The Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Overtown / Park West Community Redevelopment Agency has appointed Cornelius “Neil” Shiver as the new executive director of the redevelopment agency.
Shiver has over 20 years of experience in law, business management, public policy and community development. Prior to his appointment, Neil was a trial lawyer concentrating in civil and criminal litigation.
Additionally, he served as the chief of staff to two former Miami commissioners: Jeffery Allen and Michelle Spence-Jones. More recently, he served as the Assistant Director of the CRA where he implemented and oversaw various administrative tasks including community development and community benefits negotiations in furtherance of the prevention and, or elimination of slum and blight in Overtown. Shiver also represented the agency at various settings including public hearings before both the city and Miami-Dade County commissions.
As the executive director, Shiver said he will continue to carry out the mission and purpose of the CRA; an independent government agency tasked with spearheading redevelopment in the Overtown / Park West neighborhoods.
His first priority on the job includes completing projects that are currently underway.
“It’s my vision going forward to complete the major projects on the books, mainly the three Town Parks rehabilitation projects, to develop block 55, the last developable lot on the borders of Overtown and downtown, and to bring homeownership opportunities to the residents of Overtown,” said Shiver.
Shiver was born and raised in Coconut Grove, attended the University of Miami where he earned a bachelor’s of business administration in finance, and he attended St. Thomas University School of Law where he earned a juris doctorate degree.