Metropolitan Planning Organization, Pinellas Planning Council are now Forward Pinellas

In 2014, a special act of the Florida Legislature combined the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization and Pinellas Planning Council into a single entity with a 13-member governing board of elected officials representing the different communities in Pinellas County. After extensive consideration about its mission, role and responsibilities, the organization has been officially rebranded as…

The Gainesville City Beautification Awards

Since 1993, the City of Gainesville has been presenting beautification awards to recognize buildings, landscapes, parks, and public spaces with exemplary design and aesthetic appeal that have positively contributed to the city’s development and progress as a whole. The 2016 award ceremony was held on April 27 and featured noteworthy representatives from the community like…

Power District Vision Coming to Life

After years of community engagement and advanced technical studies, the City of Gainesville is seeking partners to redevelop 17 acres of vacant, former industrial land in southeast Gainesville. A request for qualifications was issued in April by Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The property is located along the north side…

Century Receives $400,000 EPA Environmental Grant for brownfields

The Town of Century has received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) grant for new investments are designed to provide communities with funding necessary to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, promote economic redevelopment and create jobs while protecting human health. EPA’s Brownfields Program…

Downtown Sarasota’s after the CRA

The future of the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area in Sarasota has been a point of contention between city and county leaders for years, generating conflict and feeding a well-established narrative about two local governments not seeing eye to eye. So it was a bit jarring in September when County Commissioners voted to let the issue die…

Keep Tri-Rail Running Through Downtown Miami

A transportation link crucial to easing South Florida’s gridlock is in danger of being derailed if the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority — the powerful, but little-known entity that runs Tri-Rail — fails to approve important agreements and give the project its final green light. Needless to say, too stall such an important project would…