Mr. Crowder is the Founder and CEO of Business Flare. He is an IEDC Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), whose primary areas of expertise are business and entrepreneurial assistance, private capital investment, market research, public private partnerships, redevelopment agency programs and government affairs. He has conducted detailed economic, fiscal and market analysis for business development, investment, and policy issues and created a broad municipal market research and business assistance program. He is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Council of Development Finance Agencies, the Urban Land Institute, the Craft Brewers Association, the American Legion, the Choctaw Nation, ASCAP, the International Chili Society and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Redevelopment Association and the Florida Council for Public Private Partnerships.
Some of the areas Mr. Crowder focuses on are niche revitalization drivers, especially live music and craft breweries. as a practicing musician, he understands the live music industry from every perspective, including performer, venue operator and owner, and local government.
He was the Director of Economic Development for Redevelopment Management Associates from 2013 to 2018, where his responsibilities included economic development, public private partnerships, market research, redevelopment planning, business improvement districts, fiscal impact estimates and real estate. His experience additionally includes 15 years with the City of Miami Beach and the Miami Beach Redevelopment Agency as the Director of Economic Development and Government Affairs, leading the City’s economic development program and multi-jurisdictional lobbying efforts. Mr Crowder began his economic development career in 1994 with the South Beach Business Improvement Districts and the South Beach Marketing Council.