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Locals Find State Urban Revitalization Programs Useful; More Centralized Program Information Would Be Helpful, Report No. 05-32, May 2005
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  • Redevelopment of distressed urban communities is primarily a local government responsibility.  Local governments use the state’s redevelopment programs in conjunction with other federal and local programs to help package deals for revitalizing distressed urban communities.  While Florida’s programs do not directly provide a large amount of funds, they are viewed as being useful in helping leverage other funding support and in demonstrating government commitment to revitalization.  Florida’s programs also are viewed as being useful in helping local governments get community and private sector buy-in on revitalization projects.
  • However, state program fragmentation hinders local government officials in accessing current and comprehensive information about state programs and resources.  The Office of Trade, Tourism, and Economic Development (OTTED) should work with other state entities to enhance its Florida Resource Directory website to provide more complete and up-to-date information on state programs and resources.  The website also should be modified to incorporate an electronic mailing list that local officials could use to request information and assistance.  OTTED also should enter into agreements with other state entities to market this website, as few local government representatives are aware of it.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development
Historical Resources
Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Community Planning
Department of Economic Opportunity
Office of Urban Opportunity (Front Porch Initiative)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-01 Few Businesses Take Advantage of Enterprise Zone Benefits; the Legislature Could Consider Several Options to Modify the Program,published in January 2011.
  • Report No. 07-48 Legislature May Wish to Consider Options for Enhancing Florida’s Recreational Marine Industry, published in December 2007.
  • Report No. 06-77 Legislature Should Consider Lessons Learned If It Wishes to Create a New Microenterprise Development Program, published in December 2006.
  • Report No. 06-70 Progress Report: OTTED Has Taken Steps to Enhance the Florida Resource Directory, published in November 2006.
  • Report No. 05-54 The Legislature Has Several Options Available for Enhancing Rural Enterprise Zones, published in November 2005.
  • Report No. 05-37 OPPAGA Report: Research Tool Available for Identifying and Examining Distressed Areas Within Florida, published in June 2005.
  • Report No. 04-83 OPPAGA Report: Several Issues Important in Redesigning Business Recruitment and Expansion Tax Refund Programs, published in December 2004.
  • Report No. 04-31 Progress Report: Enterprise Florida Addresses Recommendations, published in May 2004.
  • Report No. 04-24 Information Brief: Florida’s Enterprise Zone Program Is Similar to Those of Other States, published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 03-64 Special Review: Enterprise Zone Pilot Project Incentives Not Widely Used, But Progress Made in Revitalizing ProjectArea, published in December 2003.
  • Report No. 03-20 Progress Report: OPPAGA Recommendation Adopted; Economic Development Toolkit Was Implemented, published in March 2003.
  • Report No. 02-08 Justification Review: Slow Progress Has Been Made in Cleaning Up and Redeveloping Contaminated Brownfield Sites, published in February 2002.
  • Report No. 01-62 Program Review: Concerns Over Enterprise Florida’s Performance, Services to Distressed Areas Point to a Need to Consider Several Alternatives for Its Future Role, published in December 2001.
  • Report No. 01-25 Special Review: Slow Startup, Lack of Structure Jeopardize Toolkit for Economic Development’s Implementation and Funding, published in May 2001.
  • Report No. 99-47 Progress Report: Community Development Corporation Program Not Re-Enacted, But DCA Continues Monitoring, published in  April 2000.
  • Report No. 99-43 Program Review: Use of Enterprise Zone Incentives Has Increased, but Challenges Continue, published in March 2000.
  • Report No. 97-45 Review of the Community Development Corporation Support and Assistance Program, published in February 1998.

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