Following a Successful Third Seven50 Summit, the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership Announces the Launch of Latest Initiatives to Engage the Public in the Seven50 Plan: An Interactive ‘Online Scenario Modeler,’ and a Digital ‘Leadership Assets Map’
MIAMI & PALM BEACH, FL – August 5, 2013 – Following a successful series of three public summits as well as the launch of several unique online platforms to stimulate public engagement in the Seven50 plan, the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership (SFRP) today announced that drafting of the plan is underway.
Seven50, a 50-year blueprint for the future, is being developed based on public input in order to help create stronger communities, a cleaner environment and a stronger economy for the region comprised of Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties. Led by the South Florida and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Councils and the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership (SFRP), a collaboration of more than 200 public, private and civic stakeholders from the region, the initiative seeks to plan a more prosperous and resilient future. Southeast Florida is quickly becoming a mega-region and major economic driver due to its unique assets, international trade connections, transportation infrastructure, business diversity, and population growth.
Here is an update of the most recent initiatives surrounding the development of Seven50:
- The Third Seven50 Summit: Approximately 600 residents, urban planners, business and civic leaders, elected officials, government leaders and activists recently attended the Third Seven50 Summit, “The Future in Focus: A Preferred Scenario – How We Will Get There.” The three-day event took place in late June at the West Palm Beach Convention Center. It included a series of workgroup meetings, panel discussions, and presentations from noted thought leaders, including former Pittsburgh Mayor and Urban Land Institute Senior Resident Fellow Thomas Murphy, who provided a keynote address about the importance of improving the region’s infrastructure, quality of life and education to enable the fast-growing state of Florida to better compete for jobs. Key topics discussed at the summit include: climate resilience; transportation and congestion; higher education; agriculture; energy; transportation; and economic competitiveness in a changing global market. Live polling took place throughout the summit. The Seven50 Executive Committee also announced that regional airports and seaports had pledged to work together as part of Seven50. The fourth and final Seven50 summit will take place in January 2014. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.
- Leadership Assets Map: The newly launched digital “Leadership Assets Map” enables the public to identify and connect with the region’s formal, informal, civic and nonprofit organizations and networks within specific geographic or topic areas. It also enables organizations to identify and collaborate with other similar groups or those that have complementary goals. The platform is designed to accommodate ongoing expansions to include the region’s many public agencies and institutional and facility assets. The map covers the following topics: agriculture, climate resilience, community assets and culture, economic development, education and workforce development, environment/natural resources, healthy communities, housing, social opportunity and equity, transportation, and other categories including faith-based organizations, young professionals’ organizations and civic clubs. The map, developed by Roar Media and Jean Scott, already features information from more than 150 civic and nonprofit organizations. “Recognizing that Southeast Florida is quickly becoming a mega-region and major economic driver, we decided to create the first interactive ‘Leadership Assets Map’ to give the public a quick and easy way to search, filter and locate key organizations for potential involvement,” said Marcela Camblor, Seven50 project director. “As part of our commitment to increase public engagement and to see where the gaps in leadership exist, we encourage organizations that meet the civic and nonprofit criteria to submit their originations into the map.”
- Online Scenario Modeler: The newly launched “Online Scenario Modeler” provides the public opportunities to explore different scenarios for growth and development in the seven counties of Southeast Florida for the next 50 years and beyond. The just-completed Scenario Report, which may be downloaded from the website, shows detailed analysis maps covering features such as walkability, land use and residential density. The “Online Scenario Modeler” makes the future vivid, and already includes contributions from more than 400 participants. “The four scenarios presented are conversation starters that will help lead us to a preferred scenario, the basis of the official Seven50 plan. These scenarios are the closest thing to predicting the future, the closest thing to a crystal ball, that our region has ever had,” said Consultant Team Project Director Jason King, with Dover Kohl & Partners.
During the next several months, the official Seven50 plan will be drafted. The target completion date for the draft document is October 18. The Seven50 Team will be on tour through the seven counties of the region to work with local planners, workgroups, state and local agencies and the public. The team will travel to meet with county officials and planners to work together in developing a plan that is not only regionally minded, but also addresses particular concerns and key areas of focus for each of the counties.
Seven50 is being developed collaboratively with the public’s input and under the guidance of urban design and planning experts such as Dover Kohl & Partners and Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company. Devised through a series of forward-thinking public summits, workshops, online outreach and studies, Seven50 is the result of a grant from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities Initiative. The grant was secured by the South Florida Regional Planning Council, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, and the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership to fund the multi-year regional dialogue. The plan involves more than 200 public agencies and business, community and academic groups, including state and local planners, government officials and academic institutions. For more information about upcoming workshops and the fourth summit, visit www.seven50.org.
Seven50 (“seven counties, 50 years”) is a blueprint for growing a more prosperous, more desirable Southeast Florida during the next 50 years and beyond. The plan is being developed to help build stronger, more diverse communities, create jobs and a resilient economy, and protect the fragile ecosystem in what is quickly becoming one of the world’s most important mega-regions. Spearheaded by the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership (SFRP), a unique collaboration of more than 200 public, private, and civic stakeholders, Seven50 is mapping the strategy for the best-possible quality of life for the more than six million residents of Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties. The plan is being created through a series of public summits, workshops, online outreach and high-impact studies led by the region’s top thinkers. Seven50 has been made possible by a grant from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities Initiative. For more information, visit www.seven50.org
About the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership (SFRP)
The Southeast Florida Regional Partnership (SFRP) is a voluntary, broad-based and growing collaboration of more than 200 public, private, and civic stakeholders from the Southeast Florida region of Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties. The partnership has united to leverage resources and coordinate strategic long-term planning to drive competitiveness and prosperity for the region. SFRP seeks greater opportunities for sustained job creation, access to affordable housing, a better menu of transportation options, and more people-friendly, environment-friendly places to live. For more information, visit www.seven50.org
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