This monthly newsletter is produced in effort to keep you better informed and engaged about the work of your Fort Myers CRA.
Sixteen Units Added to St. Peter Claver Place, Rebate Agreement Amended

St. Peter Claver Place Apartments will be adding 16 more units to the affordable housing apartment complex and has been approved for a $500,000 increase of their CRA Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Rebate. The apartment project will now offer 136 units

Located in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. redevelopment area, the complex will provide one, two and three bedroom apartments to residents as well as a community building. This project will help alleviate the current deficit of housing in Fort Myers redevelopment areas.
CRA Supports Edison Universe

Together with the Horizon Foundation, the City of Fort Myers, the Fort Myers CRA has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to support the Edison Universe.

From 2020 through 2024 for a minimum of three seasons, the annual
Edison Awards Ceremony and Innovation Showcase will be hosted at
the Luminary Hotel and Convention Center in Fort Myers Downtown redevelopment area. The CRA will contribute $25,000 per year for three years, together with the same amount contributed by the City of Fort Myers.

Since 1987, the Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative new products, services and business leaders from around the globe. The Awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) and symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison, while also strengthening the human drive for innovation, creativity and ingenuity.

The Edison Awards also help foster economic development at local restaurants, stores, and hotels, as well as promote education and innovation locally with a global outreach.
Business Spotlight: McAlister's Auto Repair
McAlister's Auto Repair, located at 3265 Palm Beach Blvd.,is a legacy business which has been operating in the East Fort Myers redevelopment area since in 1969. They provide complete auto repairs and maintenance in Fort Myers, including starters and alternators, electronic systems, and air conditioners; scheduled maintenance; and tires.
Lee CARES Individual Assistance: Apply by August 28

English: APPLY NOW: Assistance is limited to only one-time per household and assistance cannot exceed $3,000. Payments will be made directly to your landlord, mortgage company and/or utility company. Annual household income, at the time of application, must be below the income limit. Income limits vary by household size. The applicant must have had a loss of employment or reduced work hours due to COVID-19. Recipients of round 1 assistance are eligible to reapply for round 2. Additional paperwork will be required when you apply.

Español: APLICA AHORA: La asistencia se limita a una sola vez por hogar y no puede exceder los $ 3,000. Los pagos se realizarán directamente al propietario, compañía hipotecaria y / o compañía de servicios públicos. Los ingresos familiares anuales, en el momento de la solicitud, deben estar por debajo del límite de ingresos. Los límites de ingresos varían según el tamaño del hogar. El solicitante debe haber tenido una pérdida de empleo o una reducción de las horas de trabajo debido a COVID-19. Los beneficiarios de la asistencia de la ronda 1 son elegibles para volver a solicitar la ronda 2. Se requerirá documentación adicional cuando presente la solicitud.
2020/2021 Business Directories Online

In an effort to support business within our redevelopment areas, the Fort Myers CRA is promoting Business Directories for:

They will be available on the CRA's website and will be updated as information changes.
Shop & Dine Downtown!
Free Parking Continues Through September

Park downtown for FREE as a patron of downtown businesses!

Free parking continues through September 30, 2020, Monday - Thursday, beginning at 4 p.m. in the City parking garages. Visit City of Palms Garage at 2118 Bay Street or Main Street Garage at 2286 Main Street.
Lee CARES Small Business Rehire Grant

English: APPLY NOW: Businesses have an opportunity to apply for help through the LeeCARES Business Rehire grant program. Assistance is available to eligible businesses (and some nonprofits; see below) that are rehiring employees laid off or furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of $5,000 - $8,000 are available for each full-time employee (or FTE equivalent) rehired. Funds can only be used for operating expenses not covered by other resources. Businesses receiving the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) may be eligible if their covered loan period has expired. Businesses must have 250 or fewer employees, and the business owner must be a Lee County resident.

Español: APLICA AHORA: Las empresas tienen la oportunidad de solicitar ayuda a través del programa de subsidios LeeCARES Business Rehire. La asistencia está disponible para empresas elegibles (y algunas organizaciones sin fines de lucro; ver más abajo) que están recontratando empleados despedidos o suspendidos debido a la pandemia de COVID-19. Las subvenciones de $5,000 - $8,000 están disponibles para cada empleado a tiempo completo (o equivalente FTE) recontratado. Los fondos solo pueden usarse para gastos operativos que no están cubiertos por otros recursos. Las empresas que reciben el Programa federal de protección de cheques de pago (PPP) pueden ser elegibles si su período de préstamo cubierto ha expirado. Las empresas deben tener 250 empleados o menos, y el propietario de la empresa debe ser residente del condado de Lee.
Current college/university students are invited to apply for two internship opportunities with the Fort Myers CRA!

Gain valuable experience in your field while still in school.

Multi-media and Marketing Intern (Temporary Part-Time)
Salary: $10 per hour
Job Number: 20-103

This internship is for students majoring in Marketing to receive on-the-job exposure and experience to learn how to create marketing materials that promote the projects of the CRA. Promotional outlets will include social media, website, and other marketing media.

Redevelopment and Planning Intern (Temporary Part-Time)
Salary: $10 per hour
Job Number: 20-102

This internship is for students to assist with planning, preparing and developing reports on projects and programs related to the redevelopment of one or more of the City's community redevelopment areas.

Hurry, applications close on 8/30/2020 11:59 PM Eastern!
Unrestricted Grants Available for Nonprofit Organizations

Local nonprofit organizations: would you like to hire a new employee, improve your technology & software, expand or buy a new building, or launch a new program?

You can now apply to receive one of three $25,000 unrestricted grants, or one of 19 $5,000 unrestricted grants, through the Cape Coral Community Foundation.

Attend the online virtual information meeting on Thursday, August 27 at 9:30 a.m. for details.

2020 Grant Seekers Zoom Meeting
Thursday, August 27, 9:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 893 6023 0907
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Free Real Estate Class on September 7

Hands of Hope Helps Ministries, Trinity Commercial Group (TCG), and For Prophet have come together to sponsor a FREE real estate class just for you!

Do you feel left out, excluded, or hopeless? This opportunity may help you turn the page.
Learn from Dan O’Berski, founder of Trinity Commercial Group, in a FREE real estate class that will cover a number of topics in real estate.
2020 Census

Help bring funding to your neighborhood by taking the Census survey now!

The deadline to respond to the 2020 Census has been extended to October 31, 2020. Your response can make a difference in your neighborhood Participating in the Census every decade ensures that Fort Myers receives its share of federal funding.