Delray Beach continues to flourish through its business, economic development, and neighborhood initiatives. The CRA is focusing its efforts on the activation of the business districts that have not experienced the success of the downtown core, as well as, implementing needed infrastructure improvements in the adjacent neighborhoods such as The Set (formerly Northwest and Southwest neighborhoods) and Osceola Park. In February 2016 we performed an alley prioritization analysis and the City is implementing sidewalk improvements based on the City’s newly adopted Level of Services (LOS) and our collaborative efforts. That led to the funding of transitional projects in FY 2016-17 which allows residents to benefit from the improvements while waiting for the scheduled more strategic ”Complete Neighborhood” work to begin in FY 2018-19. We are confident that Downtown Delray Beach will continue to thrive through commerce, culture, and the arts. Through the collaboration with the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition (WARC) this past year, a new neighborhood brand was created for the area encompassing the Northwest/Southwest neighborhoods and West Atlantic corridor, known as The Set, which honors the area’s heritage, culture, and community pride. As we look back on our other accomplishments, from completing the N.E. 2nd Avenue/ Seacrest Boulevard Beautification project, which encourages multimodal transportation into the gateway of the Pineapple Grove Arts District, to the completion of the S.W. 12th Avenue Duplex Renovation project, which created additional quality affordable housing while building pride within the community, we are proud that Delray Beach’s physical environment continues to evolve with our strategic economic initiatives. Neighborhoods are our greatest assets and the residents who have resided in the CRA district since 1985, mainly our seniors, must not be forgotten nor forced to be displaced. It is time to push forward with updating our legacy development plans and creating long term resilient solutions that invest in community based assets, affordable housing, housing maintenance, elimination of blight, public-private partnerships, and small business development. I encourage you to review our Annual Report and get to know the CRA, our partnerships, programs, project implementation, grants for businesses and residents, and the community we serve. Stay informed by participating and working together to help Delray Beach continue along the path of success. As Chairman of the Delray Beach CRA, it is my privilege to say that we are committed to be inclusive, transparent, and engaging to better align the CRA’s goals with the City’s, our community partners, and residents as we continue to transform our collective vision into reality.