City of Tarpon Springs Launch of New Community Engagement Platform

The City of Tarpon Springs is excited to announce that the new community engagement platform, Connect Tarpon Springs, has launched! Connect Tarpon Springs is a place for the community to get involved by sharing ideas and feedback on a variety of topics affecting our community! Connect Tarpon Springs allows members of the community to participate and contribute to…

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Fort Myers CRA Board of Commissioners Approves NEW CRA Home Preservation Program and Partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

Fort Myers, FL. On March 17, the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is proud to announce that its new Home Preservation Program will partner with Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties (Habitat). Homeowners with outstanding code violations may qualify to have projects/repairs completed by Habitat. The maximum assistance is $25,000 owner-occupied dwellings…

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Guest column: Successful public private partnerships

We have heard a lot recently about public-private partnerships, most notably in the debate over the redevelopment agreement between Jacksonville and the Jaguars to develop Lot J. Broadly speaking, public-private partnerships or PPPs are collaborations between the public and private sectors to facilitate development projects and build public facilities and infrastructure. A few years ago,…

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Small rural counties and cities receive business development grants

Fourteen small rural counties and cities recently received grants totaling $348,400 for site preparation projects designed to lure new businesses to the area. The awards are part of Enterprise Florida Inc’s (EFI) Rural Expansion Toolkit initiative to assist rural communities with broad-based economic engagement and capacity building efforts. “Many rural communities throughout the state that…

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Lakeland CRA launches Art Infusion program for murals, facades along South Florida Avenue

Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency is hoping it can inspire businesses and artists alike to show their love for the South Florida Avenue corridor this month. The Lakeland CRA will launch an Art Infusion Grant Program starting Feb. 15 to help bring new life and color to Dixieland and downtown Lakeland. It will fund approximately a half million…

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