Dear Redevelopment Professionals,
It has been an honor to serve alongside everyone while we all strive to better the communities in which we live, work and play. As professionals in this industry, sometimes it appears we take one step forward and two steps backward, but rest assured progress is happening. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure (Colin Powell).
Redevelopment is a difficult task; challenging, but extremely rewarding when the projects are complete, and the services rendered. Sometimes we wonder why we selected this profession. Well, maybe we didn’t. Maybe it chose us. We have a responsibility to make our communities better.
Public servants who are called to work in community redevelopment have one of the most rewarding positions in America. We are the ultimate problem solvers, peacemakers, negotiators, and optimists. We often work out front and behind the scenes. We are the “go-to people” in our communities. Without any doubt, the work we do is extremely challenging, and the lives that we impact are highly respectable, but it takes true dedication from individuals like you to make a difference.
As professional redevelopers, please don’t discount or downplay the great deal of value that you produce for your individual communities. Residents, business owners, policy makers, and spectators all depend on us to ensure streets are cleaned, adequate housing is available, jobs are prevalent, crime is non-existence, and places for entertainment and shopping are all within a short distance.
I hope and pray that each of you have successful redevelopment careers. Let’s be a beacon for redevelopment and not forget the purpose of what we have been chosen to do: “remove slum and blight.” I have been honored to serve the Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA). I am very confident this organization will be in capable hands of people and individuals who care about helping others.
Thank you for allowing me to be your 2022-2023 FRA President!
Take care everyone.
Ken Thomas, MPA, FRA-RP
2022-2023 FRA President