After ignoring the West and South Sides for over six years, a “Developers Fee” on downtown development was enacted to finance the new “Neighborhood Redevelopment Fund” (NRF) – a fund that will allegedly help long-neglected areas. However, there is an absence of any real oversight or accountability of the fund’s application. As a result, as of 2018, NRF dollars are being awarded in a non-transparent, political fashion and are not being used as a part of community driven economic development planning. Grants up to $250,000 can be awarded without City Council approval. In fact, the Mayors Office just committed $250 million from the NRF towards job training for the Amazon HQ2 proposal, an amount well in excess of what the Developer’s Fee will generate.