Third Summit Recap

Seven50’s Summit 3 was a success! Over the course of three days, the team worked with community members, national experts and involved citizens to refine the plan. More than 350 individuals registered for the event, and many more made their voices heard social media and our livestream webcast. Thank you for the turnout and interest in the future of the region!

The Summit kicked off with an Executive Committee meeting, during which worries over the future of Seven50 and the role of the federal government within the region were discussed. The summit provided an opportunity for both sides to clarify some of the misunderstandings that have developed concerning the project http://seven50.org/plan/what-seven50-is-not/ . The dialogue resulted in a stronger, more detailed plan that better serves the needs of our region.

The themes of the summit were varied and covered a wide range of the issues facing South Florida. Donald Kiselewski, Vice President of Florida Power and Light and Natalie Schneider of South Florida Water Management District discussed various aspect of climate change in the area. Growing concern over the status of agriculture in Florida (one of our states biggest industries) was the topic of discussion for a panel with Doug Bournique, president of the Indian River Citrus League, Peter Spyke, president of Arapaho Citrus, and leaders in urban agriculture including Mario Yanez, founder of Earth Learning.

Day 3 presented a look towards the future.  Leaders from South Florida universities, including Florida International University and Miami Dade College, as well as healthcare interest groups such as the Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience, briefed attendees on Florida’s role in the healthcare industry.  The Summit’s Keynote Speaker, Tom Murphy, former Mayor of Pittsburgh and the Urban Land Institute Fellow for Urban Development, discussed the importance of progress in a dynamic economy. The Technology Panel investigated new methods of uniting the community through technology, such as fiber-optic networks. Jim Carras talked about increasing opportunity in the region. Victor Dover and Jason King of Dover, Kohl & Partners led the discussion on future scenarios for the region  http://seven50.org/modeler/ and talked about the project’s next steps.