Please be assured that CRA staff is committed to caring for your health and well-being during this time. As a result of the COVID-19 we are practicing social distancing and are conducting business via email, phone calls, and video conferences. We can schedule an in person meeting if necessary by reaching out to us by email or phone. Please see our contact information below.
Debrah Forester, CRA Director, joined the Collier County team in July 2017 as the Collier County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Director, overseeing both the Bayshore Gateway Triangle and Immokalee CRAs. Debrah is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is certified as a Redevelopment Administrator by Florida Redevelopment Association. Ms. Forester has over 25 years of experience in redevelopment, economic development, and comprehensive planning. Debrah previously worked in Collier County from 1995 to 2001 and facilitated the creation of the Collier County CRA. Debrah has a Masters Degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Please email me at Debrah.Forester@CollierCountyFL.gov
Phone: 239-252-8846 or 239-285-8270
Christie has been the Operations Manager for Collier County Immokalee Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) since 2015. She has worked for Collier County a total of 22 years, 14 with the CRA and 8 with Parks & Recreation. Since coming on board with the Immokalee CRA, Ms. Betancourt has contributed significantly to the development of the established CRA. In addition to her regular office duties at the CRA, Ms. Betancourt assists local Immokalee community members with logistical issues pertaining to grant programs and other governmental communication efforts. Ms. Betancourt invites you to contact her at any time with questions or for information about the Community Redevelopment Agency.
Please email me at Christie.Betancourt@colliercountyFl.gov
Yvonne moved to Naples in 1973 and loves living in SW Florida. She joined the Immokalee CRA Team in September 2020. Yvonne graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a master’s degree in business, University of Central Florida, Orlando, with a bachelor of arts degree in pre-law/political science and received an associate of science degree in real estate management from Edison Community College, Fort Myers. Yvonne has over 23 years sales experience including key roles with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Bonita Bay Group, St. Joe Land Company, Beazer Homes and WCI. Previously, she was a senior real property specialist for Collier County government for seven years and has also been an International Right-of-Way Association member for eight years. Ms. Blair invites you to contact her at any time with questions or for information about the Community Redevelopment Agency.
Please email me at Yvonne.Blair@ColliercountyFl.gov
Marilyn joined the CRA team in September 2021. She is tasked with assisting with active community projects and provide the community with public meeting information. She is currently attending Florida Gulf Coast University pursuing a degree in Business Management with a minor in Agribusiness. Ms. Gijon invites you to contact her at any time with questions or for information about the Community Redevelopment Agency.
Please email me at Marilyn.Gijon@collierCountyFl.gov