Miami Beach, Florida - As the MIami Beach Economic Development Director, Mr. Crowder’s Miami Beach Business Retention and Expansion efforts included Lincoln Road Marketing, the Washington Avenue Enhancement Plan, and the North Beach Renaissance efforts. The Miami Beach Business Attraction program worked with investors and developers for the redevelopment, expansion, and renovation of properties in the City’s historic districts, the commercial corridors, and the Collins Avenue Hotel District. He identified prospective entrepreneurs and small businesses and created a commercial site directory, as well as a database of targeted economic and market information.

 

North Miami Beach - This is a city that had experienced very little growth for many years, and for the most part, had missed out on several real estate cycles. The tax base was eroding, and service delivery had become more challenging. This condition led to a change in elected leadership that was focused on attracting responsible and appropriate development, and creating a culture in City Hall that supported business and attempted to solve problems for stakeholders.

An economic development summit was led by Mr. Crowder, which included elected officials, city staff, residents, local businesses, and prospective entrepreneurs and real estate professionals. This summit included an educational component, but primarily focused on gathering information in order to identify realistic opportunities to improve the local economy. Following the summit, an Economic Development Implementation plan was created, which included various approaches to enhance feasibility, land use, and the city’s identity.

Mr. Crowder developed an economic incentive program for the city’s redevelopment agency which attracted significant new investment that directly improved market conditions. He served as the city’s representative to review and make recommendations about incentive applications, and also conducted a market study for the city to target the craft brewery industry and developed a brewery attraction incentive program.

As part of the North Miami Beach project, Mr. Crowder, in partnership with Ken Stapleton & Associates, prepared the West Dixie Highway Implementation Plan, which focused on leveraging private investment to attract additional businesses by focusing on the public benefits, the public realm, including streetscape, lighting, pedestrian walkability, public art, and intergovernmental relations.

 

Titusville, Florida - This project was the development of an economic development strategic plan for the City of Titusville, located on Florida’s Space Coast. Titusville experienced a significant economic downturn after the Space Shuttle program was discontinued in 2011. Although the region has attracted new aerospace and private space exploration companies, the benefit to Titusville itself was minimal. A realistic plan was developed to position Titusville to attract investment and revitalize the Downtown to attract the new millennials that are moving to the area for employment in space and aerospace.

The Titusville Economic Development Strategic Plan identified five key strategy areas:
1. Preserve community character, history and quality of life.
2. Enhance community aesthetics, market position, and connectivity.
3. Expose obstacles to investment and promote new opportunities.
4. Invest in the City’s identify and image, public spaces, and aesthetics.
5. Capitalize on the commercialization of space, market potential and location.

 

Stuart, Florida - As RMA Economic Development Director, Kevin Crowder conducted a two-day on-site economic development assessment of the City of Stuart, which evaluated the city’s economic drivers, identified common economic development themes and opportunities, and recommended strategies which integrate market reality into the city’s strategic plan, budget process and day to day operations in a manner that provides the most efficient use of the city’s limited resources.

 

Retail Attraction

North Port - The City of North Port is one of the fastest growing cities in the State of Florida, and will continue to experience significant growth iin the near future. As it grows, workforce challenges have increased, and new residents were seeking improved quality of life, which includes better retail offerings. The Retail Market Assessment evaluated the city’s retail market potential within the larger economic development context. This included development of a Market Maximization Strategy that identified broad strategies that improve North Port’s market position to attract investment including retail, and the creation of a Strategic Leasing Plan to specifically focus on matching new retail to available space and attracting shopping center development that can provide additional retail space to serve market demand.