Wednesday - October 27, 2021

DETAILS

Registration Desk Open
7:00 a.m.

Galleria

SESSION DETAILS

Walking Tour: Fort Myers Tour with Educational Narratives of Local History
(addl. fee $50.00; pre-reg. required)
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Meet in Hotel Lobby

As you walk on the brick streets that Thomas Edison once called home, you’ll get to explore the Fort Myers historic River District and the redevelopment projects that have awakened the once sleepy downtown into a thriving commerce and entertainment center. On this guided tour, you will have the opportunity to go inside the restored Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center. Its former use was a post office. It is now home to the Historic Arcade Theatre where the Florida Repertory Theatre Company performs. They are touted in The Wall Street Journal as “One of America’s Top Repertory Companies.” Using tax increment financing, the Fort Myers CRA has helped to breathe new life into the downtown while increasing taxable values and improving public infrastructure.

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Bus Tour: Cleveland, Downtown and MLK
(addl. fee $50.00; pre-reg. required)
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Meet Outside Front Main Entrance to Hotel (Edwards Drive)

Learn about three of our redevelopment areas: Cleveland Avenue, Downtown and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. You’ll see firsthand that #RedevelopmentWorks in Fort Myers! We will highlight infrastructure improvements and redevelopment projects that have increased the taxable values in our areas while attracting new residents and new businesses. The first stop is “Collaboratory,” the greatest community problem solving initiative in American history that is located in the refurbished Atlantic Coast Railway Depot. This site ties in the timeless history of Fort Myers and offers a place for nonprofits and other community members to work together to share ideas
and initiatives to help create a better Fort Myers. The next stop is Grand Central. The Fort Myers CRA worked with a developer to transform a former mobile home site into a 280-multifamily unit vibrant mixed-use community that features 15,000 square feet of retail space. The development includes a “Krispy Kreme.” Upon opening, it sold close to one million donuts in just two weeks, the News-Press newspaper reported. You’ll learn about the restoration underway at McCollum Hall, formerly a stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit – back in the day, this venue featured famous entertainers and musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. Our last stop on this tour will be West End at City Walk, a mixed-use project that has transformed a 7.9-acre vacant site (formerly Boulevard Plaza, a deteriorated strip mall) into a five-story, 318-multifamily units and a 12,000+ square-foot amenity center. Future phases of this project may include Class “A” office space, a hotel and/or restaurants.

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CRA Board Training Course
(additional fee $50.00; pre-registration required)
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Workshop

This session is designed for CRA staff, elected and appointed officials, volunteers and advisory board members. It provides a succinct overview of what you need to know that you don’t know in the universe of CRAs. Learn some helpful practical, legal and administrative best practices for CRA policymaking success.

Speakers and Facilitators:
Jeff Burton, Executive Director, City of Palmetto, Community Redevelopment Agency
Berk Edwards, Esquire, CRA Attorney, Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency, Edwards Mediation & General Counsel Services

DETAILS

Exhibit Hall Open
11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Salon C

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Welcome Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Salon C

Sponsored by Cardno Inc. and Goldstein Kite Environmental, LLC

SESSION DETAILS

Welcome and Opening Keynote Address
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Salon D, E

Sponsored by Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency

Address of Welcome:
Fred Burson,
CRA Board Chairman, City of Fort Myers
Kevin Anderson,
Mayor, City of Fort Myers

Keynote: Leadership: Creative Workplace Culture

Keynote Speaker: Mike Sittig, Executive Director Emeritus, Florida League of Cities

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Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Salon C

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What to Expect this Session: Legislative Preview
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Salon A

The Florida Legislature is gearing up for the January start of the 2022 Legislative Session. Hear from the FRA’s legislative counsel on what important issues will be addressed and how they will impact redevelopment. Also, hear the latest on federal legislation, including the American Rescue Plan Act and infrastructure spending.

Moderator: Jeff Burton, Executive Director, City of Palmetto, CRA
Speakers: Amber Hughes, Executive Director, FRA, Senior Legislative Advocate, Florida League of Cities;
Ryan Matthews, Esq., Partner, Peebles, Smith & Matthews

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Considerations for Paid and Unpaid Curbside Parking
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Salon B

This panel discussion will walk the audience through the City of Sarasota and the City of Fort Myers’ opportunity to redefine and sustain its public parking inventory, including the decision to implement a paid parking program within its commercial parking districts. From an array of stakeholder sessions to going all in with pay-by-plate and pay-by-phone technology solutions, the audience will experience firsthand how to: improve the perception of public parking, understand the obstacles and challenges when moving from a free to a paid system, gain insight and ideas on overcoming objections to change and plan for key considerations before committing to paid parking.

Moderator: Jim M. Corbett, CAPP, Director of Studies, Walker Consultants
Speakers: Mark Lyons, Parking Manager, City of Sarasota
Tom Szubka, Senior Consultant, Walker Consultants
Christine Tenney, CFO, City of Fort Myers

DETAILS

Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Salon C

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Transforming Communities and Adding Value Through Placemaking
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Salon A

Panelists will discuss collaborative design and development techniques that create value while preserving and celebrating the history, heritage and culture of communities.

Moderator: Nancy Walker, President, Walker Brands
Speakers: Leonard Burke, Managing Partner, Cornerstone Strategic Partners
Felix Deloatch, Senior Director of Florida Operations, Torti Gallas + Partners
Michael Rollison, Director of Retail + Placemaking, Torti Gallas + Partners

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Environmental Justice and Social Equity through Brownfields Redevelopment
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Salon B

Florida’s Brownfields Redevelopment Act, enacted in 2002, is designed  to synergize with The Redevelopment Act of 1969. Brownfield areas and sites are most easily designated by local governments when located in CRAs, and the state specifically tells brownfield redevelopers to seek out CRAs and their unique increment revenue to remediate and redevelopment stigmatized brownfield sites. Florida and New York are the only two states in the Country, who state brownfields statutes directly address “environmental justice”. What is environmental justice and why does it exist? How should it be addressed and, what should be its end result?  The Florida Brownfield Association’s Brownfields and  Public Health Committee will engage FRA members in a discussion on the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regarding environmental regulations. Please attend this one of a kind breakout session!

Moderator: Miles Ballogg, Practice Leader – Brownfields & Economic Development, Senior Principal – Brownfields

Speakers: Krystal (Pree) Hepburn, Ph.D., Environmental Scientist / Consultant
Charles Ray, VP Government Initiatives and Brownfields, PPM Consultants, Inc.
Jeff Burton, M.P.A. FRA-RA, DFCP, Director, Palmetto CRA

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Unscrambling MLEINTIMPEANOT … IMPLEMENTATION
4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Salon A

Is your plan on a shelf? A successful plan must begin with a vision on the front end and include the right implementation structure on the back end. In this session, we will unscramble the necessary steps to establish the structure for successful implementation.

Moderator: Michelle Hylton-Terry, FRA-RA, Executive Director, Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency
Speakers: Claudia McKenna, Esq., CRA Attorney Community Redevelopment Legal Services
Sharon McCormick, Director of Business Attraction & Marketing, RMA

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Partnering with Banks for Redevelopment
4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Salon B

Join the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for a discussion on partnering with banks for redevelopment. Participants will hear about best practices and examples of bank partnerships in community and economic development, as well as have an opportunity to discuss
their existing projects and programs.

Moderator: Brenda Thrower, Economic Development Specialist, City of Tampa, Ybor City Development
Speakers: April Atkins, AICP, Community Affairs Specialist, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Lisa Mifflin, CRCM, District Community Affairs Officer, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, FIC

DETAILS

Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Salon C

Sponsored by S&ME, Inc. and Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY
OCTOBER 27, 2021

THURSDAY
OCTOBER 28, 2021

FRIDAY
OCTOBER 29, 2021