June 2009: U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency announce the creation of an interagency partnership and Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program that would support regions committed to work collaboratively across jurisdictional boundaries to create “Regional Plans for Sustainable Development.” Inaugural grants under this program supported metropolitan and multi-jurisdictional planning efforts that better integrated housing, land use, economic development, community development, social development, water, environmental protection, transportation, energy conservation, and infrastructure.
February 2010: The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) begin to enter into memoranda of understanding (MOU) with what will become over 200 allied organizations which comprise the South Florida Regional Partnership (the Partnership). Partnership members provide letters and resolutions to help create, support and implement the plan.
August 2010: SFRPC, TCRPC and Partnership members, submit an application to the U.S. HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program.
October 2010: Announcement that the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership has been selected one of 45 recipients of the initial grants. The Partnership was awarded a $4.25 million dollar grant, one of the top four awards nationally, in the “regional plan development” category.
November 2010: The Partnership begins its process to refine its approach to create a “Regional Vision and Blueprint for Economic Prosperity.” An Executive Committee and Project Management Team are assembled. Among its other duties the Executive Committee is to provide policy direction for the Regional Vision and Blueprint; ensure all constituencies have meaningful opportunities to engage and shape the process; identify and resolve significant issues arising during the process; recommend the final plan, and implementation plan.
April 2011: HUD approves the Work Plan, Budget and Timeline.
October 2011: The Partnership issues a Statement of Qualifications Request for professional planning services to assist in creating the plan. Dover, Kohl & Partners, of Coral Gables, Fla., is chosen by a subset of the Executive Committee and Project Management Team to head the multi-disciplinary planning team.
June 2012: The first of a series of public engagement Summits and Workshops is announced for the planning initiative renamed “Seven50: SE Florida Prosperity Plan.”