themselves using community resources.  These programs have been recognized with awards from national organizations such as Neighborhoods USA for their Best Neighborhood Programs award (2015) and the Texas Municipal League for City Spirit (2017).

  • The Tool Lending Center is designed to be deployed for organized projects such as neighborhood cleanups or other beautification projects where volunteers (scouts, church groups, school groups, etc.) are organized and available.  For neighborhood cleanups, tools will be available for residents of that neighborhood to checkout.
  • The Curb Painting Program was initiated to improve safety in Round Rock neighborhoods by making sure that the Fire Department, EMS, and Police can quickly locate homes in an emergency. Neighborhood volunteers can borrow the all-inclusive kit at no cost to begin painting addresses within their neighborhood. The kit includes everything a volunteer team will need for 250 homes. The kit can be checked out/returned to the ground floor of City Hall located at 221 E. Main St. Round Rock, Texas 78664. For more information on the program and kit check out please see the Curb Painting Program booklet or email Katy Price at kprice@roundrocktexas.gov.
  • Round Rock UniverCity is a 10 week program to educate residents on the operations of the City. Each City department hosts a presentation, tour or break out session each week, and provide valuable information about day to day operations of the City and future projects. Residents will receive an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look into City operations within each of its departments.

Community Development Block Grants

The Community Development Office improves the quality of life in existing Round Rock neighborhoods by providing services to individuals and families, and reinvesting in neighborhood improvements. The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) program emphasizes participation and representation of the target population(s).  Round Rock has used its annual CDBG grant funds to provide housing programs, infrastructure, parks, entrepreneurial opportunities and public services to assist low and moderate income residents.

Commercial Redevelopment

This division is currently in the process of developing a commercial redevelopment program designed to revitalize older commercial areas within the City as well as to help facilitate vacancy issues for key commercial zones.