Following a key recommendation of the newly released Seven50: Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan, the South Florida Regional Planning Council hosted a June 11 meeting where more than 100 South Florida community leaders, policy analysis and members of the general public came together to discuss emerging economic trends and launch the “Southeast Florida Regional Opportunity Network,” a multi-sector collaboration of public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic entities dedicated to promoting regional economic growth opportunities.
Key discussion topics included the region’s changing demographics, economic vitality, connectedness among residents, and readiness for the 21st century economy. Presenters unveiled and discussed the “Southeast Florida Equity Profile” prepared by PolicyLink and the University of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, as well as the “Southeast Florida Fair Housing Equity Assessment.” The reports provide data and recommendations as part of an actionable framework for broad-based economic and community prosperity.
Following the interactive discussion, attendees participated in breakout sessions to collectively develop solutions to key issues our region is facing, as well as next steps for implementation of the Southeast Florida Regional Opportunity Network.
“We are excited by the positive response and interest in creating a regional, collaborative network of individuals and organizations committed to furthering economic growth and opportunity throughout the region and its communities,” said James F. Murley, executive director of the South Florida Regional Planning Council. “Without a doubt, ensuring the best possible economic future for our region requires embracing the diversity of the communities and people that comprise it. We must work together to close growing performance gaps and the unequal access to economic opportunities that have placed our region’s future at serious risk. Maximizing the potential of our diverse population will enable us to strengthen our middle class and create a more prosperous region and future for everyone.”
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