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Antoine Williams Joins Fort Myers CRA as Assistant Director





FORT MYERS, Fla. (October 30, 2019) – Antoine Williams has joined the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) as Assistant Director. Antoine is a Fort Myers native, and previous to joining the Fort Myers CRA was employed with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), where his principal focus was on providing leadership in the areas of small business development and retention. In similar scope, Antoine will be involved in all facets of the organization including policymaking, project management, budgeting, planning, personnel management, and public relations.
His achievements while with the Miami DDA included:

  • Spearheading a 3-month strategic business outreach and retention campaign with the Small Business Development Center at Florida International University that produced the following results: 16 new jobs; 2 new business launches; and $670,000 increased revenue and $150K secured commercial contracts for participating businesses
  • He authored recommendations report helping streamline the permitting process for City of Miami
  • Handled site-selection and permitting services in Miami DDA’s recruitment of 500 Startups, a $400M venture fund founded in Silicon Valley
  • Nominated to Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Miami XL

With nearly 16 years’ experience, the breadth of Antoine’s broad career experiences has allowed him to rapidly join our CRA team as a valued asset and administrator.



About Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs)
CRAs have proven historically to provide distressed communities with a better economy through improved infrastructure, job opportunities, and housing. Their mission is to make communities, places, and urban spaces safer for residents, to preserve and grow business, and to provide a sense of place for all who live there.
CRAs have demonstrated that the use of Tax Increment Funding (TIF) dramatically improves the economic and social outcomes within their targeted areas. These outcomes benefit both cities and counties and, more importantly, the taxpayers.
About the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
The Fort Myers CRA was created in 1984 by the City of Fort Myers, Florida, under Florida Statute Chapter 163, to formulate a plan and strategy for the revitalization of the downtown River District. The Fort Myers CRA has continued to grow, and redevelopment areas have been added throughout the city.
Today, the Agency oversees 12 different redevelopment areas within the Fort Myers city limits. The Fort Myers CRA, along with the City’s Community Development Division, prepares plans for the revitalization of each area and coordinates the implementation of the plan’s recommendations. Tax Increment Funds (TIF) generated by each area, combined with other funding sources, are used to upgrade the public infrastructure and to stimulate redevelopment in the same area where it was generated. The Fort Myers City Council members, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, oversee the Agency’s divisions and their operations.  The office of the Fort Myers CRA is located at 1400 Jackson Street in the City of Fort Myers’s Downtown River District. Contact: 239-321-7100


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Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Assistant Director Antoine Williams
Credit: Antoine Williams
Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency


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