Greater Titusville Renaissance sparks economic boom


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Pizza at Titus Landing celebrates during its ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Examples of how The Greater Titusville Renaissance has benefited Titusville are plain to see.

“Greater Titusville Renaissance operates as an economic driver for North Brevard County,” said Cathy Musselman, the executive director.

Success stories include:

• A new retail/multi-use lifestyle center — Titus Landing.

• The North Brevard Economic Development Zone — creating new businesses and jobs.

• A center that encourages and supports entrepreneurs.

• Work on beautification projects and encouraging commercial property improvements.

• More events and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens.

A non-profit organization, The Greater Titusville Renaissance was formed in 2011 when Brevard County experienced an economic downturn after the Space Shuttle program was discontinued.

“It is a grassroots collaboration of engaged citizens, ambitious thinkers and inspirational community leaders working together to deliver initiatives that will benefit residents and visitors,” Musselman said. “Through community volunteers and business supporters, we are able to improve our quality of life, economic development and make progress happen.”

As a nonprofit organization, the Greater Titusville Renaissance depends on the support of its community.

“Due to government cutbacks, we need to make up the difference in funding,” Musselman said.

Pizza at Titus Landing recently stepped up to the plate, donating 20 percent of a day’s revenue to support the organization’s continuing efforts.

For the businesses’ co-owner, Stephen Weiss, it’s about giving back.

“Greater Titusville Renaissance was an integral part of me opening Pizza at Titus Landing. I got to network with entrepreneurs and this helped me to accomplish important objectives such as acquire local financing,” he said.

Although North Brevard is experiencing new growth, Musselman said much remains to be done. Among these is the management of COlaunch, a co-work space for entrepreneurs. There are projects with Space Coast Fab Lab, the American Space Museum, STEAM and Computers and Advancing Education. The organization also supports local arts and beautification projects such as Keep Brevard Beautiful.

Whether by donating their time, talents or finances, citizens and business people are invited to become a part of the renaissance. 

For information, call 321-607-6512, email cathy@greatertitusville.com or go to GreaterTitusville.com

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