FRA 2019 Annual Conference

The 2019 Florida Redevelopment Association Annual Conference will be held October 16-18, 2019 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown.  For more information go to www.redevelopment.net.
When
10/16/2019 - 10/18/2019
Where
Hilton Tampa Downtown 211 North Tampa St. Tampa, FL 33602

Program

   

1) CRA Board Certification Course

 
Wednesday, October 16 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Hilton Tampa Downtown We have changed the name and added a certification element to the Boot Camp class. That is all that is changed, but this year, we are more specifically designing the course for elected officials and appointed CRA board. members and volunteers. We will cover what you need to know about your Florida CRA. We will most importantly share facts, dispel fantasy, and make sense of CRAs for you. Bring your questions and you will take home reliable information to help you carry out your role in the CRA process. Geared towards policy setters, administrators and volunteers, this will be about the top answers to the top questions about a CRA in Florida. Space is limited. Certificates in CRA Board Training will be given to all who attend the whole course. CM Legal 3.0 Speaker and Facilitator: Carol Westmoreland, Executive Director, Florida Redevelopment Association
Category
1) CRA Board Certification Course
Time
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10/16/2019 8:00 AM

2) Friday Sessions Only (4 @ $50 per session)

 
Hilton Tampa Downtown This course is geared toward CRA attorneys and others who want to learn about some specific ethics requirements for CRAs, as well as general requirements for all governments.  We will focus on conflicts of interest, doing business with one’s agency, voting conflicts, financial disclosure, sunshine, the gift law and ways to keep CRA business “separate but equal” to city or county business.  Our instructors are members of the Florida Bar with a great deal of specific CRA legal ethics experience.   We will target the presentations and discussions for attorneys, practitioners, board members and volunteers who work with Community Redevelopment Agencies in Florida.  For further information, please visit www.redevelopment.net, or contact Carol Westmoreland at cwestmoreland@flcities.com.
Category
2) Friday Sessions Only (4 @ $50 per session)
Time
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
10/18/2019 8:00 AM

Hilton Tampa Downtown This course is geared toward CRA attorneys and others who want to learn about some specific legal requirements for CRAs, especially relative to reporting in CS/HB 9 passed by the Florida Legislature in 2019, Chapter 163 Part III, and Chapter 189, Florida Statutes. We will share tips and best practices for compliance, templates for compliant reporting and discussion of the CRA reporting requirements under Chapters 163 Part III (community redevelopment agencies) and Chapter 189 (special districts).  This course this year will feature instructors who are members of the Florida Bar with a great deal of specific CRA legal experience.  We will target the presentations and discussions for attorneys, practitioners, board members and volunteers who work with Community Redevelopment Agencies in Florida.   For further information, please visit www.redevelopment.net, or contact Carol Westmoreland at cwestmoreland@flcities.com.
Category
2) Friday Sessions Only (4 @ $50 per session)
Time
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
10/18/2019 8:00 AM

Hilton Tampa Downtown This course is geared toward finance, audit and CRA staff who are involved with CRA audits.  We will be covering the new audit requirements contained in CS/HB 9 passed by the Florida Legislature in 2019.  We will share tips and best practices for compliance.  This course will feature instructors with audit and finance with specific CRA experience.  We will target the presentations and discussions for practitioners or others who work with or are responsible for CRAs, and CRA audits.  For further information, please visit www.redevelopment.net, or contact Carol Westmoreland at cwestmoreland@flcities.com.
Category
2) Friday Sessions Only (4 @ $50 per session)
Time
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
10/18/2019 9:30 AM

Hilton Tampa Downtown This course is geared toward CRA attorneys and others who want to learn about some specific legal requirements for CRAs, especially relative to the changes generally in CS/HB 9 passed by the Florida Legislature in 2019.  The topics specifically that will be covered include a line by line analysis of the changes to the statute effective October 1, 2019.  In addition, we will focus in detail on tips and best practices for CRA expenditure compliance.  This course will feature instructors who are members of the Florida Bar with a great deal of specific CRA legal experience.  We will target the presentations and discussions for attorneys, practitioners, board members and volunteers who work with Community Redevelopment Agencies in Florida.  For further information, please visit www.redevelopment.net, or contact Carol Westmoreland at cwestmoreland@flcities.com.
Category
2) Friday Sessions Only (4 @ $50 per session)
Time
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
10/18/2019 9:30 AM

3) Tours

 
This is a walking tour. We will meet at the hotel, walk to the river, and take the Jolly Trolley through the district, returning to the hotel. This tour offers a great overview and insider specifics about the very successful downtown business improvement district in downtown Tampa. You will learn about the history, expansion, initiatives, marketing program, transportation services, “Clean and Safe” and “Public Space” programs.  Also, we will cover the funding and administration, and who is involved in working with them to support these efforts. We will traverse from Curtis Hixon Park, MacDill Park, the Riverwalk, the Channel Club and Sparkman Wharf.  We will ride the Jolley Trolley, and find out exactly what “the Downtowner” is!  Tour Guide:  Rachel Radawec, Placemaking and Community Engagement Manager, Tampa Downtown Partnership
Category
3) Tours
Time
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10/16/2019 8:00 AM

This is a walking tour.  Participants will meet at the hotel, walk to the Fort Brooke Streetcar Station (less than a block away), and ride the streetcar(s) to Ybor for the tour.  We will conclude at Jose Marti Park where everyone can board a streetcar on 13th Street (next to Park) and head back to the hotel.   Ybor City is Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District: this tour will provide an update on the 2020 vision plan, streetcar study, mixed-use projects, preservation projects and redevelopment activity. Through the Ybor district CRAs and other programs, there are new businesses, expansions, historic renovations, street scapes and facade projects. Highlights include the Ybor City State Museum, Centennial Park, Centro Ybor, Visitor Information Center, Ybor Square, and a community college in the heart of Tampa’s Historic Latin Quarter. Interspersed with the existing historic structures in Ybor City, the buildings and infrastructure were designed to blend with the surroundings.  We will walk down famous Seventh Avenue, designated “a 2008 Great Streets in America”, for its history, character and strong community involvement. Tour Guides:  Dr. Wallace Reyes, Ph.D., Ybor Historian and Ambassador and Brenda Thrower, Economic Development Specialist, Ybor City Corporation
Category
3) Tours
Time
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10/16/2019 8:00 AM

This is a riding tour, with some walking. Participants will take the bus from the hotel and back.   West Tampa is the newest CRA, created in 2015. It is centrally located in the heart of the city, between downtown and the Westshore business district. Through the West River Plan, public housing, and active and passive community parks are a priority – a community open to the Hillsborough River. Covered on the tour are some beautiful renovations in the historic district, Salcines Park and a new HUD housing project with mixed income and 50% subsidized units.  If we have time, we will stop by the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center, which includes a beautiful fitness and aquatic center/premier event facility as a catalyst project in the area.   Also on this tour, we will not visit, but will share information about the Drew Park CRA. Its history began as Drew Field, the city of Tampa’s grass landing strip airfield, with a rich history, which became the Intl. Airport. Today, the over 600 acres to the east comprises the Drew Park CRA. Its proximity to the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College, professional sports and recreational facilities, and major employers is a draw for private investment. It is one of the few remaining areas in Tampa with affordable industrial land and space. We will share information about our roadway improvements, streetscapes and business assistance programs on the tour, but drive time prohibits us from touring the area in person.   Tour Guide: Malcolm Kiner, Manager, Drew Park and West Tampa CRAs
Category
3) Tours
Time
2:15 PM - 4:45 PM
10/16/2019 2:15 PM

This is a riding tour, with some walking. Participants will take the bus from the hotel and back.    We will cover the astounding growth and redevelopment going on in the other four CRA districts in the downtown Tampa area.  In the Channel District CRA, a former warehouse district, there are many dramatic projects to see and more planned, including a district wide infrastructure improvement program. The Central Park CRA covers an area rich in culture and history, as a thriving African-American business and entertainment district.  It is home to the Encore catalyst project, many residential, business and recreational developments, right next to the urban job center.  Hotels and residential projects are the most recent activities in the Downtown CRA area – which includes the convention center and an incredibly unique waterfront. The Tampa Heights Riverfront CRA is home to many exciting smaller scale redevelopment projects that visitors and locals rave about. You will get the backstory on all these projects and learn about how the CRAs support this redevelopment.      Tour Guide:  Rob Rosner, Manager, Channel/Downtown/Heights/Central Park CRAs Tour Sponsors:  VHB
Category
3) Tours
Time
2:15 PM - 5:00 PM
10/17/2019 2:15 PM

Participants will take the bus from the hotel and back. You are welcome to stay longer in the area, but parking is limited, so we recommend ride sharing.    On this tour, you will learn about the impressive catalyst project known as Armature Works. We will share the history, funding, construction, and other aspects of its redevelopment. Funded by a New Markets Tax Credit loan, it was an anchor redevelopment in a master plan, featuring adjacent commercial space and apartments. There are 50 acres surrounding it, with many projects targeted over the next 10 years in phases. The site originally met the criteria for a USDA Food Desert, an SBA HUB Zone, an area of Heavy Distress, a federal and local Enterprise Zone, a medically underserved population, and a brownfield site before its transformation.  After the presentations, we will enjoy lunch just for us in the beautiful Theatre room.        Tour Guide:  Janel De Guehery, Community and Marketing Manager, Florida Community Loan Fund Tour Sponsor:  Florida Community Loan Fund
Category
3) Tours
Time
11:15 AM - 1:30 PM
10/18/2019 11:15 AM

Guest Options

 
Guest registration includes all workshops and meal functions scheduled for the conference. NOTE: Guests are defined as spouses, partners or other non-professional relations of conference registrants. Guest registration may not be used for other staff or company representatives.
Category
Guest Options
Time
10/16/2019 - 10/18/2019
10/16/2019

Guest registration includes all workshops and meal functions scheduled for the conference. NOTE: Guests are defined as spouses, partners or other non-professional relations of conference registrants. Guest registration may not be used for other staff or company representatives.
Category
Guest Options
Time
10/16/2019 - 10/18/2019
10/16/2019

NOTE: This ticket is included with Full Registration and Wednesday Only Registration. Purchase this ticket ONLY if you need a ticket for a non-registered guest or if you will be attending just this event.
Category
Guest Options
Time
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
10/16/2019 11:00 AM

NOTE: This ticket is included with Full Registration and Wednesday Only Registration. Purchase this ticket ONLY if you need a ticket for a non-registered guest or if you will be attending just this event.
Category
Guest Options
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
10/16/2019 6:00 PM

NOTE: This ticket is included with Full Registration and Thursday Only Registration. Purchase this ticket ONLY if you need a ticket for a non-registered guest or if you will be attending just this event.
Category
Guest Options
Time
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
10/17/2019 11:00 AM

NOTE: This ticket is included with Full Registration and Thursday Only Registration. Purchase this ticket ONLY if you need a ticket for a non-registered guest or if you will be attending just this event.
Category
Guest Options
Time
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
10/17/2019 6:00 PM

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