We have been granted an unprecedented opportunity to shape the future of our communities, and I’d like to tell you a little bit about what we are doing.
We call it “Seven50.” It is a unique investment plan that will help guide the allocation of federal and private dollars into the Southeast Florida region in order to help ensure economic prosperity and the best-possible quality of life for its residents.
What is Seven50? Seven50 is a chance to build a strong, competitive, environmentally responsible and resilient region. Seven50 is our chance to work together.
Our region is a unique environment. Some of the world’s most desirable destinations, modern cities, inspiring historic towns and peaceful rural villages can be found here. Together, we will aim at leveraging resources and coordinating strategic long-term planning to drive competitiveness and prosperity and ensure a healthy, natural, environment.
Although Seven50 will be designed to ensure the brightest-possible future for the region for the next five decades, its impacts will be felt in as early as five years from today. As South Floridians, we play a vital role in a new, global economy, and thus, it falls on us to preserve and improve the quality of life for everyone in our region.
Together, our seven counties, 129 local governments and public and private agencies, represent the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Seven50 will recommend actions to enhance and sustain economic vitality, competitiveness, 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.
It is up to us. It is both our challenge and our opportunity to identify and implement those actions to guarantee a thriving environment and a worthy legacy for generations to come. Please join us!
Marcela Camblor-Cutsaimanis, AICP
Sustainable Communities Initiative