About the CRA

Mission Statement:
“Those of us who live and work in Immokalee envision a future for our town.  We see new business and job opportunities in international trade and distribution, agri-business, ecotourism, recreation and entertainment, and the construction industry.  
We see Immokalee as an attractive, sustainable community with affordable workforce housing, parks and outstanding schools – a place where people walk and bicycle to do their errands, and where parents are returning to school to finish their education and master new job skills.  Main Street will have a Latin flavor – colorful plazas, outdoor cafes, shops and entertainment – attracting both the local community and the tourists who come to explore our unique ecology or entertainment at the Casino.”

The Collier County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was established in March of 2000 to alleviate slum and blight in two separate Redevelopment Areas within Collier County: The Bayshore Gateway Triangle Redevelopment area and the Immokalee Redevelopment Area.

Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) refers to a public entity created by Collier County to implement the community redevelopment activities outlined under Chapter 163, Florida Statutes. The CRA adopted the Immokalee Master Plan, which includes the all of the Immokalee Urban Designated Area.

Property values in the Community Redevelopment Area are capped or frozen at the assessed value for a particular base year. Thereafter, any tax revenues due to increases in value in excess of the base are dedicated to the redevelopment area. The generated revenue is known as TIF.

Tax increment financing is used in the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Area to leverage its redevelopment efforts.

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