Welcome to the 2021 FRA Awards online submittal pages. This is where you can upload all the information required to submit a project or program for a FRA 2021 Redevelopment Award. If you fill in the information on the form, the system will let you submit.  If there are holes, it will remind you to enter or upload information.

Please carefully review all the information and the TIPS sheet before beginning. We recommend that you also gather all your information and know how to upload the files before starting, so that you can complete the submittal in one sitting.

In order to submit an award, you must be an FRA member in good standing. If you’re not sure if you’re a member go to www.my.redevelopment.net and sign in. There is a current membership directory that will include the name of your company or organization. Membership benefits are open to anyone connected with that entity. The entry fee is $200 per award submittal. This year’s deadline is June 14, 2021.

Winners will be notified prior to the annual conference in October. We always provide a host of benefits for winners, which include media kits, counseling on
how best to promote, and an opportunity for a live video at the conference to further promote the award/project.

A winning entry is an acknowledgment of excellence for the work an organization is doing. All entries will be evaluated on the effectiveness and completeness of the entry. A cross-section of Florida redevelopment professionals will evaluate and rank all submissions.

For more information, contact Jan Newton, FRA Executive Assistant, jnewton@flcities.com, or (850) 701-3622.

Complete the form below to submit your entry.

NOTE: The system at this time does not allow you to save your entries, get out of the system and go back in. You have to upload everything at once.

Once your form has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation message to verify that your entry has been sent and received. You can either download a payment form or you can use the link to the right of the page to submit it online.

(Note: If you have questions regarding what type of content or materials you should enter in the form, please contact Amber Hughes at ahughes@flcities.com or (850) 701-3621. If you are having technical difficulties with the form, please email Michael Winn at mwinn@rboa.com for assistance.) 

AWARD SUBMITTAL INSTRUCTIONS

Please read these instructions before beginning your online submission.  Be sure that in order to qualify, the payment and entry are submitted by June 14, 2021 (postmarked or online). 

NOTE:  You must be a member in good standing to submit an award entry.  

Need inspiration? See previous year “Best Books” under Awards

Need guidance? Here are some tips:

  • The system will not tell you that your photos have been uploaded until you hit the SUBMIT button.
  • At this time the system does not allow you to save your entries. You will need to get out of the system and go back in. 
  • You have to upload everything all at once.
  • Fill out all the boxes that you can, if there is an asterisk, it is required.
  • Each box only allows the uploading of one document or photo – use the “other” boxes to add photos or documents you feel are pertinent.

By filling out this online form, you will have completed the submittal form with all of this information:  

1)         Project title:  what is the name of the project, plan or study? (This title will appear in all publications.)

2)         Image: this is of the project/study/plan – the system requires this…please upload your best hi-resolution photo that you would like included in the Best Book

3)         100-word description (This summary of your entry is used in the Best Book.)

4)         Now fill out the boxes that comprise a “narrative” of your entry:

  • Innovation– How the project used new ideas to solve problems or to carry out the project or program
  • Community Impact –  How the project improved economic, social, design, cultural assets of the community
  • Funding– How the project leveraged funding and in-kind assistance
  • Problem Solving– How the project used problem-solving to address unique local issues
  • Applicability to Other Communities– Why this project or program could be transferred to other communities
  • Other Things to Tell the Judges – A description of any other aspects (first of its kind, most successful, aspects not included above) 

5)  PowerPoint – Four slides with before and after photos* (from two different perspectives) and up to ten other slides* in PowerPoint format (*all photos please high-resolution image 300 dpi).  IF you would rather upload high resolutions photos separately instead of in the PowerPoint, please upload under “other” (additional) boxes.

6)  Documents – For a plan, study, marketing piece or other documents, provide the online link to the document or a summary of the document

7) Check one of the category boxes appropriate for your entry: 

Annual Report – We want to recognize great communications about the positive impact of the CRA on a community, regardless of budget.

Capital Project/Infrastructure – Streetscapes, Landscaping, Parks, Wayfinding, Lighting, Stormwater, etc.

Creative Organizational Development – Successful incentive, loan and grant programs; land assembly projects; and projects that combine multiple funding sources, partnerships, resources

Cultural Enhancement – Art and cultural projects, events and activities that enhance redevelopment of an area

Fiscal Impact Study – Programs that have successfully analyzed data, tracked it over several years, over the term of a project, or combined it with other measurement tools

Management Programs/Creative Partnerships – DDAs, DIBs, DIAs, business attraction and retention, hospitality partnerships, community policing, ambassador programs, etc.

Out of the Box – Those that don’t fit into any of the other categories can be nominated for this award. We reserve the right to place the submission into another category.

Outstanding Housing Project – Affordable, market rate, workforce, low to moderate income, with or without incentives or partnerships

Outstanding New Building – New buildings constructed with or without incentives in redevelopment areas

Outstanding Rehab, Renovation or Reuse – Buildings rehabilitated with or without incentives in redevelopment areas

Planning Studies – Redevelopment, feasibility, blight findings, streetscapes, landscapes, market analysis/ business development, designs, zoning, historic preservation, etc.

Transportation – Trolleys, trains, electric cars, sidewalks, access, bus shelters, stations, linkages, infrastructure, reuse of rails

  • Small Project/Program – This award is for projects submitted in jurisdictions with less than 25,000 in population. In addition to being considered under one of the above categories for which you have submitted, your entry qualifies you to be considered as the best of all small project/program entries.

For help, contact Jan Newton, FRA Executive Assistant, jnewton@flcities.com, or (850) 701-3622.

(Note: You will need a username/password to sign in.  Contact Jan Newton, FRA Executive Assistant, jnewton@flcities.com, or (850) 701-3622. if you have never logged into our payment system before. This username and password is different than the MyFRA login credentials.)