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.
“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.
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.
In 2018, Mrs. Hylton-Terry became an honored recipient of the Lee County NAACP Service Award. She has received the 2017 Keeper of the Dream Award for meritorious service in the southwest Florida community by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Xi Omicron Lambda Chapter. Hylton-Terry is also a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Fort Myers Alumnae Chapter.