With more than 20 years of experience in the housing industry that includes construction management, project management, real estate development and property management, there couldn’t be a more perfect person to tackle the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) role of project coordinator. Heather Hinkle, 40, has the exact skills needed to be able to excel in her position and move the City’s plans forward, including relationship building, problem solving, and a never-ending drive for quality outcomes.
A Chicago native, Hinkle moved to sunny Delray Beach five years ago in an effort to escape the cold winters and to also be closer to family. She came across the position at the CRA and thought that it would be a great fit for her and allow her the opportunity to serve in the community in which she lives. She has now worked at the CRA for a year and a half and finds the best part about her job is watching City and community projects and ideas go from paper to reality.
“I’m excited about all of our projects, from affordable housing, historical preservation, and new alleyways, etc.,” Hinkle said. “The CRA is hard at work!”
While there is no “typical” day to her weekdays, you’ll find her working with City staff on commercial space or upcoming projects, conducting property inspections and meeting with contractors. Or, in her words, “every day is different and a different fire needs putting out!”
Her main role as project coordinator is to provide administrative assistance and project support to the assistant director and project managers, which includes assisting with the coordination and preparation of land developments submittals and processing entitlements and construction permits, assisting with coordinating the actives of a project to ensure necessary standards are met, and more.
“I think the future of Delray is booming. I am excited to see all of the CRA projects come to light and start to fulfill our mission to eliminate slum and blight, create a sustainable downtown, and encourage economic growth,” Hinkle said. “You can see the progress the CRA is making, our projects are popping up all over the City. I think we have a great team at the CRA. The CRA has sprung into action.”
With all of this hustle and bustle, she is excited for the future of Delray and her role in the growth.
“There is no I in team. The “we” did it moment for me would be creating more affordable housing and rebuilding the Northwest/Southwest neighborhoods, having business along West Atlantic that would benefit all of the community,” Hinkle said. “Delray is growing. We are a very attractive place to live and it is creating lots of opportunity for our City.”
She has traveled all around Florida and finds that nothing compares to Delray’s uniqueness, describing it a “beautiful gem” that she is proud to call home.
When she’s not helping the City’s projects go from 0 to 60, you’ll find her enjoying local outdoor activities with her family, including the beaches, restaurants and art galleries.