(Davie,  FL  –  January  25,  2018)  –  The  Community  Reinvestment  Alliance  of  South  Florida  (CRASF)  will  host  its  3rd Annual   South   Florida   Community   Reinvestment   Summit   on   January   25,   2018   at   the   Signature   Grand   located   at   6900   FL-­‐84,   Davie,   FL.   More   than   200   community   leaders,   as   well   as   community-­‐based   organizations,   financial   institutions,   public   officials,   and   national   speakers   will   convene   to   discuss   innovative   initiatives   and   solutions   several  economic,  social,  and  environmental  issues.  This  year’s  theme  is  “Economic  prosperity  for  the  people,  by   the  people”.

Joining   this   year’s   Summit   are   Jesse   Van   Tol,   COO   at   The   National   Community   Reinvestment   Coalition   (NCRC);   Phillip  W.  Bracken,  Chairman  of  the  Board  &  Founder  of  America’s  Home  Alliance;  Stella  Adams,  Chief  Equity  and   Inclusion  for  the  National  Community  Reinvestment  Coalition;  Evelyn  S.  Dobson,  CEO  of  Delray  Beach  Community   Land   Trust;   Cornell   Crews,   Executive   Director   of   CRASF;   Maria   Coto,   Executive   Director   at   Partners   For   Self   Employment  Inc.;  Adrian  Madriz,  Project  Lead  at  Struggle  for  Miami’s  Affordable  and  Sustainable  Housing  (SMASH);   Don   Patterson,   REVA   Development   Corporation;   Courtney   Biscardi,   Sr.   VP   of   Operations   and   Strategy   at   Urban   League  of  Broward  County  and  Bob  Dickerson,  Executive  Director  of  Birmingham  Business  Resource  Center  and   CEO  of  Foundation  Capital.

The  Summit  will  cover  the  following  topics:

Session  1  (10:00  a.m.  –  11:30  a.m.):

  • Community  Reinvestment  Act  101
  • Displacement  and  Gentrification
  • Small  Business  and  the  CRA
  • Cultural  Arts:  Tools  for  Economic  Development

Session 2 (1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.):

• How Climate Gentrification will Affect Low and Moderate Income Households
• Payday Lenders, Racial Equity and Racial Gap
• Social Determinants of Health
• How CRA can Build Power in Low-Income Communities

Registration for the Summit is $25 per person or $100 for an annual membership to CRASF and the Summit.
Register at 2018crasfsummit.eventbrite.com. As a give back to the community and its attendees the Community
Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida has decided to raffle off a complimentary room at the Renaissance
Plantation Hotel to one of its attendees. One lucky attendee will have the opportunity to stay at the beautiful
Renaissance Plantation Hotel on the night of January 24, 2018; the hotel is a 5-minute drive to the Signature Grand.

 

The Community Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida (CRASF), 501 (c) 3, is a collaboration comprised of
community leaders from a variety of public and private sectors including: non-profit organizations; local
businesses; community reinvestment organizations; minority, women-owned and disability organizations; social
service providers; civil rights advocacy organizations; faith-based organizations; labor groups; affordable, accessible
and fair housing organizations; governmental agencies; and engaged individuals. The mission of CRASF is to ensure
fair and equal access to financial services/products, and increased community investments, as well as create,
support, and implement sustainable solutions to enhance and empower neighborhood and individual wellbeing.
To learn more about CRASF, visit www.crasf.org, call (786) 361-2673 or email info@crasf.org.

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ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP
The Mosaic Group is a full service events management, marketing and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful. Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL (January 12, 2018) – Broward College awarded the Housing Authority of the City of Fort
Lauderdale’s (HACFL) StepUp Apprenticeship Program $5,000 to support their Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service event. The event will take place on Saturday, January 13 at Northwest Gardens IV Community Room, located at 1225 NW 7th Street, Fort Lauderdale. There will be two sessions: 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, StepUp Apprentices will hold an educational program that highlights each individuals’ particular trade and inspire youth to rise above the odds. ‘Construction Kids’ is a fun and hands-on learning experience for children and youths, ages 6 to 18. The children will showcase their talents and create anything they want with help of their imagination, some wood, a hammer and nails. On this project, HACFL partnered with our tax credit properties to serve children within those sites.

MLK Day of Service also includes meaningful activities that meet and identify community needs; engages volunteers in service; recruits a diverse cross-section of the community as volunteers; and provides opportunities for sustained service and ongoing community involvement.

The Broward College MLK Day of Service Award seeks to highlight the same goals for the upcoming year by promoting an MLK Day of Service. This project offers awards to organizations or groups that develops and completes a service project that will positively impact the community, while honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacies of non-violent activism, racial equality, service to others and social uplift, as he would have, with a “Day On” of service, not a “Day Off.”

A maximum enrollment of 35 kids is scheduled per session. To sign up visit any of the three HACFL offices located at Northwest Gardens, Dixie Court, and Kennedy Homes, or contact Aunturia Johnson at (954) 556-4100, ext. 1414.

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ABOUT HACFL
The Housing Authority has been committed to safe, decent, and affordable housing to low-income residents in Broward County since 1928 and currently manages approximately 95 public housing units, 170 affordable housing units, 945 tax credit units, and administers over 3,100 housing choice vouchers. In addition to offering affordable rental housing and several public housing sites, the Housing Authority administers numerous programs, such as the Family Self-Sufficient Program, the Housing Choice Voucher Home ownership Program, and the Step-Up Apprenticeship Initiative, to promote self-sufficiency and economic opportunity for Broward County Residents. For additional information about the programs, please call Scott Strawbridge, (954) 556-4100, x. 1406.

ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP
The Mosaic Group is a full service events management, marketing and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful. Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.

Riviera Beach, FL (December 5, 2017) – On November 27th, the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA) hosted the Creativity Station Open House at the Riviera Beach Marina Event Center located at 190 E 13th Street, Riviera Beach.

The Max M. Fisher Boys and Girls Club Marching Band opened the event with an exciting drumline repertoire and Digital Vibe entertained with music and dance as parents gathered to pre-register to RBCRA’s new winter, spring break and summer camps, as well as for the Small Business Resource Center.

“Our goal with these new camps is to provide youth and adults with real world educational and training tools,” said Scott Evans, interim executive director of Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. “The diversity of these programs exposes children to find something they are passionate about at an early age.”

Partners, such as the Junior Achievement (JA) and Comerica shared information about the RBCRA’s new programs on the entrepreneurship, technology, financial literacy and business fields for both children and adults. Camp pre-registration is still open. Programs offered are:

Comerica
• Adults: Small Business Resource Center – The Business Ambassador Service Center, located at 1229 E. Blue Heron
Boulevard, Riviera Beach, will provide adults with business development training, financial literacy and readiness
components.

Riviera Beach
• Youth & Seniors: TechBus – At this program youth and seniors become more tech-savvy by learning how to access
their email, use Facebook, Internet safety, and sharpen their reading skills.

STREAM3 Academy
• Ages 12 to 18: Hack-A-Thon – At STREAM3 Academy, youths can learn about coding, game design, robotics, app
development, 3D printing, web design and filmmaking.

Junior Achievement (JA)
• Ages 5 to 11: JA More than Money – This program allows kids to learn about the role of money in society and provides practical information about early earning, saving, and sharing money.
• Ages 8 to 13: JA BizTown – This fully interactive simulated town helps students connect the dots between what they
learn in school and the real world.
• Ages 14 to 18: JA SPARK – Kids ages 14 to 18 who are passionate about business can take advantage of this business
and entrepreneurship focused program. Participants can pre-register by calling the RBCRA at (561) 844-3408. Slots are limited.

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P: 561.651-9565

ABOUT RBCRA
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.

ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP
The Mosaic Group is a full service events management, marketing and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make
any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful. Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.

Riviera Beach, FL (November 15, 2017) – On Saturday, November 25, 2017, the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA) will celebrate local small businesses during Small Business Saturday®, a national effort created by American Express to support local businesses that make our communities strong.  The goal is to help bring more holiday shopping to small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  The initiative encourages customers to support small businesses by shopping at their locations and spreading the word by using #ShopSmall on their social media platforms.

The City of Riviera Beach has celebrated Small Business Saturday® for a few years, however, the RBCRA has taken on a more targeted approach to feature businesses operating within the CRA boundaries.  The CRA Business Watch Committee submitted an application for ten (10) local businesses to utilize the Shop Small Initiative and as a result each business was presented with a Small Business Saturday® marketing kit for their storefront and online presence including posters, promotional flyers, website badges, email templates, logos, social media materials, shopping bags and a welcome mat.  Owners can also encourage customers to join the #ShopSmall conversation during #SmallBizSat; this will, in turn, bring more shoppers to their stores.   In addition, the RBCRA will market those businesses on the RBCRA website and social media platforms.

The CRA Business Watch Committee also hosted a kick-off breakfast on Tuesday, November 14th at the Ambassadors Service Center; catering was done by local Riviera Beach business, Kafe Hub.  At the breakfast, new initiatives were discussed to include pop-up shops at the Marina Event Center.

“Small business is the backbone of our local economy,” says Rod McLeod, public safety officer at RBCRA.  “The Riviera Beach CRA Business Watch program is a proud supporter of this initiative.  We appreciate the national support from American Express and the Shop Small Collaborators and encourage our residents to shop small and shop local on Saturday, November 25th.”

Featured Local Small Businesses in the CRA: Kafe Hub, Rafiki Tiki, MTBP Marketing, All Safe, Grator Gator, Pura Divers, Paradise Chic Boutique, Massage Island Day Spa, Get Wet Water Sports, Blue Water Boat Jet Ski Rentals, and Casa Farneti.

American Express reports that small business owners generated an estimated $15.4 billion and 112 million people came out to shop on Small Business Saturday® in 2016.

For small business owners who want to learn more about how to participate in Small Business Saturday®, please contact Rod McLeod, Public Safety Officer, RBCRA at (561)-844-3408.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Tammy Martinez
E: tmartinez@upscalebymosaic.com
P: 561.651-9565

ABOUT RBCRA

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.

ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP

The Mosaic Group is a full-service events management, marketing, and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful.  Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.