Important Dates


October 14-16, 2020 FRA Annual Conference

We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 FRA Annual Conference at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Jacksonville. For more information, click here.

Submit Your Event

If you are a member of the Florida Redevelopment Association and would like to submit an event to be listed on our events list, please complete the form below. Once your event has been reviewed and approved it will be listed on our events list. If you would like more information about becoming a member click here.

February 1, 2020 – Culinary Bicycle Tour in St. Cloud – Tour, sample and experience Downtown St. Clouds Culinary Options! Lake front to Downtown. Find your Place in the Cloud! For more information, click here.

February 3, 2020 – Florida Housing Coalition – Financing and Monitoring Rental Housing with SHIP- 2pm – Register for Webinar

February 4, 2020 – Florida Housing Coalition – Part 2: Inclusionary Zoning and HB 7103- 2pm- Register for Webinar

February 10, 2020 – Florida Housing Coalition – The Credit Underwriting Process for Affordable Housing- 2pm- Register for Webinar

February 18, 2020 – Florida Housing Coalition – Shared Equity and Permanent Affordability- Sarasota- Register for Workshop

February 25, 2029 – FRA CRA Reporting Template (Interactive Tool) Webinar – 1 p.m.

This webinar will overview the CRA Reporting Template recently developed by FRA members Jeff Burton and Zachary Schwartz, for use in compiling data for this year’s CRA Annual Report deadline March 31, 2020.

We will enable everyone to bring questions to the email format, using go to webinar.  The template workbook, instructions and how-to video have already been sent to all FRA members for their use and review.  It is our hope that in filling out the form, questions will arise that we can answer, and keep for future enhancements.  In the meantime, this template is designed for all CRAs in Florida to use for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The statutory requirements under Chapter 163, Part III apply to the CRA fiscal (SEPT – OCT) year prior to March 31 report deadline.  Join us for an important review of the annual report requirements including what changed in 2019.

Registration link:

February 27, 2020 – Florida Housing Coalition – Creating a Paperless SHIP Program- 2pm- Register for Webinar

Thursday, March 19 – FRA Webinar:  2020 CRA LOCAL ANNUAL REPORTS
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDST

Although the local annual report due March 31 has been the law for many years for CRAs in Florida, the contents of the report have been changed.  It is a SHORT list of contents, but EVERY CRA must make sure that a local annual report is produced.  It does not have to be elaborate, but all the items on the list should be included.  You have heard about the reporting template tool, designed to be a worksheet for internal use, or re-designed as a communication tool for the public. But let’s go through a checklist of the exact requirements in the law now, after CS/HB 9, 2019, so you can make sure you have it all. Current requirements are found in a new section of law, s. 163.371.  For example, let’s agree at the start:  You are not required to copy the state on this report. The city DOES NOT need to be copied on your report if you are a COUNTY CRA. So who do you need to send it to?  Join us for the brief answers regarding the 2020 Local CRA Annual Report requirements.

Register here:


Thursday and Friday, March 26 – 27 – WEBINAR: Business Retention and Expansion

10:30 AM ET – 5 PM ET
This course is held in partnership with the New York State Economic Development Council.
Looking to improve business retention and expansion in your community? Tune in tomorrow at 10:30 AM ET to review the programs, relationships, and data-gathering strategies that will ensure your success.
In this course, you’ll learn about the strategic relationship building, staff team development, and technology necessary to design and implement a business retention and expansion program. Laith Wardi, CEcD, owner of the only CRM built by economic developers, for economic developers, and Erik Collins, Director of Community and Economic Development for Montgomery County, OH, will lead the course as instructors. Registration ends today at midnight, Eastern Time, so save your spot soon!



Friday, March 27 – Florida Housing Coalition Disaster Recovery Update Webinar

Please join the Florida Housing Coalition Friday, March 27 at 1:30 pm for a weekly Disaster Recovery Update Webinar.


This week’s webinar features presenters from the Department of Economic Opportunity to provide an update on Rebuild Florida. Applications are open for homeowners and landlords seeking assistance after Hurricane Irma. Learn the latest about CDBG-DR action plan for Hurricane Michael. The presenters will also discuss the development of the CDBG-DR Mitigation action plan.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
For more information, contact the Florida Housing Coalition at or (850)-878-4219.


Monday, March 30 – IEDC WEBINAR: COVID-19: Demystifying Financial Programs & Resources During This Crisis

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET

Register here:

April 1, 2020 – Special Florida Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council Conference Call 
Small Business Emergency Lending
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
Florida’s small business community is facing unprecedented and challenging times. We all know how disruptive COVID-19 has been to our economy, the business community and our workforce, and the tough decisions as a small business owner you are facing.

As a small business leader, you are invited to join the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council for a special conference call on Wednesday, April 1 at 11 a.m., which will focus on available resources for small businesses, including the emergency bridge loan program and SBA programs. We look forward to having you join us.

We are expecting registrations to max out quickly, so don’t wait!


April 2, 2020 Business Assistance Grants by CRAs 

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDST


What your business community needs right now is cash. They need direct, timely assistance.  While local governments are set up to meet the need of residents, many struggle with how to best meet the needs of their local business community.

Disasters, whether they be natural ones like hurricanes, or health-related ones like COVID-19, will bring numerous challenges to individuals, businesses and communities. However, there are some valuable tools and resources that can help you accelerate your local business and economic recovery efforts.

Sign up for this upcoming webinar where our guest speaker will be showcasing some valuable tactics and resources to help you address come of the most common challenges your businesses are facing, and will be facing in the future. This includes overviewing a range of financial support options, that can be used with CRA or other monies.

Our speaker, Leann Hackman-Carty, is CEO of Economic Developers Alberta, Author of “Master Your Disaster”, and host of MYD Global’s YouTube Channel where she talks “all things disaster” twice a week. You may want to scan her book “Master Your Disaster” in advance for ideas that will be discussed.

We cannot save everyone – that is not your mission – but we can share best practices, and tactics that will enable you to have the highest percentage success rate possible.

Join us for this practical, timely webinar. It is well worth your time.

To Register:


Leann Hackman-Carty, CEO

Economic Developers Alberta

Suite 127

#406, 917-85 St. SW

Calgary, AB, Canada T3H 5Z9

Phone: 403-214-0224

April 2, 2020 Brownfields Briefing Webinar 

Please join us for a Brownfields Briefing Webinar to be held on April 2 from 9:00-11:30 AM.

Please register for the webinar at .

Webinar details can be found here.

April 3, 2020 – IDA Downtown Achievement Awards Deadline for Submissions

Submit your awards (click here)

April 3, 2020 – Webinar: How America Will Lead the Global Recovery

Register for the webinar (click here)

April 28, 2020 Affordable/Workforce Housing in CRA’s…Program and Planning Strategies Webinar

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EDT

Presenters: Sandra Veszi Einhorn, Executive Director, The Coordinating Council of Broward and Jeffrey R. Tart, Senior Loan Officer, Revolving Loan Fund Programs, South Florida Regional Planning Council

Registration link:

Housing affordability is vital to the social and economic sustainability of your communities. By CRA’s implementing affordable/workforce housing in their community planning, young families, seniors and employees directly benefit and become more successful. Housing affordability strengthens the local economy by enhancing market competitiveness and ensuring employers have access to the workers they need for a variety of jobs. Take this opportunity to learn about programs and planning strategies, as well as grant monies, being utilized in Broward County to help address the need for affordable/workforce housing in local CRAs! Registration information is below, or go to this link on the FRA website.

May 5 -9, 2019 – TRANSPLEX – Transportation Planning Exchange

We want to hear from you! TransPlex is all about facilitating an exchange of innovative ideas and best practices. Tell us about the challenges in your own communities and the innovative ways you were able to solve them. Tell us about the challenges you haven’t been able to overcome yet and would like to hear more about at TransPlex. To submit a topic you would be interested in presenting or a topic you would like to hear someone else present, visit our website at

May 14, 2020 – Riviera Beach CRA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Live Webinar

Sign up here:

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June 16, 2020 – Jeff Speck’s COVID-Safe Streets Now

Join the Urban Land Institute for a webinar on making streets safe in a pandemic with guest speaker, Jeff Speck. Jeff is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities.

Learn more or register here

July 24 – 26, 2019 – Florida Main Street Annual Conference 

Florida Main Street is gearing up for their 34th annual conference, in Orlando’s Church Street District. The conference will be held from July 24 – 26th. The Annual Conference offers leaders in commercial district revitalization a unique opportunity to share their successful and innovative solutions with a statewide network of volunteers and professionals The overview for the event can be viewed here:


    • 101 Main Street training
    • 20 educational sessions based on the Four Points Approach™
    • Keynote Speaker Jerry Ross
    • Tour of Pulse Memorial: Recovering From Tragedy (shuttle provided, departing from Amway Center)
    • Tour Downtown Orlando Venues: World-Class Arts and Entertainment (walking tour departing from Aloft Orlando Downtown lobby)
    • 2019 Secretary of State Awards Banquet
    • Networking opportunities with other Florida Main Street programs and vendors

August 1, 2019 – Leveraging Community-Based Redevelopment Opportunities in Florida Opportunity Zones and Brownfield Areas

Hosted by Lewis, Longman & Walker 11:30 – 1:30
Register here

September 12, 2019 – NFEDP Rural Academy 

Central Florida Electric Cooperative
11491 NW 50th Ave, Chiefland, FL 32626

September 12, 2019

Registration Fee:
$85 per person

The Rural Economic Development Academy is designed to provide an in-depth and practical understanding of key issues and considerations associated with successful local and regional economic development, important elements of building and sustaining a local economy, how to build an effective local economic development team, understanding your product and brand-and selling it, and community competitiveness. Targeted invitees include local elected officials, economic development staff and board members, CareerSource professionals, utilities staff and other private service providers, local and regional planning professionals, water management and other special district staff, state agencies, and other local stakeholders involved in the economic development process.

More information

September 27, 2019 – Public Sector Workforce 2030 Summit

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence, The National League of Cities, and ICMA-RC will be hosting an all-day summit on September 27, 2019, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to equip state and local governments with new tools and ideas to plan for the public sector workforce of the future.  The summit will be preceded by a welcoming reception on September 26th (reception location TBD).

Registration is open!

The summit is complimentary, but seating is limited, so register today to guarantee your spot.

October 16-18 – 2019 FRA Annual Conference

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 FRA Annual Conference at the Hilton in Downtown Tampa. For more information, click here.