FORT MYERS, FL (June 28, 2018) – Michele Hylton-Terry has been named Executive Director for the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The CRA leads redevelopment and revitalization of the city’s most blighted areas. Mrs. Hylton-Terry started at the CRA in 2003 and has acted as Interim Executive Director since May 12, prior to which she served as the agency’s Redevelopment Manager.
As Redevelopment Manager, Mrs. Hylton-Terry led efforts to restore historic McCollum Hall and has overseen redevelopment initiatives in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Dunbar/Michigan areas, and the former Velasco Village redevelopment area. She also managed the CRA’s Commercial Corridor Grant Programs and the city’s parking operations.
Mrs. Hylton-Terry holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Hodges University and a Master of Public Administration from Barry University. She has completed advanced training from the Florida League of Cities’ Institute for Community and is a certified Redevelopment Administrator from the Florida Redevelopment Association.
“I am honored and excited to serve the citizens of Fort Myers in this capacity. I look forward to continuing to work with our staff, Advisory Board and the Board of Commissioners to achieve the goals and objectives of the CRA,” remarked Mrs. Hylton-Terry.
About Community Redevelopment Agencies
Community Redevelopment Agencies have proven historically to provide blighted communities with a better economy through improved infrastructure, job opportunities, and housing. Their mission is to make housing and urban areas safer for residents, to preserve and grow business, and to provide a sense of place for all who live there. CRAs have demonstrated that the use of Tax Increment Funding (TIF) dramatically improves the economic and social outcomes within their targeted areas. These outcomes benefit both cities and counties and, more importantly, the taxpayers.
About the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency was created in 1984 by the City of Fort Myers, Florida, under Florida Statute Chapter 163, to formulate a plan and strategy for the revitalization of the downtown River District. The Fort Myers CRA has continued to grow, and redevelopment areas have been added throughout the city. Today, the Agency oversees 14 different redevelopment areas within the Fort Myers city limits. The Fort Myers CRA, along with the City’s Community Development Division, prepares plans for the revitalization of each area and coordinates the implementation of the plan’s recommendations. Tax Increment Funds (TIF) generated by each area, combined with other funding sources, are used to upgrade the public infrastructure and to stimulate redevelopment in the same area where it was generated. The Fort Myers City Council members, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, oversee the Agency’s divisions and their operations. The Fort Myers CRA office is located at 1400 Jackson Street in the Downtown River District.