Your Weekly FRA Update:

January 12, 2023

New! Take 5: Five Questions with Dr. Jeff Burton

Q: What is the most exciting part of being in redevelopment?

Jeff: “Being able to learn and improve my own profession, then teach others from my efforts. I also enjoy the constant test of my creative abilities as a redevelopment professional and the tangible after-effect of a beautiful redevelopment project and the long-lasting benefit it has in the community.”

Read more about Jeff

New! Redevelopment Academy Classes Begin in February

The Academy is a unique educational program, designed to promote a prerequisite level of knowledge and professionalism in the field of community redevelopment. The courses are open to anyone interested in learning more about redevelopment practice in Florida.

Core Courses

  • Budgeting, Funding, and Reporting – March 24
  • CRA 101 – April 21
  • Operations and Capacity Building – May 19

Elective Courses

  • Creating & Using Redevelopment Incentives – February 17
  • Housing as a Redevelopment Tool – April 21
  • Planning Strategically for Redevelopment – June 9
  • Capital Project Management – July 14
  • Infrastructure I – Above Ground – July 28

Read more here.

Congrats! 2022 Great Places in Florida People’s Choice Award Winner

On December 13, 2022, Wiatt Bowers, President of the Florida chapter of the American Planning Association presented the 2022 Great Places in Florida People’s Choice Award to Collier County Community Redevelopment Agency. Karen Beatty, Chairwoman of the Bayshore Gateway Triangle Community Redevelopment Area and Maurice Gutierrez, Chairman of the Bayshore Beautification MSTU accepted the award on behalf of the community.

Read more here.

Last Call! Call to Artists - Deadline 1/13/23

This is the inaugural year that the North Miami CRA sponsors an artistic competition to select the official Caribe Arts Fest poster. The winning artist receives a $500 cash prize. The competition is open to all artists.

Read more here.

Reminder! AfriKin Art: The Gaze Africana Exhibition

The Gaze Africana features a distinctive line-up of international Black artists and creatives, whose works represent African Excellence. Capturing “the gaze” connects us to another world – allowing us to look beyond – steadily and intently, in admiration, surprise, or thought. The Gaze Africana explores ideologies connected to African art. This deployment of contemporary Africana fine art in the NoMi district (North Miami) presents a cultural panorama, highlighting the diverse and vibrant traditions of African diasporic art and culture.

Read more here.

Tesla Facility Under Construction Boasts a Smooth Ride

A Tesla facility in an underdeveloped St. Petersburg neighborhood announced in April is coming into the final stretch as construction wraps up.

In a December interview, Rob Truett, a Delray Beach developer behind the highly-anticipated project in Lealman says the goal was to open by the end of 2022. That timing would be a nice capstone to a project that, so far, has defied what’s become a common theme in construction amid the pandemic and post-pandemic environment of the supply chain, cost, and other obstacles.

Instead, Truett says there haven’t really been any major challenges.

Read more here.

More FRA News to Use

Did you know we post new articles all week long to keep you in the know? Recent article topics include:

  • AfriKin Art: The Gaze Africana Exhibition
  • Tesla Facility Under Construction Boasts a Smooth Ride
  • District 1 North Beulah Neighborhood Cleanup on January 4
  • Brooksville Awards CRA Grant
  • 2023 Could Be the Year Downtown Clearwater Begins Transformation

Check out our website for the latest info, plus explore more jobs and RFPs/RFQs. Click here to visit the FRA website.

All New! More FRA Member Job Postings

Here are recent redevelopment positions available from FRA members across the state of Florida:

  • Associate Planner – City of Margate
  • Permit Specialist II – City of Margate
  • Senior Planner – Charlotte County
  • Assistant Director, Community Redevelopment Agency – City of Homestead
  • Deputy Director Communications – City of Fort Myers

Click here for more jobs!

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