The South Florida Sun Sentinel: Imagining a stronger region

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Getting seven South Florida counties to think regionally is not an easy undertaking. Yet that’s the challenge facing organizers of Seven 50, the latest planning initiative to build South Florida’s brand and increase the clout of the nation’s sixth-largest metropolitan region.

On Thursday, the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership will hold its second regional summit on Seven 50, short for Seven Counties, 50 Years. Expectations are high that this effort will produce more than a feel-good visioning exercise because nearly 200 organizations — from Key West to Sebastian Inlet — have signed on to help grow regional prosperity in this competitive global marketplace.

Gone are the days when business leaders and government officials could boast of economic prowess simply by luring a coveted industry across county lines. Fading, too, is the notion that local communities can rely on legislative delegations bringing home the bacon for worthwhile projects, given the political and financial realities in Tallahassee and Washington.

The road to a better quality of life depends on local communities rising above backyard rivalries to secure opportunities that help us compete with other “citi-state” regions.

For without question, we are stronger together.

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