Economic & Community Development

Mission Statement

The Economic & Community Development Department administers the federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Grant and is committed to providing quality service and opportunities to citizens in need of decent, safe and affordable housing; supporting entrepreneurship through loans, grants and programs that result in job opportunities for low to moderate-income citizens and the expansion of the City's tax base.


To view the full video: Community Development Department

Fayetteville Redevelopment Commission

The Fayetteville Redevelopment Commission is appointed as the primary citizen participation mechanism for projects planned and implemented through the City's Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs. The Fayetteville Redevelopment Commission formulates and recommends policy to the City Council on housing and community and economic development issues with emphasis on older, declining lower income neighborhoods; and plans and implements the City's Community Development programs.

Fayetteville Redevelopment Commission members:

  • Steven Barnard
  • Sharisia Jones
  • Jose Coker
  • Lee Johnson, Jr.
  • Monica Luongo
  • Carlos Swinger
  • Lily Hong


The following is information for assistance with Disaster Relief:

FEMA - Contact information

resource guide hurricane matthew assistance food shelter clothing

Hurricane Matthew Community Resource Guide

If you are still working to recover from Hurricane Matthew please contact:


The mission of Cumberland Disaster Recovery Coalition (CDRC) is to assess unmet needs and provide Cumberland County residents access, coordination and education of available resources in a long-term disaster caused recovery.

Click Here:  Cumberland Disaster Recovery Coalition


Programs and Services

Community Development Programs

The Economic & Community Development Department seeks to build strong and vibrant communities through the following programs:

  • Beautification Program
  • Water and Sewer Assessment Assistance Program
  • Neighborhood Resource Centers

Community Investment Programs

Community Investment is a division of the Economic & Community Development Department and provides economic opportunities for small businesses within the Fayetteville city limits. It seeks to create positive community investment situations resulting in job opportunities for low to moderate income persons and expansion of the tax base. We provide loan and grant program information to stimulate economic growth in the City of Fayetteville. These programs include:

  • Business Assistance Loan Program
  • Commercial Exterior Improvement Grant Program
  • Small Business Retention Grant Program
  • Small Business Development and Grant Program

Housing Programs

The Economic & Community Development Department provides services and opportunities to citizens in need of decent, safe and affordable housing. In order to meet these needs, the department offers these programs:

  • Investor-Owner Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program
  • Owner-Occupant Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program
  • Acquisition and Demolition Program
  • Emergency Home Repair Program
  • Mobile Home Urgent Repair Program
  • Target Area Revitalization Program

Homeless Services

The Economic & Community Development Department continues to support homeless shelter providers through the following programs:


For more information, contact the Economic & Community Development Department at (910) 433-1590.

Cynthia Blot

Cynthia Blot, Economic & Community Development Director


Cynthia Blot is the Economic & Community Development Director for the City of Fayetteville. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Community and Economic Development Manager for the City of New Bern. Her background includes over 15 years in banking and five years as the Small Business Center Director at Craven Community College. She was instrumental in the City of New Bern receiving more than $2 million in grant funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and Golden LEAF Foundation to further community and economic development initiatives. 

Cynthia has served on a number of community and economic development boards, including the International Economic Development Council’s Public Policy Committee, REVIVE 5-Implementation Committee, Paint Your Heart Out New Bern, Utilities Strategic Plan Advisory Committee, Neuse Trent Housing Alliance-Coordinated Assessment Lead, Rotary Club fundraising committee, The Entrepreneur Center of Craven County, Tryon Civitan Club, and chaired the Choice Neighborhoods Economic Development Transformation Plan.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. In May 2018, she will earn her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from East Carolina University. She has received a graduate certification in Economic Development from ECU. Blot is a native of Irvine, Calif. and has three children. Two of her children currently attend East Carolina University.

Free viewers are required for some of the attached documents.
They can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below.

Acrobat Reader Flash Player QuickTime Windows Media Player Microsoft Silverlight Word Viewer Excel Viewer PowerPoint Viewer

Haire, Michelle

  • Departments:Community Development
  • Title:Economic Development Administrator
  • Phone:(910) 433-1596
  • Email:
Return to full list >>