In October of 2020, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) entered into an agreement with Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. (“Dr. Phillips Center”) related to funding for the operation of the “Front Yard Festival”, using the Seneff Arts Plaza to conduct outdoor, socially-distanced events over a six-month period. As previously noted, the DTOutlook, the CRA’s Downtown Orlando Community Redevelopment Area (Area) Plan, notes the importance of using public plazas as signature attractions to host events, festivals, concerts, and athletic events and activities and commits the CRA to continuing the growth of arts and culture within the Area. The first 3+ months of the Front Yard Festival events have brought over 30,000 people downtown to enjoy a variety of types of events and have assisted the CRA in partially accomplishing these goals. Dr. Phillips Center would like to continue the Festival through the end of 2021 and is requesting additional funding in the amount of up to $500,000 from the CRA to assist with the continued cost of operating the Festival. Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Dr. Phillips Center will ensure that, in the operation of the Festival, a diverse offering of events will be programmed, including at least 100 free community events as well as events targeting seniors, youth, families, and the diverse ethnic groups of the community. Additionally, the Agreement provides for downtown businesses to be included in the Festival and for underserved communities and youth to have the opportunity to attend Festival events.