FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Seven50 Summit Three, ‘The Future in Focus,’
Scheduled for June 19-21 at Palm Beach Convention Center
Public Invited to Help Develop Regional Blueprint for Southeast Florida
MIAMI & PALM BEACH, FL – June 17, 2013 – The third in the series of Seven50 public summits – “The Future in Focus: A Preferred Scenario – How We Will Get There” – will take place from June 19 through June 21 at Palm Beach Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. A live webcast will be provided for those who cannot attend in person. To learn more and register for the free event, the public may visit www.Seven50.org.
“We are very excited about the third Seven50 Summit, which will focus on helping shape the future of Southeast Florida and invite the public to weigh in on alternate scenarios for the region,” said Marcela Camblor-Cutsaimanis, Seven50 project director. “As momentum and public engagement have continued to build since our first summit, we look forward to an even bigger third summit. Indeed, this a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Southeast Florida to come together and plan the brightest future for the region.”
Thousands of residents, urban planners, business and civic leaders, elected officials, government leaders, and activists have attended the first two summits that took place in Miami and Delray Beach, FL. At the third summit, the conversation will focus on emerging trends and future scenarios and leverage online simulation tools. The interactive event will include a keynote presentation from former Pittsburgh Mayor Thomas Murphy and a series of workgroups and panel presentations from other noted thought-leaders regarding issues facing the region, including adapting to climate change, improving higher education, creating a balanced transportation system, and staying economically competitive in a changing global market.
The summit is designed to help inform the direction of the Seven50 plan for more prosperous communities, a healthier environment and a stronger economy in 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.
As part of this planning initiative and leading up to the third summit, the South Florida and Treasure Coast regional planning councils and SFRP recently launched a digital “Leadership Assets Map” that serves as a digital clearinghouse and platform for users to connect with the region’s formal, informal, civic and nonprofit organizations and networks within specific geographic or topic areas. Already featuring more than 150 civic and nonprofit organizations, the map may be accessed at: http://seven50.org/leadership-assets-map/
During the interactive summit, attendees will participate in live keypad polls and personally record videos with their visions for the region. The agenda:
Wednesday, June 19:
- 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Executive Committee Meeting
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Workshop: Climate Resilience, Mr. Donald Kiselewski, Vice President, Florida Power and Light
Thursday, June 20:
- 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Workgroups Work Sessions
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Workshop: The Future of Agriculture in the Region
Friday, June 21:
- 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Third Summit (main day) with keynote speaker former Pittsburgh Mayor Thomas Murphy: Competing in a Changing Economy
“If you can only attend one day, consider joining us on Friday, June 21,” Camblor-Cutsaimanis added.
Complimentary refreshments will be served. Lunch will be available Friday for $10 at the summit. RSVP’s are requested for the workshops, workgroups and the summit.
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
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