***DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA, THE SEPTEMBER 27, CRA BOARD MEETING WILL BE CANCELLED.***
Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency will be Wednesday, October 25, 2017, beginning at 8:00 A.M. (EST). This meeting will be held in the City Commission Chambers of Bartow City Hall, 450 North Wilson Avenue, Bartow FL, 33830.
Nonprofit Funding Policy: The Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency has developed a Funding Policy for Nonprofit Organizations. The Nonprofit Funding Policy may be obtained from either the CRA Administrative Office or by downloading the document in .PDF form from the following link:
CRA Funding Policy: The Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency has revised its Funding Policy. The Funding Policy may be obtained from either the CRA Administrative Office or by downloading the document in .PDF form from the following link:
Bartow CRA Annual Report: The Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency's Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Annual Report has been approved by the CRA Board at the March 25th meeting. The Annual Report may be obtained from either the CRA Administrative Office or by downloading the document in .PDF form from the following link:
Board Vacancies: The Bartow City Commission is currently seeking applications to fill two CRA Board vacancies. An application for consideration may be obtained from the City Clerk's webpage.
Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget: The Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency's Proposed Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget may be obtained from either the CRA Administrative Office or by downloading it in PDF form from the following link:
Prior fiscal year budgets may be obtained from the CRA Administrative Office.
CRA Organization and Overview:
The CRA is a government agency created by the City of Bartow in 1990 to rehabilitate and redevelop the community. Its mission is to eliminate blight and promote the redevelopment of the property within the CRA district. It achieves these goals through public-private partnerships and improvement of the public infrastructure.
The CRA is governed by seven members who are appointed to four year terms by the City of Bartow City Commission. The seven members are citizen volunteers who reside or perform business activity within the redevelopment area and do not receive financial compensation for their service.
The seven members are:
John Bohde Current Term Expires 10-2019
Alvin Smith, Jr. Current Term Expires 10-2018
Karen Guffey Current Term Expires 10-2018
Brian Hinton, Vice Chairperson Current Term Expires 10-2019
Alan Rayl, Chairperson Current Term Expires 10-2017
Clifton Lewis Current Term Expires 10-2017
Steve Githens Current Term Expires 10-2019
The CRA is not a taxing agency. It does not create or levy taxes. The agency is a dependent special district and functions as an administrative agency. The agency does not issue permits or impose regulatory controls, and does not have the power of eminent domain. Public-private partnerships are critical for the success of the agency's efforts.
Our measurable goals are: 1) Redevelop Property, 2) Provide for Affordable Housing, 3) Reduce Crime and 4) Improve the Public Infrastructure.
The administration of the CRA is handled by a two person staff consisting of an Executive Director and Executive Administrative Assistant. The CRA office is responsible for the Agency's day to day business operations as well as preparing for and managing the public meeting activities of the Board. The offices of the CRA are open from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (EST), Monday thru Friday and are closed the same days as the City of Bartow for recognized holidays.
Contact Information for the CRA Administration:
Stephen Cox, FRA-RP, Executive Director
Office Location: 450 N. Wilson Ave, Bartow FL 33830
Mailing Address: PO Box 1069, Bartow, FL 33831-1069
Phone: (863) 534-0121
Studies, Plans and Presentations:
Next Meeting: The next meeting of Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, 2017, beginning at 8:00 A.M. (EST). This meeting will be held in the City Commission Chambers of Bartow City Hall, 450 North Wilson Avenue, Bartow FL, 33830.
The Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency meetings are generally held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 8:00 A.M. (EST) in the City Commission Chambers of Bartow City Hall, 450 North Wilson Avenue, Bartow FL, 33830. The meetings are occasionally held at different venues and times with advance notice provided. Public meeting notices are posted on the City of Bartow website at cityofbartow.net; on the public notice bulletin board inside Bartow City Hall; and in the public information kiosk located at the corner of East Main Street and Central Avenue. A complete CRA meeting schedule for FY 2016-2017 may be obtained from either the CRA Office or by downloading it in .PDF form from the following link:
Recommended Websites and Reading:
Florida Community Redevelopment Act
Florida Redevelopment Association
Florida Special Districts
Recommended Local Websites:
Main Street Bartow, Inc.
Bartow Chamber of Commerce
Bartow Economic Development Council, Inc.
Request For Proposals:
There are no Request for Proposals open at this time.
DISCLAIMER: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. Most records received and maintained by the Bartow CRA are public records and are subject to the disclosure provisions of Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, the Florida Public Records Law (119.07, FS).