Rock the Block

The funds raised from Rock the Block go directly back into the nonprofit’s Neighborhood Revitalization program, which addresses the need to preserve affordable housing and healthier living conditions through its critical repair and aging-in-place programs. The goal is to help homeowners stay in their existing homes, protect their financial investments, and improve their quality of…

Why Do We Redevelop Communities?

Most organizational leaders, including those in local government, focus on the “how” or the “what” of their actions. In 1999, as a newly elected 22-year-old Palmetto city councilman, my “why” was “improving the citizens’ quality of life.” Over those next four years, my “why” drifted into a lot of “whats,” like a wastewater treatment plant…

Rock the Plaza

The Rock the Plaza event provides a spotlight on plazas located within the BBCRA area while encouraging community members to patronize local businesses and restaurants. The plaza activations feature live music and entertainment, as well as engaging activities in an effort to stimulate foot traffic and showcase the offerings of local businesses. This free business…

City of Homestead: Community Redevelopment Agency offers various grant programs

In our efforts to revitalize the City of Homestead, the Community Redevelopment Agency offers various grant programs that target blight removal and economic development within our community. Commercial Enhancement Grants Commercial Enhancement Grant funds are for the improvement or rehabilitation of the interior/exterior of existing qualified commercial buildings and for businesses relocation and expansion within…

The Greening of Florida’s Brownfields

Federal infrastructure funds are doubling the pace of transforming derelict sites. Over the last quarter-century, Florida has helped to transform almost 200 contaminated sites into clean community hubs. The pace of the redevelopment is about to pick up dramatically. Developer Roxanne Williams, who turns some of those derelict sites into places where she would be…

World Changers are Coming to Panama City

The World Changers organization is bringing volunteers to Panama City in July. The organization is teaming up with the Panama City Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to complete home improvement projects for the residents in Downtown North and Millville. The projects can range from painting to repairing a porch and more. However, in order to receive…