Riviera Beach, FL (February 22, 2017) – The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA) in partnership with the American Red Cross, along with Riviera Beach Fire Department, Riviera Beach Police Department, Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation, Riviera Beach Resource Center, and the Southside Coalition/Concerned Mothers, will host their Home Fire Campaign on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the West Riviera Elementary School, located at 1057 W. 6th Street, Riviera Beach.

The campaign aims to install critical smoke alarms in homes in the Riviera Beach Heights neighborhood, located from Martin Luther King Boulevard to 1st Street, between Australian Avenue and President Barak Obama Highway. Companies and community residents are cordially invited to volunteer and join the ‘Home Fire Preparedness Team’ to assist with the testing and installation.

Volunteers will work in teams with experienced American Red Cross volunteers during the Home Fire Safety visits to test existing smoke alarms, replace batteries, install new smoke alarms, and share lifesaving home safety information. Other volunteering positions available include managing registration table and sign-in sheets, food service, and distribution of supplies.

“Fire safety is essential to saving lives and we focus on protecting our community,” said Annetta Jenkins, director of
Neighborhood Services at the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. “These smoke alarm tests and
installation will prevent future fire related accidents, injuries and home losses.”

The Home Fire Preparedness Team will begin home safety visits at 8:45 a.m. Continental breakfast will be served at 7:45 a.m. before orientation and lunch will be served in the afternoon. All installation supplies will be provided.
To register for a free smoke alarm, please contact Sherley Desir at [email protected] or (561) 844-3408. To volunteer at the event, please contact Tamara Seguin at [email protected] or (561) 844-3408.

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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 attractions and retention; finances new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves perception of safety in an area; guides the city’s redevelopment efforts; and creates and supports many programs that enhances daily life in Riviera Beach.

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(Deerfield Beach, FL) –  The second annual South Florida Community Reinvestment Summit takes place this year at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Deerfield Beach, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST. This year’s theme is Partnerships for Fair and Equal Access to Capital, Credit and Financial Services

This is the premier event to provide the tools for community based organizations and financial institutions to partner and serve low-to-moderate communities with the Community Reinvestment Act,” says Cornell Crews Jr., Executive Director Community Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida, Inc.    

The CRASF Winter Summit is a one day event with plenary sessions, workshops, keynote luncheon, and networking reception.  Registration is only $25 per person or organization.  Attendees can register online at crasf.org or onsite the day of the event.

Speakers for the day include Anna Alverez Boyd, Sr Associate Director Division of Consumer & Community Affairs Federal Reserve, Jesse Van Tol, Chief Operating Officer National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), Noel Poyo, Executive Director National Latino Community Asset Builders, Robert Dickerson, Jr., Executive Director Birmingham Business Resource Center & Chairman of the Board National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), Dr. Ned Murray, FIU Metropolitan Center, Barrett Burns, President & CEO Vantage Score Solutions, Stella Adams, Civil Rights Division National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), and Nicole Barden, National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC).

There are four panels, the first is the Community Reinvestment Examiners Panel, composed of the three government agencies that regulate financial institutions. It includes: Lisa Robinson of the Federal Reserve, Penny B. King of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Lisa Mifflin, Office of the Comptroller of Currency.

The second panel is entitled, Initiatives That Support Strong Economies with Patrick Rutter, Executive Director PBC Planning, Zoning and Building Department, Mandy Bartle, Executive Director South Florida Community Land Trust, and Cindee Lacourse-Blum, Executive Director Community Land Trust of Palm Beach County. There will also be a Small Business & CRA panel and a Bankers Roundtable for financial institutions only.

Breakout session topics include: Levers for Investment: CRA, AFFH – How do communities get access to the tools to impact levers of public and private investment, Negotiating a Community Benefits Agreement, and Alternative Credit Scoring.

The host and creator of the South Florida Community Reinvestment Summit is the Community Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida (CRASF), a collaboration comprised of community leaders from a variety of nonprofit organizations in South Florida.  CRASF represents diverse assembly of stakeholders advocating to ensure fair and equal access to financial services/products, and increased community investments.  CRASF creates, supports, and implements sustainable solutions to enhance and empower neighborhood and individual well-being.

For more information and media inquiries, contact the Mosaic Group at 561.290.6739. To learn more about CRASF, visit crasf.org, call (786) 361-2673, or e-mail: [email protected].

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MIAMI, FL – The 79TH Street Corridor Initiative proudly announces the 1st Annual “A Taste of 79th Street” Cultural Festival. The festival celebrates the rich culture surrounding 79th Street and promises to stimulate economic development within the community. The event will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 4:00pm – 10:00pm at OneUnited Bank, located at 3275 NW 79th Street Miami, FL 33147.

A Taste of 79th Street will feature live performances by some of South Florida’s top bands and performers including Jody Hill & Deep Fried Funk, April Raquel & Kouture Funk, Saxophonist Randy Corinthian, R&B artists Ludy and Zaina B and Gospel Duo Inner Light. In addition, there will be a kids zone complete with movies, games and attractions for children of all ages, local food vendors and retailers, community resources, and an art exhibit. One of the main attractions are the healthy cooking and fitness demonstrations which is aimed at educating and creating greater awareness about the importance of good health and wellness practices. The 79th Street Corridor Neighborhood Initiative looks to attract over 1,000 attendees in this inaugural year.

“We’re excited about our first 79th Street cultural arts festival. We believe this event is needed and will not only bring the community together for family fun, but will help stimulate the local economy by giving attendees a taste of what our businesses, organizations and vendors have to offer the entire North Central community.” says Ron Butler, Executive Director of the 79th Street Corridor Neighborhood Initiative.

ATaste of 79th Street is designed for the entire family to enjoy. It is free and open to the public. This year’s event is being hosted by OneUnited Bank. Teri Williams, President and COO of One United Bank states, “OneUnited Bank is excited to participate in A Taste of 79th Street as another way to combine banking and financial literacy with community change through promoting community arts!”

Free tickets for entrance can be obtained at tasteof79thstreet.eventbrite.com. Vendor and Art Exhibition Opportunities are available, limited spaces are free and must be reserved in advance on a first come, first serve bases. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, please call 305.814.4942, email [email protected], or visit 79thstreet.org