After months of interviewing qualified applicants, the City of Homestead has selected Mr. Jordan W. Leonard as Director of its Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The CRA is responsible for the revitalization of the Community Redevelopment Area, a specific area within Homestead city limits. This department implements strategies and programs to promote community development and undertake projects that enhance both residential and commercial property values.
Mr. Leonard, a native Floridian, has over ten years of political, economic, and governmental experience within the South Florida area. With public sector posts in the Florida House of Representatives, Miami- Dade County’s Task Force on Urban Economic Revitalization and several local municipalities including the Village of El Portal and the City of Opa-locka, Mr. Leonard has earned a positive reputation for implementing new programs and accomplishing difficult tasks, such as the Red Light Camera Program and lowering water and sewer rates for residents. In addition to working in government, Mr. Leonard has also worked for two Fortune 50 companies in the financial services sector and currently holds three securities licenses. Within the community, Mr. Leonard has volunteered his time by serving on numerous boards, committee’s and organizations. Mr. Leonard also currently serves as a Councilman in the Town of Bay Harbor Islands.
Mr. Leonard has a Bachelors of Science degree in political science and history from Florida State University. A product of the Miami-Dade County public school system, he was awarded the Miami Herald’s prestigious Silver Knight Honorable Mention in Business in 1995. Mr. Leonard is married and has a five-month old son.
Mr. Leonard intends to bring his vast knowledge and experience to the residents and business owners of the City of Homestead. By bringing new initiatives and programs to the CRA board for their approval to help increase economic growth and development within the CRA boundaries, Mr. Leonard is optimistic in improving the conditions within the CRA during our nation’s difficult economic period.
“I am honored that the City of Homestead has instilled their faith in me to carry out their mission to improve the quality of life of residents and business owners within the CRA during this critical time and accomplish many great things for Homestead,” stated Mr. Leonard.