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St. Cloud Downtown Revitalization Project

Residents, business owners, media members and local, state and county leaders joined the City of St. Cloud during its Historic Downtown Revitalization Groundbreaking Ceremony. “The concept of transforming our downtown area has been discussed for years. To finally break ground on this historic endeavor, marks the beginning of many exciting things for our current and…


County Officials Looking to Reuse Old Properties

MARIANNA, Fla. – Counties from Escambia, to Jefferson, and everything in between, have vacant properties that just aren’t helping economic development. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection hosts an annual program that teaches county officials ways to help redevelop the properties. Often times, gas stations, laundromats, landfills and other old properties will be left vacant for years,…


How Culture Shapes Economic Development

One of the big questions in urbanism is the degree to which culture shapes economic development. Traditionally, it was thought that culture follows from economic development: The more developed and affluent that a city becomes, the more money that it has to spend creating art galleries, museums, concert halls, and other cultural venues. But my own writing…


Suwannee County earns national achievement award for Business Incentive Program to promote Economic Development

WASHINGTON – Suwannee County Business Incentive Program has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. NACo recognized “Suwannee County Business Incentives” program in the category of Community and Economic Development, this is a performance based tax…


Tallahassee – CRA boundaries expanding to include three Southside neighborhoods

Almost from the day he joined the City Commission in 2014, Curtis Richardson has insisted on the need to expand the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment District to include several blighted neighborhoods. “This is something I recognized as a need four years ago,” Richardson said today, after the Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency voted to expand the…