Seven50 Summit, ‘A Look Ahead: Trends and Opportunities,’
Scheduled for January 24 at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus
Public Invited to Help Develop Regional Blueprint for Southeast Florida
MIAMI – January 7, 2013 – The second in the series of Seven50 public summits – “A Look Ahead: Trends and Opportunities” – will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, January 24, at the Chapman Room at Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL, 33132. A live webcast will be provided for those who cannot attend in person. An informal summit reception will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, at the Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL, 33132. To learn more and register, the public may visit www.Seven50.org.
The goal of Seven50 is to create stronger, more diverse 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 develop a 50-year blueprint for 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.
The January 24 summit will feature political and cultural leaders from Southeast Florida’s seven counties who will discuss a broad variety of key topics facing the region in the century ahead, including adapting to climate change, improving higher education, creating a balanced transportation system, and staying economically competitive in a changing global market. Speakers also include Victor Dover of Dover, Kohl & Partners, and Andres Duany of Duany-Plater Zyberk, the two nationally recognized town planning and architecture firms who lead the Seven50 consultant team.
During the highly interactive summit, attendees will participate in live keypad polls throughout the day and personally record videos with their visions for the region. The public will also get a first peek at a comprehensive model for the seven counties in 2060, which is currently under development, and will provide input for the creation of alternate future scenarios. Attendees will design the future alongside urban planners and transportation experts.
The evening before the summit, on January 23, the conversation about the future begins at the informal opening reception at the Freedom Tower. The landmark tower that for more than twenty years was the point of first arrival for many South Florida families will provide the venue for the historic summit. Space is limited and RSVPs for the Freedom Tower event are required. More details will be announced soon.
“We are very excited about the second Seven50 summit, which we expect will have an even greater turnout than our highly successful opening summit,” said Marcela Camblor, Seven50 project director. “Seven50 is the public’s chance to have a voice in the future of Southeast Florida. Unlike other emerging regions, Southeast Florida does not have an investment plan to ensure global economic competitiveness and the best-possible quality of life for residents. That’s why Seven50 is so important. It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Southeast Florida to come together and plan the brightest future for the region.”
More than 500 residents, urban planners, business and civic leaders, elected officials, government leaders, and activists attended the first summit that took place in June in Delray Beach, FL. Since then, members of six workgroups have been meeting throughout Southeast Florida and actively focused on key topics affecting the region. They will reconvene at this summit and discuss the goals they developed for their respective topics, specifically:
• Education, Workforce and Economic Development
• Development Patterns
• Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
• Climate Resilience
• Community Assets and Agriculture
• Inclusive Regional Leadership
Complimentary refreshments will be served at the summit. Breakfast and lunch boxes will be available for purchase. RSVPs are requested but not required.
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
Editor’s Notes: Interviews may be coordinated upon request
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