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When “Opportunity Zones” Knock, Palm Beach County Answers the Door

When “Opportunity Zones” Knock, Palm Beach County Answers the Door

Don’t miss the upcoming Palm Beach County Opportunity Zone Program Workshop, Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the Riviera Beach Marina Event Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Take home valuable insight about the Palm Beach County arm of this nationwide community investment initiative that provides new capital gains tax incentives to investors who support economic development in key areas.

AUGUST 8, 2019, RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA—While, in theory, everyone in Palm Beach County has a vested interest in supporting the revitalization of our economically distressed communities, it requires a lot more than good intentions to repave roads, create jobs and drive general economic development. That’s why in 2017 the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law, establishing the Opportunity Zone (OZ) Program, which allows individual investors to place capital gains in qualified OZ Funds. Here’s your chance locally to learn more about this new program.

During the Thursday, August 15, 2019, convening at the Riviera Beach Marina Event Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., attendees will learn more about the OZ Program. This will include how, in exchange for their investment, they can receive capital gains tax deferments and eliminate certain taxes on returns from OZ Fund investments held for 10 years.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to network and brainstorm about deals.

Facilitated by the Florida Housing Coalition, the Palm Beach County partners and sponsors of this workshop include the Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation, Community Partners of South Florida, Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability, Keller Williams Realty, Inc., and the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

Representatives from a number of the onboard partner and sponsor organizations shared their enthusiasm about both the OZ program and the upcoming workshop:

“This initiative resonates in multiple areas with the goals of our organization,” says Scott Evans, Interim Executive Director of the Riviera Beach CRA and President of the Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation (CDC). “We’re excited at the prospect of additional funding coming into the District via the OZ Fund and delighted that our Marina Village Event Center is ideal for this and future workshops.”

“We’re looking forward to working with all our partners, including the Riviera Beach CRA, on this important event,” says Benjamin Toro-Spears, Technical Advisor for the Florida Housing Coalition. “Bringing the community together like this significantly improves the likelihood we see high impact investment coming into these areas and delivering positive returns for investors and residents.”

“We are honored to be part of the Opportunity Zones program,” says Scott Hansel, Chief Executive Officer at Community Partners of South Florida, “Not only are Opportunity Funds crucial to comprehensive community development and building safe, stable neighborhoods of choice, but they can also drive economic mobility thereby creating a better community for us all.  We’re excited to work as valued partners on this important initiative and look forward to seeing how our engagement serves the Community Partners of South Florida mission of Changing the odds for Palm Beach County’s children and families.”

The OZ Fund uses investors’ capital as an economic development tool to support and grow OZ Projects to help rejuvenate local economies, create jobs within the boundaries of economically distressed communities, and drive additional economic development in these designated areas.

The mission of the OZ program is to create lasting positive effects in those Palm Beach County communities with the highest need of economic development.  Investor dollars, leveraged with other resources, will help provide scarce financial resources to produce more sustainable and higher functioning communities and neighborhoods.

To learn more, visit the Riviera Beach CRA website by clicking here. To register to attend, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/palm-beach-county-fl-oz-convening-tickets-64433000840

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Visit our sponsor and partner websites at:

Riviera Beach CDC

Florida Housing Coalition

Community Partners of South Florida

Keller Williams Realty 

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of dramatic transformations underway within its district.  Formed in 1984 by the Riviera Beach City Council, the CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attraction and retention; finances new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; and generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves the perception of safety in the area.

The Agency’s main mission is to guide the city’s redevelopment efforts.  This includes making investments of public funds in key infrastructure improvement projects that have the capacity to act as a catalyst for additional private funding and development, create jobs and help to improve the quality of life for city residents.  For more information about the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, follow the official FacebookInstagram @RBCRA and Twitter @RivieraBeachCRA pages or visit www.rbcra.com.

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Neighborhood RECLAIM Project Tour

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Advisory of Neighborhood RECLAIM Project Tour with Florida State and Local Riviera Beach Officials

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend the Neighborhood RECLAIM project tour on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 950 West 1st Street, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404.

AUGUST 7, 2019, RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA — The Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation (CDC), Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and others have partnered with the City of Riviera Beach Reentry Center in a new neighborhood revitalization effort called Neighborhood RECLAIM. The partnership’s first project will be the rehabilitation of a home at 950 West 1st Street in Riviera Beach, FL 33404, that will be sold to a low-income, first-time homebuyer.

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The residence tour on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. will be attended by officials from the Florida Department of Corrections, U.S. Department of Justice, Palm Beach County Department of Public Safety, the City of Riviera Beach Reentry Program, Riviera Beach CDC and CRA, and Urban Farmers. At this convening, officials will describe the unique program’s purpose, goals, and initial action plan.

Lead by the Riviera Beach CDC, this community reintegration and affordable housing effort is a pioneering program for the area. To learn more about the rehabilitation and affordable housing efforts taking place in Riviera Beach, visit the Riviera Beach CDC website by clicking here.

For information regarding the Reentry Program, visit the City website by clicking here.

Stay informed on all developments in the Riviera Beach CRA by following the official Facebook, Instagram @RBCRA and Twitter @RivieraBeachCRA pages or by visiting www.rbcra.com.

Requests for Qualifications, Proposals & Letters of Interest and Invitations to Bid

Requests for Qualifications, Proposals & Letters of Interest and Invitations to Bid

Please see the individual RFQ, RFP, RLOI, or ITB for specific instructions regarding the information to be included in your response, important dates, and other necessary requirements. Individual requests are listed below. Click here for 2017-2018 solicitations.

RFQ – Request for Qualifications

DUE DATE

REQUEST

Refer questions to:
Annetta Jenkins, Director of Neighborhood Services
Phone: 561-844-3408 Fax: 561-881-8043
E-Mail: ajenkins@rbcra.com

RFP – Request for Proposal

DUE DATE

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Refer questions to:
Andre’ Lewis, Project Manager
Phone: 561-844-3408 Fax: 561-881-8043
E-Mail: alewis@rbcra.com


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Refer questions to:
Andre’ Lewis, Project Manager
Phone: 561-844-3408 Fax: 561-881-8043
E-Mail: alewis@rbcra.com


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Refer questions to:
Andre’ Lewis, Project Manager
Phone: 561-844-3408 Fax: 561-881-8043
E-Mail: alewis@rbcra.com


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Refer questions to:
Andre’ Lewis, Project Manager
Phone: 561-844-3408 Fax: 561-881-8043
E-Mail: alewis@rbcra.com


DUE DATE

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Refer questions to:
Andre’ Lewis, Project Manager
Phone: 561-844-3408 Fax: 561-881-8043
E-Mail: alewis@rbcra.com

RLOI – Request for Letters of Interest

DUE DATE

REQUEST

Refer questions to:
Sherley Desir, Sr. Admin. Assistant
Phone: 561-844-3408 Fax: 561-881-8043
E-Mail: sdesir@rbcra.com


DUE DATE

REQUEST

Refer all RLOI questions to:
Event Center Manager
Phone: 561-844-3408 Fax: 561-881-8043

ITB – Invitation to Bid

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Refer all ITB questions to:
Andre Lewis, Project Manager
Phone: 561-844-3408 Fax: 561-881-8043
E-Mail: alewis@rbcra.com

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The Riviera Beach CRA Adds ADA-Compatible Beach Mobility Equipment to its Long List of Improvements

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency—with its multifaceted mission to guide the redevelopment of the City of Riviera Beach—continues to make the waterfront more accessible to all who live, work and play in the District, including beachgoers with disabilities.

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Photo by MOBI-brand Beach Mat from Deschamps SAS & Deschamps Mats Systems Inc.

Since its inception in 1984, the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has worked diligently to make the District’s waterfront more accessible to everyone. One of its newest initiatives on this front is the equipment slated for the Riviera Beach Marina Village that is designed to assist visitors who may find it challenging to navigate the sand and water.

First will be the installation of a five-foot-wide ADA-compatible (Americans with Disabilities Act) MOBI-brand Beach Mat that extends 50 feet from the sidewalk down to the beach. The MOBI Beach Mat then extends another 60 feet adjacent to the edge of the Intracoastal. Beachgoers who rely on wheelchairs and other aids for their mobility, as well as families pushing kids in strollers and toting rolling coolers, etc., will find traversing the sand a lot less cumbersome atop the portable mesh walkway.

In addition, three MOBI Floating Wheelchairs are slated to be purchased following the Beach Mats, giving people with disabilities an opportunity to enjoy the water in a way they might not have experienced.

Tentative approval for these exciting additions that will make the Riviera Beach Marina Village accessible for all have been authorized, with execution of a grant agreement currently underway.

 

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

The Riviera Beach CRA is at the heart of dramatic transformations underway within its district.  Formed in 1984 by the Riviera Beach City Council, the CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attraction and retention; finances new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; and generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves the perception of safety in the area.

The Agency’s main mission is to guide the city’s redevelopment efforts. This includes making investments of public funds in key infrastructure improvement projects that have the capacity to act as a catalyst for additional private funding and development, create jobs and help to improve the quality of life for city residents. For more information about the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, follow the official Facebook, Instagram @RBCRA and Twitter @RivieraBeachCRA pages or visit www.rbcra.com.

Riviera Beach CRA Holds Inaugural Neighborhood Day Gather in the Garden Celebration

Riviera Beach CRA Holds Inaugural Neighborhood Day – Gather in the Garden Celebration

Continuing the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s efforts of connecting its citizens through community opportunities, Neighborhood Day will be a huge celebration taking place Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the Riviera Beach Community Garden from 9am to 1pm. Neighbors can meet, mingle and learn how simply striking up neighborhood friendships strengthens the community. The public and media are encouraged to attend and take part in knowledgeable demonstrations, exhibits, food, fun, and festivities.

 

Riviera Beach CRA Holds Inaugural Neighborhood Day Gather in the Garden Celebration

The mission of the Riviera Beach CRA is to help guide the city in its redevelopment through a multifaceted approach that promotes economic growth, increases resources, improves infrastructure, and enhances the lifestyle of residents, workers, and visitors to the District.  CRA events play a key role in the organization’s pursuit of improving the quality of life, and Neighborhood Day is an exceptional depiction of what the organization is all about.

Organizers anticipate a huge turnout at this inaugural Neighborhood Day event because of the wide range of activities planned, including:

  • Local vendor demonstrations and exhibits
  • Refreshments and chef-prepared tastings from the community garden
  • Heirloom vegetables and herbs
  • Free goodie bags for attendees and kids’ activities
  • An opportunity to sign up for the Neighborhood Watch Program
  • Panel discussions by the Riviera Beach Police Dept., Urban League of Palm Beach County, a youth empowerment professional, neighborhood leaders

According to Scott Evans, Interim Executive Director of the Riviera Beach CRA, merely meeting and getting to know your neighbors strengthens a neighborhood.  “It helps decrease crime and inspires pride,” he says.  “Neighbors who socialize reach consensus faster and are more proactive in making community improvements.  Knowing neighbors builds social and professional connections.  Just a simple hello and a handshake can open a lot of doors.”

The inaugural Neighborhood Day “Gather in the Garden Celebration” kicks off Saturday, June 29, 2019, 9am to 1pm, at the Riviera Beach Community Garden located at 1010 West 10th Street, Riviera Beach, FL 33404.  For more about “connecting with your community to build a stronger, happier and safer Riviera Beach,” visit the Riviera Beach CRA website or Facebook page.

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of dramatic transformations underway within its district.  Formed in 1984 by the Riviera Beach City Council, the CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attraction and retention; finances new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; and generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves the perception of safety in the area.

The Agency’s main mission is to guide the city’s redevelopment efforts. This includes making investments of public funds in key infrastructure improvement projects that have the capacity to act as a catalyst for additional private funding and development, create jobs and help to improve the quality of life for city residents. For more information about the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, visit www.rbcra.com.

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Adds DNA Asset Marking Technology to its Crime Prevention Efforts

Riviera Beach CRA Adds DNA Asset Marking Technology to its Crime Prevention Efforts

The Riviera Beach CRA—with its multifaceted mission to guide the redevelopment of the City of Riviera Beach—has added a new high-tech element to its crime prevention efforts. FREE home chemical coding kits, which help to deter burglaries and increase the likelihood that victims are reunited with their items, are now available to concerned residents while supplies last.

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Adds DNA Asset Marking Technology to its Crime Prevention Efforts Since its inception in 1984, the Riviera Beach CRA has used every available resource to create jobs, advance infrastructure and improve the quality of life in the City of Riviera Beach, Florida. On its latest list of initiatives is encouraging residents to mark their valuable and meaningful belongings using an easy-to-use chemical coding kit that the CRA supplies to residents within the CRA District for free.

SmartWater CSI Forensic Property Coding Kits contain chemical synthetic DNA unique to each kit that is registered and traceable back to the owner of the property, lasts for five years after application, and is invisible unless viewed under ultraviolet black light where it fluoresces in yellow.

“Unlike initials etched into jewelry and heirlooms, burglars have no idea it’s there,” says Scott Evans, Interim Executive Director for the CRA. “Upon recovery, victims of theft stand a much better chance of being reunited with their most treasured belongings. In addition, as increasing numbers of home and business owners throughout the Riviera Beach CRA District employ the technology, it is hoped that those with bad intentions will get the message that our neighborhood is not a viable target for burglaries.”

According to Mr. Evans, the CRA’s SmartWater CSI home asset coding initiative received a very successful start with Clean and Safe Ambassadors distributing 254 kits to residents throughout the Riviera Beach Heights neighborhood in a pilot program.

Riviera Beach residents and business owners who would like a free kit are invited to attend any Riviera Beach CRA Neighborhood Watch meeting and request a kit while supplies last. The next Neighborhood Watch meeting is May 21, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Clean and Safe Operations Center at 1229 East Blue Heron Boulevard, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404. To obtain a free kit, residents and business owners also may visit the CRA office at 2001 Broadway, Suite 300, or by calling 561-844-3408. To be eligible for a free kit, you must be a resident or business owner within the CRA District.

Click here for more information about the Riviera Beach CRA Neighborhood Watch SmartWater Program.

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of dramatic transformations underway within its district. Formed in 1984 by the Riviera Beach City Council, the CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attraction and retention; finances new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; and generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves the perception of safety in the area.

The Agency’s main mission is to guide the city’s redevelopment efforts. This includes making investments of public funds in key infrastructure improvement projects that have the capacity to act as a catalyst for additional private funding and development, create jobs and help to improve the quality of life for city residents. For more information about the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, visit www.rbcra.com.

The Riviera Beach Marina Village Event Center is proud to announce another achievement: the LEEDS Silver Certification.

Marina Village Event Center has been Awarded LEEDS Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded a Silver Level “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” Certification to the Riviera Beach Marina Event Center in Riviera Beach, Florida. This CRA infrastructure initiative—a hub of shopping, dining, entertainment, and family-friendly events—can now add this high bar of achievement to its long list of accolades. 

The Riviera Beach Marina Village Event Center is proud to announce another achievement: the LEEDS Silver Certification.

The Riviera Beach Marina Village Event Center is proud to announce another achievement: the LEEDS Silver Certification. This recognition highlights the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) mission of leading revitalization and redevelopment efforts in the City of Riviera Beach, Florida.

LEEDS, an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used environmentally conscious building rating system in the world. LEEDS provides a globally accepted framework to create highly efficient, cost-saving green buildings. The Silver Certification is a high bar in achieving architectural sustainability.

“We’re quite proud of the building’s Silver LEEDS certification,” says Scott Evans, Interim Executive Director for the CRA. “This certification is a symbol of our dedication to Riviera Beach and its future generations, and an endorsement by the U.S. Green Building Council’s of that dedication.”

Since the dust of construction settled on the new Marina Village Event Center in May of 2016, the CRA has held many popular events. From live music, artistic events, movie nights, dining, shopping and more, the Marina Village Event Center is a destination for the community. The flexible 2-story floorplan, bar and restaurant, and high-tech AV equipment offer residents and businesses an ideal venue for private parties, weddings, and corporate functions.

For more information about the U.S. Green Building Council and LEEDS visit https://new.usgbc.org/leed. For more about events at the Riviera Beach Marina Village Event Center and available services, visit https://marinavillagepalmbeach.com/.

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of the dramatic transformations underway within its district. Formed in 1984 by the Riviera Beach City Council, the CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attraction and retention; finances new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; and generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves the perception of safety in an area.

The Agency’s main mission is to guide the city’s redevelopment efforts. This includes making investments of public funds in key infrastructure improvement projects that have the capacity to act as a catalyst for additional private funding and development, create jobs and help to improve the quality of life for city residents. For more information about the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, visit www.rbcra.com.

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RBCRA Leader Annetta Jenkins Receives Distinguished Legacy Award

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Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA) Neighborhood Services Director, Annetta Jenkins was recently honored as one of South Florida’s Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business and Industry of 2018 by Legacy South Florida on December 8, 2018. Honorees were nominated by the community at large, then carefully vetted and selected by a highly accomplished selection committee comprised of former honorees, business, and civic leaders from South Florida. Legacy prides themselves in showcasing the best and brightest stars with a commitment to serving others in the community. The honorees embody dedication, prestige, honor, service, class and leadership. Without a doubt they are true role models for South Florida’s community.

“I am honored, humbled, and proud to be among such distinguished and awesome company,” said Jenkins who is a seasoned community development professional with more than 30 years of national, statewide, and local experience. She is currently the Director of Neighborhood Services for the Riviera Beach CRA and Executive Director of the Riviera Beach CDC. She formerly served as the Assistant Director for Miami-Dade County Department of Housing and Community Development as well as the Executive Director for South Florida LISC. She also serves on Palm Beach County’s Housing Leadership Council. Among the many titles Jenkins holds, she has a genuine passion for changing the community that she serves by bringing unique and impactful projects, events and programs to local children and families. In 2018 Jenkins spearheaded the Annual Palm Beach County Youth Sports & Fitness Expo that exposed local children to over twenty-five traditional and non-traditional sports. The goal of this event was to bring these sports into the community in hopes that they lead to future scholarships for local youth while encouraging fitness and fun.

Jenkins also lead the planning committee for the Riviera Beach 2018 Inaugural Tree Lighting Event. This event was hosted at Riviera Beach Marina and showcased a huge tree, night market, snow, entertainment, and of course Santa. Citizens of Riviera Beach and Palm Beach County came in the thousands in anticipation of this event which was made possible by the strategic and passionate leadership of Annetta Jenkins. Jenkins is spearheading several projects that will create housing for the City’s workforce. Along with millions of dollars raised for community development, she has also been responsible for a number of awards for her agency.