Getting Your Redevelopment Project Funded in the Underserved Community
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Camellia AB

The goal of this forum is to provide examples of why it’s important to be engaged in the local government budgeting process. How to plug into the process, as a stakeholder, and how to get your projects funded will be discussed. Local de- cisions are made based on funding, but a lot of times it’s also based on public participation. So, we need to make sure the residents are focused on the funding and not rely on just hav- ing a seat at the table. Our “Diversity Session” will continue the discussion, when you can also actively engage.

Moderator: Ken Thomas, MPA, Director of Housing & Rede- velopment, City of Leesburg
Speakers: The Honorable John H. Christian, Commissioner, City of Leesburg; Tony Otte, CEcD, CRA/Economic Development Director, City of New Smyrna Beach; and Sandra R. Wilson, Deputy City Manager, ICMA-CM, MBA, SPHR, City of Ocala

Sandra Wilson – Sandra is the Deputy City Manager for the City of Ocala. In that role, she oversees the Electric Utility, Human Resources and Risk Management, Water Resources/Engineering, and Fleet Management. Prior to Deputy City Manager, Sandra served as an Assistant City Manager; and as the Human Resources/Risk Management Director. Sandra has been with Ocala for 18 years.

Prior to Ocala, Sandra held director level positions with the City of Lauderdale Lakes and the Town of Lady Lake, Florida. Sandra has a BA in Business Administration, a MA in Human Resources Development, and a MBA. Sandra is an ICMA Credentialed City Manager.