Public Invited to Attend Half-Day Work Group Sessions throughout Southeast Florida to Help Develop Blueprint to Guide Future Economic Investment into the Seven-County Region
MIAMI – September 20, 2012 – Southeast Florida Regional Partnership (SFRP), a collaboration of hundreds of public, private and civic stakeholders from the Southeast Florida region, along with the South Florida Regional Planning Council and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, today announced the scheduling of the “Seven50 Road Show and Work Group Meetings.” Residents of the seven counties in the region – Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River – are invited to attend a half-day work group meeting in their respective counties.
The unique series of work group meetings is designed to secure the public input necessary to develop Seven50, SE Florida’s Prosperity Plan, a 50-year blueprint for building stronger, more diverse communities, protecting the fragile ecosystem, and creating jobs and a resilient economy. The public work groups are focused on key topics that will inform the creation of the plan:
- Education, Workforce and Economic Development
- Development Patterns (Housing Transportation and Healthy Communities)
- Inclusive Regional Leadership
- Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
- Community Assets and Culture
- Climate Resilience
The meetings, which all take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., are free to attend. RSVPs are requested but not required. Breakfast and refreshments will be served.
Past: October 11: Monroe County
Marathon Government Center
Board of County Commission Chambers, second floor
2798 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Upcoming: October 24: Martin County
Indian River State College
2400 Southeast Salerno Road
Stuart, FL 34997
Upcoming: October 25: Indian River County
County Commission Chambers
1801 27th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Upcoming: October 26: Broward County
Broward County Government Center
County Commission Chambers
115 S Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Upcoming: November 14: St. Lucie County
Port St. Lucie Community Center
2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34984
Upcoming: November 15: Miami-Dade County
Miami International Airport
2100 NW 42 Ave.
Airport Auditorium, Concourse D, Level 4
Miami, FL 33142
Upcoming: November 16: Palm Beach County
2300 North Jog Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
The work group meetings follow the kick-off event, the “Opening Summit: State of the Region,” which took place June 27 in Delray Beach, Fla., and precede the second summit, which will take place January 24 in Miami. The Opening Summit was noted as a highly successful event with more than 500 attendees onsite and hundreds more via webcam.
Like the first summit, these meetings will be part presentation, part interactive exercises, part work session and part open discussion. Values polling, map exercises, short and detailed surveys are just a few of the tools that will help lay the foundation for a vision both region-wide and specific to every county. Participants may attend one meeting in their home counties or as many as they like. Those who haven’t yet joined a work group may attend to join one.
“Now, as we begin modeling our region’s current condition and projected future, Seven50 moves into an important, intensive public input phase. This public input, critical to ensure a unified, coordinated project that is inclusive and representative of each of our communities, will be fundamentally collected during the Seven50 Road Show and Work Group meetings,” said Marcela Camblor-Cutsaimanis, project director. “In addition to generating additional public involvement, the interactive exercises and discussions will provide a forum for every county to evaluate the issues and input resulting from our kick-off during the June 27 summit and address other county issues in the overall regional context. Based on the success of the first summit, we expect this will be a highly engaging, interactive, and productive process.”
Seven50 is being developed collaboratively with the public’s input and under the guidance of urban design and planning experts such as Dover Kohl & Partners and Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and others to help ensure success of what is rapidly transforming into one of the world’s most important mega-regions. A voluntary, wide-ranging and growing partnership, SFRP is committed to uncovering 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.
Not able to attend in person? Register to participate via webinar.
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 ensure a vibrant and resilient economy, and stewardship of 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 devised 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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