18 episodes

Flareheads is a discussion of contemporary issues facing local economic growth and vibrancy. It focuses on subjects including economic development, entrepreneurship, quality of life, workforce challenges and innovation. It is hosted by Kevin Crowder, a certified economic developer who is the Founder of BusinessFlare and is the former economic development director for Miami Beach. His tribe of “Flareheads” join him on these discussions that are relevant, insightful and sometimes irreverent. Their approach is realistic, respectful, and honest.

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Flareheads is a discussion of contemporary issues facing local economic growth and vibrancy. It focuses on subjects including economic development, entrepreneurship, quality of life, workforce challenges and innovation. It is hosted by Kevin Crowder, a certified economic developer who is the Founder of BusinessFlare and is the former economic development director for Miami Beach. His tribe of “Flareheads” join him on these discussions that are relevant, insightful and sometimes irreverent. Their approach is realistic, respectful, and honest.

    The Music Cities. What makes a place one of The Music Cities?

    The Music Cities. What makes a place one of The Music Cities?

    In this special Flareheads series, we will explore the different ways that a place can be one of The Music Cities. 

    The Music Cities are where people connect to a place and engage other people through music. Places that people want to be because of the music. Places that people think of because of music. Places where music drives economic growth and quality of life. This episode introduces our concept of what makes a place a music city.

    Please follow us on social media and at www.TheMusicCities.com

    • 12 min
    Season 2 Episode 3: Miami's Gold Rush

    Season 2 Episode 3: Miami's Gold Rush

    In this episode Ken and Kevin discuss the corporate relocation fever, Miami's role as the capital of the Americas, and great places and the importance quality downtowns as the key to economic development and revitalization.

    • 33 min
    Colliers' Alexie Fonseca on Downtown Lake Wales Revitalization

    Colliers' Alexie Fonseca on Downtown Lake Wales Revitalization

    Great conversation with Alexie Fonseca of Colliers, who is working on efforts in Downtown Lake Wales to foster opportunity for business growth, including the attraction of a craft brewery.   

    We talk about what draws people to Lake Wales, authentic Downtowns versus shopping centers, how comfortable is your downtown and how experiences can overcome Amazon’s impact on retail.

    • 21 min
    Beachfly Brewing's Zach Featherstone on Attracting Breweries to Cities

    Beachfly Brewing's Zach Featherstone on Attracting Breweries to Cities

    Great conversation and update from Beachfly Brewing's Zach Featherstone. We first met Zach when we were working for the City of Rockledge, and they happened to be looking around the Space Coast for a new location. This eventually led to their purchase of a building from the City right in the heart of Rockledge's future downtown on Barton Boulevard, and they opened earlier in 2022 after a lengthy renovation.   

    We touch on things that include their process of deciding on the location, what was important to them, and what was going on in Rockledge that told them there was good potential for a brewery.  Zach describes his experience working with the city of Rockledge, and with another city, and how different city approaches can make or break a business' decision to locate in a city as well as the importance of the partnership with city hall. We also talk a little about how the Brevard brewery scene is evolving.

    • 13 min
    Beer Banker Jason Sleeman on Bringing Breweries to Downtowns

    Beer Banker Jason Sleeman on Bringing Breweries to Downtowns

    Caught up with Jason Sleeman of United Community Bank to talk breweries at the Florida Brewers Guild annual conference. Jason is in charge of craft beverage lending for United Community Bank and has more than $80m out across the US in funding for expansions and startups of breweries, distilleries, cideries, and wineries. His perspective is especially important for cities that hope to attract a brewery to their community.  

    Some of the things we discuss:  

    Places where breweries are congregating in clusters, as well as the suburban area opportunities and new development.  

    What strong brewery locations like North Carolina can means for Florida.  

    The lender's perspective toward different brewery market characteristics.  

    What makes brewery clusters work and more complimentary than competitive with each other.  

    What is the thing that makes both music cities and brewery cities – Ashville and its subdistricts, Atlanta  

    What are the pitfalls and local government challenges that can mess up brewery underwriting? Like zoning. 

    How can a city be brewery friendly, like in Louisville?  

    What is a great Florida brewery city example for other cities to check out?  

    How does the outside brewery world view Miami’s market and opportunity?  

    Shout out to Doral’s Prison Pals Brewery and their story, and Miami’s new distillery!  

    Are breweries still looking to expand and add new locations?

    • 17 min
    A Main Street Conversation with Wauchula CRA Director Jessica Newman

    A Main Street Conversation with Wauchula CRA Director Jessica Newman

    A fun conversation with Jessica Newman, CRA and Main Street Director in Wauchula, Florida. Nice hearing about all the great things happening in Downtown Wauchula. Recorded at the 2022 Preservation on Main Street Conference in Deland, Florida.

    • 31 min

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