Today we’d like to introduce you to Farrell Tiller.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Farrell. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I always try to remind myself how blessed I am to be able to call myself a native South Floridian. I was born in Miami Shores and grew up in the Northern Palm Beach County area. I love everything South Florida has to offer, from the ocean to the uniqueness of the businesses and people. There is just a quality of life here that is unmatched. After high school, I decided to stay in South Florida and pursue an education through Florida Atlantic University, receiving an undergraduate degree in Finance in 2014 and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in 2017.
Having been born, raised, and educated here in the region, I feel obligated to give back to the area that has given so much to me. I began working for a firm called Redevelopment Management Associates (RMA) in 2014 after completing my undergraduate work at FAU. RMA is a full service economic (re) development consulting firm based in Pompano Beach FL. We focus on revitalizing cities and downtown areas throughout the state by improving economic and quality of life conditions.
Through our efforts, we’ve found that breweries and other craft related business are great tools for revitalization efforts because of their ability to create jobs, attract activity to otherwise forgotten areas, provide tax base enhancement, create an adaptive use in a vacant or unused building, and attract other business that capitalizes on their success. Thus we try to work with our cities to help attract breweries by easing zoning and regulations and creating solutions to enhance financial feasibility and brand marketing. We have worked with breweries such as Funky Buddha in Oakland Park, 26 degrees in Pompano Beach, and many others.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Economic development and redevelopment planning are always subject to political and regulatory changes at the federal, state, and local level. Unforeseen obstacles are constantly popping up, so it’s important to remain flexible to ensure that the communities vision/goals are met.
To stick with the craft brewery example, this business model has faced a lot of scrutinies both at the state and local levels here in Florida. In many cases, alcoholic beverage establishments have historically been viewed by local governments as nuisances and as a potential cause of problems; thus, many municipalities’ regulations are prohibitive to the development of a brewery. We work with our client cities to adopt zoning codes that are more “brewery friendly,” but many times we have to take it a step further by first explaining breweries can be an exceptional catalyst for redevelopment.
For more info on how breweries can enhance economic development efforts:
Please tell us about Redevelopment Management Associates (RMA).
Formed in 2009, Redevelopment Management Associates (RMA) is an experienced full-service consulting and management firm in the state of Florida specializing in revitalizing core areas and corridors for cities, counties, and special districts nationwide. RMA brings together a phenomenal team of redevelopment experts passionate about building better communities.
Our team consists of a wide variety of skill sets that, together, produce results that are unmatched by a single purpose firm. We have architects, urban designers, planners, economic developers, real estate and marketing professionals, and financial analysts. Cities need all of those professionals to create a successful redevelopment platform.
RMA thrives on the highs and lows of helping cities uncover their true potential and grow into successful economies. This is evidenced by recent redevelopment success stories in Downtown Oakland Park, Northwood Village (West Palm Beach), North Miami Beach, Pompano Beach and many others. There’s nothing more rewarding than helping a small business get their doors open… or negotiating a complex deal that puts a shovel in the ground of a high-rise office building… or watching people sip wine on the terrace of a previously blighted building you just helped renovate. This is why we love what we do.
I was asked to provide some info on up and coming “hot spots” in South Florida. Since the subject of Millennials is a hot one, I thought I’d include some info on cities in South Florida that are making efforts to become more attractive to the younger generations:
Lake Park, FL
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