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Michele Hylton-Terry Appointed to FRA Board of Directors

FORT MYERS, Fla. (November 1, 2019) – Fort Myers CRA Executive Director Michele Hylton-Terry was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) on October 17, 2019, at the FRA’s Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida.

The FRA is the statewide organization that promotes redevelopment in Florida. Their Board of Directors are volunteer leaders who are responsible for the direction of the organization. The Board governs, develops policy, and sets a course for the future. Their focus is on the mission and strategic goals of the Florida Redevelopment Association. Functions include governance, policy and position development, maintaining a visionary/future focus, and fiduciary responsibilities.

“I am honored to accept this very important role with the Florida Redevelopment Association,” stated Mrs. Hylton-Terry. “I hope to support the positive function that redevelopment plays throughout the State of Florida, in addition to my position as Executive Director of the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency.”

The Fort Myers CRA leads redevelopment and revitalization of the city’s most blighted areas. Mrs. Hylton-Terry was appointed Executive Director for the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in June 2018. She has been with the Agency since 2003.

 

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

About Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA)

Founded in 1974, FRA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting Florida professionals and volunteers in community revitalization efforts. With its mission of “transforming spaces, revitalizing places,” FRA is committed to providing a forum for its more than 300 members to share knowledge and common experiences regarding revitalization opportunities and issues throughout Florida. FRA encourages the adoption of legal and financial tools and programs favorable to community growth and serves as a statewide clearinghouse for redevelopment information. Contact: 800-342-8112