Professional's Bio

James H. (Jim) Edwards' has 35 years of real estate development and redevelopment experience in both the public and private sectors. In his hometown of Lakeland, Florida, he oversaw a $190 million redevelopment effort, turning around a blighted downtown in less than 8 years as the director of both the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority and Community Redevelopment Agency.While director of the Hollywood, Florida community redevelopment agency, he oversaw a $450 million redevelopment effort. He has personally built over 300,000 square feet of new development and has renovated historic residences and a historic commercial property on speculation.Edwards is known for accomplishing results and for his extensive knowledge of urban and traditional neighborhood development and design, his presentation skills, and his persistence.Edwards holds a Master of Science in Planning from The Florida State University where he received the APA Outstanding Student Award. He also holds the A.I.C.P. Certification. Edwards earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida, and is a Registered Landscape Architect.


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