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THE NAME The Northwest-Progresso-Flagler CRA will now be called the Fort Lauderdale Village District to involve all of the neighborhoods within the CRA under one umbrella. THE LOOK This creative look and feel was not achieved overnight. In November 2014, the NPF CRA hired The Mosaic Group to assist with rebranding the area and developing initiatives to highlight the CRA’s redevelopment efforts. Since then, The Mosaic Group has been entrenched in the community to ensure residents feel a part of the creative process. In July, The Mosaic Group conducted a focus group with key stakeholders from all three communities to discuss the concepts that were being evaluated by the CRA. Based on the feedback that was received from both the community and CRA staff, the CRA’s new look is a collaborative effort of all stakeholders and highlights the various elements of the NPF CRA...

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL | May 5, 2016 – The newly branded Fort Lauderdale Village District hosts it’s 2nd Annual National Small Business Week which will kick off May 5-7. The Ft. Lauderdale NPF-CRA will celebrate small businesses that make a big impact. National Small business week is a program designed by the U.S. Small Business Administration to celebrate small business accomplishments throughout the United States. During this period, the many accomplishments of small business owners are acknowledged and entrepreneurs are encouraged to succeed with workshops that help with strategic planning, best practices, mentorship and networking.

The S doesn't stand for Superman in a new logo promoting the city's Sistrunk Boulevard corridor, which is in need of a superhero-like jolt to spur its lagging redevelopment efforts. City commissioners approved the logo Tuesday to brand the area that has struggled to attract new businesses and developments even as it benefited in recent years from a $15 million project to improve the corridor linking the city's historically black neighborhoods. Going with the decorative S is the logo's tag line: Historic Sistrunk: The Heart & Soul of the City. The African coloring and design of the S concerned Commissioner Dean Trantalis, who said it was too "ethno-centric" and might discourage non African-Americans from visiting or setting up shop on the corridor. "It's like in Wilton Manors. If you painted the sidewalks rainbow colors, I would find that offensive," Trantalis, who is gay, said...