Christopher Brown is a Principal with RMA, a management and consulting firm specializing in providing redevelopment, economic development, urban design, and real estate and marketing services.
He specializes in CRA management, urban planning, economic development, urban planning, workforce housing, and real estate consulting and development for both private and public entities. Mr. Brown holds Master’s degrees in City and Regional Planning as well as in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
He served as the Executive Director of the Delray Beach, Florida, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), a tax increment-financing district for nine years. Under his direction, the CRA generated over $50 million renovated and revitalized projects in Delray Beach. As CRA Director, he implemented a workforce housing program, established a micro-loan program for small-businesses, developed and managed downtown parking lots, completed extensive street beautification, attracted many urban housing projects, promoted residential neighborhood revitalization, created a Saturday morning Green Market, and co-ventured a million-dollar-a-year, successful downtown marketing program.
The CRA is known for its land assemblage capabilities in which developers purchase assembled property from the agency for redevelopment purposes and known for its aggressive business recruitment program. The Agency also received over $3 million in grants for redevelopment over Mr. Brown’s nine-year tenure. Prior to and subsequent to the CRA, Mr. Brown spent twenty years as a real estate developer and worked for two public companies, Mitchell Energy and Development (Houston) and Campeau Corporation (Toronto). Since leaving the Delray Beach CRA in 2000, Mr. Brown has consulted for a number of CRA’s throughout Florida, and has been a partner in several real estate development projects in inner-city infill downtowns. Mr. Brown served as president of the Florida Redevelopment Association from 2001-2003.