KNIGHT CITIES CHALLENGE GRANT TEAM

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Chris Roog

Director of Economic Development
City of West Palm Beach
 
Responsible for administering proactive strategies, policies and innovative economic development plans and programs related to business attraction, retention, and stimulating economic growth for the City of West Palm Beach. Responsible for the development of communication strategies and programs that promote economic development, its accomplishments, services, and innovations in order to attract and retain employers.
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Raphael Clemente

Executive Director
WPB Downtown Development Authority
 
Has been contributing to the improvement and renewal of the Downtown District since 2006. A self-described urbanist, Clemente is an advocate for the Downtown community and works hand in hand with stakeholders to address issues affecting the area. As a lifelong resident of the area, he combines local knowledge with over a decade of experience in urban planning, community development and project management to move Downtown West Palm Beach towards the DDA’s long term goals: economic strength, vibrancy, sustainability and improved quality of life for residents.
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Sherryl Muriente

Manager of Urban Placemaking
WPB Downtown Development Authority
 
An advocate for common sense urbanism, incremental urban planning, and testing of demonstration and pilot studies. Muriente brings an expertise in community engagement that activates place through action. Muriente has curated and managed large-scale community engagement projects that use urban acupuncture and placemaking techniques and processes for community-led interventions, alleyway restorations, and urban studies. In the past, she has worked and collaborated Street Plans, Happy Cities, Gehl Architects, amongst others.

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

This project would not be possible without the generous funding of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Cities Challenge Grant.

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Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

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The City of West Palm Beach is a vibrant, resilient, inclusive, and safe world-class city. The City of West Palm Beach partners with our communities to preserve and enhance quality of life through an extraordinary focus on service. West Palm Beach is a 4-STAR certified city. For more information, visit: www.wpb.org.

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The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities. For more information about the DDA or Downtown West Palm Beach, please visit downtownwpb.com.

Additional funding for the design and construction of the Thoroughfare has been provided by the City of West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

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The West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency mission is to enhance the viability, longterm stability and the overall economic health of the Downtown City Center and Northwood/Pleasant City districts, core areas in the City of West Palm Beach. For more about the CRA or West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, visit wpb.org/cra.

BUSINESS COMPETITION JUDGES

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Ana Caballero

President
Trifecta Clematis LLC

 
Hess Musallet

Hess Musallet

Partner
Field of Greens

 
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Kasia Marczyk

President and CEO
Anchor Wealth Management Group

 

COMMUNITY SPONSORS & PARTNERS

Additional support and in-kind contributions are welcomed through our Community Sponsorship and partnerships. 
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SCORE Palm Beach is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success through education and mentorship. The Palm Beach chapter will be providing free workshops and mentors for the first year of the program’s operations. For more information, go to palmbeach.score.org.

 

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