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Friday, October 6, 2006 - 7:30AM

Following the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designations last week of difficult development areas (DDAs) and qualified census tracts (QCTs) for 2007, Novogradac & Company LLP has compiled lists of changes from 2006 to 2007 for both non-metropolitan and metropolitan counties. Greater increases in DDAs were seen in southern states such as Arkansas and Mississippi, perhaps in part due to the provisions of the Gulf Opportunity Zone (GO Zone) Act. Many states saw little change in DDA designations from 2006 to 2007. A few states had only subtractions from the list of DDAs with no additions; for example, Puerto Rico has 15 fewer DDA counties (or municipios) in 2007 when compared with 2006.

QCT data for 2007 was compiled using the 2000 Census along with new metropolitan statistical area (MSA) definitions set forth in OMB Bulletin No. 06-01. This list shows the changes in QCTs designations in California; additional states' information will be added to this page as it becomes available. Non-metropolitan areas of California saw virtually no change in QCT designation from 2006. However, a couple of counties (specifically Imperial and Kings counties) are now designated as metropolitan areas for 2007. Los Angeles saw the greatest increase with more than 45 additions to the list of QCTS.

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