CRA approves agreement with Edison Universe Solutions LLC



CRA approves agreement with Edison Universe Solutions LLC

Ft. Myers Walk of Innovation to be created

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2024) – The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) recently approved a service provider agreement between the CRA and Edison Universe Solutions LLC to develop the Ft. Myers Walk of Innovation.

In the same spirit of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford sparking the genesis of innovation in Fort Myers, the Innovation Walk will reignite their legacy of human genius, melding the past with with future-forward thinkers.

This placemaking initiative will create an activated sidewalk along the historic River District with the path beginning northwest of “Common Friends” bringing a new era of global ‘illumineers’.

“The Edison Awards are honored to support the vision of the CRA and continue the legacy of innovation in Fort Myers. The Innovation Walk will celebrate innovation and innovators creatively by developing a special experience along the riverfront that will attract and inspire the community and future generationations of innovators,” said Frank Bonafilia, Executive Director for the Edison Awards.

“Imagine an augmented reality, virtual reality, iconic sidewalk–That’s the vision! This project aligns with the CRA’s core mission of fostering innovation and revitalization in the downtown redevelopment district,” said Michele Hylton Terry, executive director of the Fort Myers CRA. “This strategic endeavor will enhance the downtown district’s vibrancy and appeal.”

The CRA Board of Commissioners has approved and allocated specific funding for this project, highlighting its significance and the boards commitment to transformative urban development.

Phase 1 is expected to be completed by April 2025.










Since 1984, the CRA has managed redevelopment trusts to revitalize blighted areas in the City of Fort Myers. This reinvestment can take the form of public infrastructure, residential and commercial grant programs, public arts, affordable housing development, safety initiatives and historic preservation.


If left under-resourced, parts of our city risk remaining overlooked, affecting community spirit, and slowing economic growth. This lack of redevelopment doesn’t just impact current residents—it also discourages potential new businesses and families from making our city their home. Imagine a city where every neighborhood is a beacon of growth and community spirit—a place where residents enjoy sustainable, thriving spaces and businesses benefit from a vibrant economic environment. This is the future we’re creating. The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency was created in 1984 by the City of Fort Myers, Florida, under Florida Statute Chapter 163. The Fort Myers City Council members, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency Board of Commissioners, oversee the Agency’s programs and policies. The Fort Myers CRA office is located at 1400 Jackson Street in the historical downtown River District.