2021 REDEVELOPMENT AWARD APPLICATION CLOSES SOON
With the June 7 deadline just around the corner, did you know that there are a variety of award categories featured in our statewide program?

Within 14 juried categories, the Roy F. Kenzie Awards celebrate the most innovative and effective redevelopment programs in Florida. Winners demonstrate innovation and positive impact on their communities and inspire other Florida communities.

This year's categories are:

• President’s Award • Annual Report • Capital Projects/Infrastructure • Creative Organizational Development and Funding • Cultural Enhancement • Fiscal Impact Study • Management Programs and Creative Partnerships • Out of the Box • Outstanding Housing Project • Outstanding New Building Project • Outstanding Rehabilitation, Renovation or Reuse Project • Planning Studies • Promotion
• Transportation and Transit Enhancements

Thank you to everyone who has already submitted award entries! For those who haven't, time is running out!

CRA PAINTS THE TOWN WITH VIRTUAL REALITY
Community Redevelopment projects come in many different forms, but the City of Clearwater's CRA discovered a new way to bring local art to life through a partnership with the University of South Florida.

After drawing inspiration from a Salvador Dali pop-up virtual reality experience, the Clearwater CRA brainstormed ways to offer accessible and engaging art experiences in the downtown community.

The USF 3D Access Lab said, "there's an app for that," and "Paint the Town" was born.

To learn more about this project, and how a local partnership allowed a community to bring murals and stories to life, read the full story here.
CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES
The 2021 FRA Annual Conference will attract over 300 redevelopment professionals, as well as elected and appointed officials from throughout the state of Florida.

Attendees are interested in learning new solutions in areas such as economic development, community redevelopment, parks and recreation, financial consulting, infrastructure financing and more.

Gain exposure and showcase proven, real-world solutions by becoming an exhibitor or corporate participant during the conference and help inspire community redevelopment projects across the state.

Learn more about FRA's conference opportunities by viewing the information kit and agreement form here.
FEDERAL FINANCING WEBINARS
Want to learn more about how to finance your projects?

The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) will host the next installment of its Federal Financing Webinar Series on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

The webinar titled, “Federal Financing for Energy and Water Systems,” will highlight best practices, case studies and mitigation tools that can help your community finance critical projects and contribute to revitalization efforts in your area.

Learn more and register with the link below by visitng the CDFA site here.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR REDEVELOPMENT BY:
Submitting your award entries before it is too late!

The deadline to enter for your chance to win a 2021 FRA Award is just 10 days away.

Have you entered your materials online yet?

The FRA Awards is the state's largest program honoring redevelopment efforts and initiatives. You don't want to miss out on the statewide recognition you deserve.

Winners will be recognized during the 2021 FRA Annual Conference in Fort Myers.

FRA RESOURCES
May 27, 2021

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