Urban Renewal Agency History

The Elmira Urban Renewal Agency is a public benefit corporation which was formed in 1966. The Agency is governed by a Board of Commissioners comprised of the Elmira Mayor and City Council members. The City Manager serves in an ex-officio capacity and the Community Development Director serves as the Secretary. The agency was developed as a community planning organization and project initiator. The first project undertaken by the Agency was the Dewittsburg Housing project on East Water Street. Shortly after its completion, the City was devastated by Tropical Storm Agnes in the flood of 1972. In order to aid in the recovery from the flood, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provided substantial funding to help the City recover. The Elmira Urban Renewal Agency, through consultants, developed the New Elmira Plan which was eventually adopted by the City Council and Agency Commissioners. The City contracted with the Elmira Urban Renewal Agency to implement the New Elmira Plan (Urban Renewal Plan) and administer the $41+ million dollars provided by the State and Federal governments to rebuild Elmira. As the Urban Renewal Plan was winding down, staff was drastically reduced and the Federal Government created and funded the Community Development Block Grant Program. The City contracted with the Elmira Urban Renewal Agency in 1981 to administer the Community Development Block Grant Program and continues that function to date.

Important Documents

Mission Statement and Performance Goals
Code of Ethics
Audit Committee Procedures

2018 EURA Minutes

Elmira Urban Renewal Agency Investment Report
Elmira Urban Renewal Agency List of Real Properties

2017 Audit Management Letter
2017 Audit Report
2017 EURA Minutes
Elmira Urban Renewal Agency Management Comment Letter
2016 Audit Management Letter
2016 Audit Report
2016 EURA Minutes
2015 Audit Management Letter
2015 Audit Report
2014 Audit Management Letter
2014 Audit Report
2013 Audit Management Letter
2013 Audit Report
2012 Audit Management Letter
2012 Audit Report
2011 Audit Report
2011 Accomplishment Report
2010 Audit Management Letter
2010 Audit Report
Investment Policy
Procurement Policy
Article 15A Disposition of Property
2013 Budget Report
2014 Budget Report
2015 Budget Report
2016 Budget Report
2017 Budget Report
2018 Budget Report
2019 Budget Report



Elmira Urban Renewal Agency Commission

Daniel J. Mandell, Chair

James D. Waters, Commissioner
Brent A. Stermer, Commissioner
Joseph H. Duffy, Commissioner
John Massey, Commissioner
Timothy M. Blandford, Commissioner
Nanette M. Moss, Commissioner  
P. Michael Collins, Ex-Officio 
Emma Miran, Executive Director/Secretary of the Agency

Richard Shook, Finance Director
Suzanne Rundell, Grants Administrator
Linda Sowers, Administrative Assistant

Legal Counsel: John J. Ryan, Jr.


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