2021 LEGISLATIVE SESSION INFORMATION
As we enter the last week of the regularly scheduled 2021 Legislative Session, FRA is still monitoring several bills as they relate to key areas of redevelopment practice. Such areas include affordable housing, building design and impact fees.

The House and Senate released their individual budgets, however the budgets released did not contemplate the $9 billion in federal funding coming to the state in the coming months.

We will keep you updated on these proposed changes as well as any updates or outcomes related to redevelopment practice in Florida.

MITIGATION FUNDING WORKSHOPS
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is hosting a series of public workshops in communities impacted by Hurricane Michael.

The workshops hosted in Marianna, Panama City and Port St. Joe will start April 20 and will give communities the opportunity to provide input on the state’s efforts to access $46.9 million in federal mitigation funding.

The Department will be working with state agencies and community partners to draft a substantial amendment to the state's Action Plan for Mitigation to access this long-term mitigation funding.

The State Action Plan was developed when HUD initially announced funding for communities impacted by Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew and Irma.

2021 FRA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
This year the 2021 FRA Annual Conference will be taking place at the Luminary Hotel in Fort Myers, October 27-29.

Conference registration will be opening soon. The full registration fee is $395 for members ($495 for non-members).

The Luminary Hotel has begun taking reservations for the conference.

Reservations can be made by calling the Luminary Group Reservation Line at (833) 918-1512 or you can book your reservation here with the group rate.
AWARD SPOTLIGHT:
PLANNING STUDIES
Congratulations to the Pinellas Park Community Redevelopment Agency for winning the 2020 Planning Studies Award for a large community!

The City of Pinellas Park CRA's project, Plan Update - Creating Our City Center, presents a transformative public realm improvement program and robust redevelopment programming to create the long-sought Pinellas Park City Center.

This project will encourage private-sector housing development and provide transportation safety improvements. These plans are also an effort to continue with the City's long-term goal of creating a better quality of life and eliminating safety challenges.

To learn more about these efforts, please watch the Pinellas Park CRA video by clicking this link or the video icon.

Additional award-winner videos along with the 2020 Best Book can be found here.
JOBS AROUND THE STATE
Procurement/Contracts Manager - City of Sebastian

The City of Sebastian is seeking a procurement/contracts manager responsible for performing professional work of unusual difficulty in the planning, organization, development and coordination of the procurement activities for the entire organization.

The position serves as the principal public procurement official for the City and is responsible for the procurement of all goods, supplies and services in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.


Executive Director - New Port Richey Main Street

The City of New Port Richey is seeking an executive director to coordinate all New Port Richey Main Street activities. The executive director will serve as the principal staff person and will be responsible for representing New Port Richey Main Street regionally and nationally as appropriate.

The executive director will also assist with the preparation of reports to funding agencies and supervise volunteers and part-time consultants.


There are several additional job postings for positions throughout the state, click here to view them.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR REDEVELOPMENT BY:
Listening to FRA's very own Redevelopment Works podcast!

The Redevelopment Works podcast features a variety of guest speakers to cover and discuss hot topics, information and resources you won't find anywhere else. 

Episodes are available on top podcast platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Podcasts. We also post each episode to MyFRA for member access.

For more information on our podcast and to start listening to available episodes, click here.
FRA RESOURCES
April 22, 2021

Thank you for supporting Florida redevelopment!
Have questions or news worth sharing? Email Amber Hughes at ahughes@flcities.com