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Florida League of Cities names new leadership, award recipients

The Florida League of Cities announced a change of command Wednesday, including a newly elected president and two officers. Lakeland Commissioner Phillip Walker will serve as the League’s president. Walker, a former police officer, was first elected to the Lakeland City Commission in 2010. Among other affiliations, he is an immediate past president of the Florida Black…

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Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency Invites Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs to “Find Their Perfect Match”

The City of Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency (HCRA) wants to help local businesses and entrepreneurs grow their dreams and find their perfect match at the Small Business Matchmaker on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 10am until 5pm at the Phichol Williams Community Center, 951 SW 4th Street, Homestead, FL. Attendees will learn about grant opportunities,…

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NMTC Allocation Award $35 Million

Florida Community Loan Fund has received an award of $35 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocation from the U.S. Treasury Community Development Financial Institution Fund. FCLF – Florida-based and Florida-focused – will devote 100% of this award to the underserved state of Florida. ​This year’s NMTC award will allow FCLF to continue building on its track…

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Florida League of Cities names St. Augustine city leaders ‘Home Rule Heroes’

St. Augustine’s City Manager John Regan and Vice Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline have been recognized for their efforts to maintain local control on a variety of issues. The Florida League of Cities recognized both officials with a 2021 Home Rule Hero Award for their work during the 2021 Legislative Session, according to a city news release. “Sikes-Kline and Regan worked tirelessly…

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Governor DeSantis Announces More Than $30 Million to Improve Infrastructure, Community Redevelopment and Job Creation in Small and Rural Florida Communities

PERRY, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI) have awarded several grants totaling more than $30 million to improve infrastructure, community redevelopment and job creation in small and rural Florida communities. $29 million was awarded through the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant…

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First Shop Opens in New Downtown Winter Garden Plant Street Exchange Building

Downtown Winter Garden’s newest building, Plant Street Exchange, is nearly complete and its first occupant, Apricot Lane Boutique, has opened. More retail shops and restaurants, as well as an adjacent City park, will open this summer. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Tanja Gerhartz June 25, 2021 407-947-1720  tgerhartz@cwgdn.com  First Shop Opens in New Downtown Plant Street…

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Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency Opens First Time Homebuyer Program

The Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency (HCRA) First Time Homebuyer Program is now open. Eligible first-time buyers can receive down payment and/or closing cost assistance of up to $10,000 and current residents of the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) may receive up to $15,000. “We’re hoping residents will take advantage of this program to help achieve the…

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CRA hosts a presentation with one of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists of all time

Haines City’s CRA invites affiliates and partner agencies to join in a virtual session with renowned Joe Minicozzi, AICP, of Urban3. Mr. Minicozzi’s lecture will discuss community redevelopment and economic growth – “he will challenge your perception of market forces and how they affect the built environment.” Scheduled for June 1, 2021, from 12:00 noon…

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