Public Invited to Attend Opening Summit on June 27 in Delray Beach to Discuss the State of the Region, Provide Input for Development of Regional Blueprint
MIAMI – June 14, 2012 – Southeast Florida Regional Partnership (SFRP), a collaboration of more than 200 public, private and civic stakeholders from the Southeast Florida region, today announced the scheduling of a unique series of public summits to develop a 50-year blueprint for more prosperous, socially inclusive communities, a cleaner environment and a stronger economy for the seven Southeast Florida counties – Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River. The first summit, titled “Opening Summit: State of the Region,” will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Old School Square, Cultural Arts Center, 51 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL, 33344. The free event is open to the public. RSVPs are requested but not required. Lunch and refreshments will be served. RSVP forms and information are available at www.seven50.org.
Neal Peirce, chairman of The Citistates Group and a widely read syndicated columnist who writes about the political and economic dynamics and emerging roles of metropolitan regions, will provide a keynote address at the event about the regional dynamics of Southeast Florida and defining and achieving regional success.
Marcela Camblor, SFRP’s project director, said: “Seven50 is an investment plan that will help guide the allocation of federal and other dollars into the region in order to help ensure economic prosperity and the best-possible quality of life for Southeast Florida’s residents. While Seven50 will be designed to ensure the brightest-possible future for the region in the next 50 years, its impacts will be felt in the near future as early as five years from today.”
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 and others to help ensure success of what is rapidly transforming into one of the world’s most important mega-regions. Devised through a series of forward-thinking, public summits, workshops, online outreach and high-impact 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 and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council to fund the multi-year regional dialogue.
A voluntary, wide-ranging and growing partnership, SFRP is committed to uncovering 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.
The event will also feature brief 15-minute presentations, including:
- “50-Year Plan: The Impact Starts Now,” provided by Victor Dover, principal with Dover Kohl & Partners Town Planning
- “Perspective Born of Nine Generations in Florida,” provided by Allison DeFoor, principal with The Fiorentino Group
- “State of the Region and Future Trends,” provided by Robert Burchell, professor with Rutgers University
- “Indicators and Benchmarks in Successful Regional Visions and Plans,” provided by Bill Spikowski, owner of Spikowski Planning Associates
As part of the interactive session, attendees will be engaged with live key-pad polling throughout the day and will be able to personally record messages for the planning team concerning their vision for the region. Attendees may choose to join one or more workgroups focused on specific topics and remain active throughout the planning process to articulate their ideas and contribute to the plan.
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 ensure socially inclusive communities, a vibrant and resilient economy, and stewardship of 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 devised 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