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New! A Staple Southwest Tallahassee Restaurant Looks to Stay Open After Year-Long Closure

It’s been nearly three months since the reopening of the restaurant in late April of this year.

A $213,000 grant from the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency was given to the restaurant–and the renovation took longer than expected.

Watch the video in the link to hear from the Co-owner of Earley’s Kitchen about the keys to staying open, and what patrons think of the establishment.

“I love it! It’s good. I love the renovations; I love everything about it.”

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New! Pensacola approves Community Land Trust Agreement for Three New Affordable Homes

A new model to build affordable housing got the green light from the Pensacola City Council on Monday afternoon.

The Pensacola City Council, meeting as the Community Redevelopment Agency board, unanimously approved donating three properties to the Northwest Florida Community Land Trust in a 5-0 vote.

Under the agreement, the Home Builders Association of West Florida will build two new homes and rehabilitate a third that will be sold as affordable homes to individuals making 120% or less than the area median income. The homes can only be resold in the future to individuals at a price that is affordable for that same level of income.

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New! New Electric Shuttle Service Will Launch in Downtown Orlando this Fall

Downtown Orlando will see the arrival of a new electric shuttle service this fall, as part of an effort by city officials to increase visitation and expand transportation options in the downtown core.

The new program, dubbed Ride DTO, will be an on-demand shuttle service that will essentially function as a publicly subsidized Uber service. An agreement approved by city leaders Monday with Circuit Transit, an eco-friendly micro transit company, will cover the cost of operating five mini-shuttles downtown, including one that is ADA-complaint.

The electric shuttles will offer exclusive rides suitable for small parties, available for pick-up and drop-off within the downtown Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) through a mobile application. By “exclusive,” they mean you can expect rides to service your party only, not a pool situation with other individuals or parties that request a ride while you’re en route to your destination.

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City Council is digging into the Downtown Investment Authority. Here’s What DIA Does.

The Downtown Investment Authority has been the go-to agency in Jacksonville since 2012 for attracting investment into downtown, a mission that’s getting a fresh check-up by a special City Council committee.

The committee created by City Council President Ron Salem will take a close look at whether DIA has met expectations for fostering downtown development and what changes, if any, the city should make in how DIA operates.

City Council member Kevin Carrico, the chairman of the committee, said the goal is that when people take vacations, they’ll pick Jacksonville because it “‘it’s got that awesome downtown. They’ve got beaches. They have rivers. It’s a beautiful place. So that’s what we want at the end of the day.”

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Sirens Will Blare in Winter Haven Thursday. It’s a Test of a New Lightning Alert System

Winter Haven residents at the city’s recreational facilities Thursday might hear sirens go off multiple times, but there’s no reason for alarm.

The City of Winter Haven in collaboration with the Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency has installed a new lightning alert system, DTN On Guard Siren Alerting Solution, at two locations: AdventHealth Fieldhouse and Conference Center, home to Rowdy Gaines pool, and the Florida Citrus Building, home to Nora Mayo Hall, according to a news release.

City staff plan to manually trigger the systems Thursday between noon and 1 p.m., according to city spokesperson Katrina Hill, which may sound multiple times. The lightning alert system consists of a siren and beacon lights located alongside the speaker on the building.

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Financial Discipline, Housing Programs Help Couple Buy First Home

The Knox’s home ownership was helped by a partnership with CDC of Tampa, The City of Tampa, and the Community Redevelopment Agency. Those wanting to buy a house through this program have to take classes on home ownership. And for those who qualify there is help with the down payment.

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Ft. Myers CRA "One Fort Myers" here


Special Project Coordinator – Merritt Island Redevelopment Agency

Job Title: Spcl Proj Coord IV – MIRA

Requisition ID 20726 – Posted

Department: MIRA OFFICE

Position Type: Permanent

Open Until Filled.

Organizational Unit: Merritt Island Redevelopment Agency (50000127)

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time


$2,524.61 biweekly. Actual salary negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Central Area/Merritt Island. Work schedule is Monday through Friday 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. but may require occasional evening work to attend meetings as directed. Performs experienced professional work coordinating assigned tasks, plans, and projects in support of the Merritt Island Redevelopment Agency (MIRA) mission. 

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Housing & Development Program Manager – City of Pensacola Department: Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)

Housing & Development Program Manager

Organization: City of Pensacola

Department: Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)

Address: 222 W. Main St. Pensacola, FL 32502

Recruitment Range: $28.28-$32.88 hourly dependent on knowledge and experience

Closing Date: Continuous

Apply on City of Pensacola jobs website.

This is an administrative professional position that assists with housing and economic development and community development tasks and projects as assigned, such as project management, marketing of community assets, fostering strategic partnerships, and promotion of the City of Pensacola as a desirable place for development.

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Community Development Director - City of Apopka

The City of Apopka, Florida, (pop. 55,496) is seeking a highly qualified local government professional to join its leadership team. As one of the fastest growing cities in Florida, Apopka needs a versatile manager experienced in development planning and regulation, community development plans and economic development initiatives. The Community Development Director directs the Building Safety Division and the Planning and Economic Development Division. The Director manages the administration of regulations for new development and redevelopment. Under the general direction of the City Administrator, the Community Development Director provides compliance oversight for the Comprehensive Plan, Land Development Code and Development Design Guidelines.

Application Deadline: June 21, 2024

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Riviera Beach CRA - Executive Director

The Executive Director position for the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is an executive leadership role that reports exclusively to the Board of Commissioners of the CRA, who also serves as the City Council. This role works closely with the City Manager for Riviera Beach and members of the executive leadership team on both the CRA and City side.

The Executive Director position is highly autonomous and involves planning, initiating, directing and administrative responsibilities in handling the day-to-day operations for the CRA. With approximately 29 FTE’s and a budget of $16,641,758, the agency has the resources and capacity to advance the collective vision of the Board and the community. The goal is to effectively eradicate slum and blight within the CRA District and promote economic growth within the City of Riviera Beach.

Application Deadline: June 28, 2024

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Executive Director - Boynton Beach CRA





Position manages the day-to-day operations, for the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (BBCRA). The Executive Director is a highly responsible position that oversees a wide variety of redevelopment and economic development activities that include fiscal operations, policy making, capital project administration, BBCRA program management, redevelopment plan implementation, property acquisition, business incentives, new business development, business attraction and retention, special business promotion activities as well as the management and maintenance of BBCRA-owned properties. The Position serves as a liaison to businesses and property owners with the overall goal of enhancing the physical and economic character of the districts. Advanced professional work is focused on revitalization and community enhancement within the BBCRA Districts through redevelopment, capital improvement, and branding.

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Director of Development Services – City of Lauderdale Lakes

This position is open until filled.

The City of Lauderdale Lakes located in central Broward County, Florida is a vibrant, connected, diverse and safe community that provides innovative and excellent municipal services in an effective and efficient manner. We value respect, integrity, openness and honesty. The City of Lauderdale Lakes is seeking a highly qualified individual to fill the position of Director of Development Services. The incumbent will serve as an integral part of the Lauderdale Lakes executive management team reporting directly to the City Manager and participating in executive-level discussions and decision-making in a variety of areas.

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Assistant Grants Manager – City of Lauderhill

Assistant Grants Manager


Closing date is 7/11/2024

The following knowledge, skills, and abilities, as outlined herein, are intended to be representative of the type of tasks performed within this position. They are not listed in any order of importance. The omission of specific statements of the duties or functions does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this description. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Read more here

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RFPs / RFQs / LOIs

DeFuniak Springs CRA: Downtown Parking Study

Intent of RFP: The DeFuniak Springs Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) through this Request for Proposal No. 24-01-CRA, is soliciting Proposals from qualified and experienced firms registered to do business in the State of Florida to conduct a Downtown Parking Study. This study will inventory and map existing parking, analyze parking needs and opportunities, and provide recommendations through the development of a parking plan. The Board of Commissioners invites interested firms to respond.

Time and Due Date: The DeFuniak Springs CRA Board will accept Proposals that must include statements of qualifications from firms/individuals, corporations, partnerships, and other legal entities authorized to conduct business in the State of Florida by July 1st, no later than 4:00 pm.

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CRA Consulting Services RFP: City of Palatka 

The City of Palatka and Community Redevelopment Agency (hereinafter referred to as the City) is seeking statements of qualifications from qualified firms or individuals with experience in redevelopment, neighborhood planning, revitalization, and the implementation of a Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) to provide assistance in developing and implementing Community Redevelopment Areas. 

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Downtown Redevelopment – Town Center/City Hall Site (RFP) City of Oldsmar

This is a formal Request for Proposals (“RFP”) being issued to any firm or group of firms able to act in planning and development capacity to implement a mixed-use project on approximately 8.0 acres of “Property” or “Subject Site” owned by the City of Oldsmar(“City”) in downtown Oldsmar adjacent to Tampa Road. The City’s intent is to make this property available on a fee-simple basis to the selected party(ies) able to advance a project deemed to activate this highly visible and centralized location in the community.

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