Live Oak — The local Extension Office and the Live Oak Community Redevelopment Agency teamed up with dozens of locals for a bus tour to three different regional cities to learn about a range of projects completed through their CRAs and how the community at large has benefitted from them.
About 30 people attended the tour.
The first bus stop was in Gainesville at the Technology Enterprise Center. Senior Analyst Sarah Vidal-Finn gave the audience an overview of what the CRA has done in Gainesville and provided some insight to their future developments.
Since Tropical Storm Debby, the city of Live Oak has been working to develop a storm water drainage system that would prevent future flooding. Engineer Diane Gilreath with the CRA in Gainesville spoke to the crowd about storm water issues and showed examples of different projects the CRA has done to avoid excessive water in downtown streets. Business Development Coordinator Shaad Rehman explained how the CRA has used facade programs and other economic development incentives to grow their community.