South Florida Symposium
A Place Under the Sun for Everyone
Housing Affordability and Economic Development Identifying a Research Agenda
Thursday, November 8th, 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
The Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University and the Economic Development Research Institute invite you to participate in a one-day symposium intended to stimulate discussion about current gaps in affordable housing and economic development research in South Florida. The conference will provide an opportunity for academic researchers in fields such as planning, architecture, and business to engage with regional practitioners and policy makers to share ideas on an array of issues pertaining to affordable housing in South Florida. The symposium will enable stakeholders from the South Florida region to collectively raise the bar on local research that explores the nexus between the high costs of housing—both ownership and rental—and other real estate and economic development.
Who Should Attend
Academic community (particularly faculty and students interested in housing and economic development research), public and private planners, for profit and non-profit residential and commercial developers, community redevelopment agency and other government officials, civic leaders, and representatives of chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and businesses.
The Symposium will Include:
- Keynote speaker, John Talmage, President and CEO of Social Compact, Washington, D.C. Social Compact conducts research projects to contribute to innovation in the community development field. These projects are often undertaken in partnership with local leaders, community based organizations and financial
institutions in community development. Mr. Talmage will broadly address issues and challenges of developing affordable housing and its relationship to economic development.
- Moderated panel/participant discussions on a proposed research agenda that could help South Florida’s housing and economic development organizations successfully address the affordable housing issue.
View FINAL PROGRAM (has links to speaker bios and presentations)
We appreciate the support of the following firms and organizations.
This event is generously supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
REGULATORY BARRIERS AND WORKFORCE HOUSING: An Essential Reading List
For the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing
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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Freed
FAU’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions Presents Housing Affordability Symposium
BOCA RATON, FL (November 7, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) and the Economic Development Research Institute will host “A Place Under the Sun for Everyone,” a one-day symposium intended to stimulate discussion about current gaps in affordable housing and economic development research in South Florida.
The event will take place Thursday, November 8 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. The following keynote events are scheduled to take place:
- “Affordable and Workforce Housing Workshop,” a panel discussion from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
- “South Florida Economic Development Challenges,” a panel discussion from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Lunch keynote speaker John Talmage, president and CEO of Social Compact in Washington, D.C., will speak about “What You Really Need to Know that No One is Researching: Developing a Research Agenda for Housing Affordability in South Florida” from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
The conference will provide an opportunity for academic researchers in fields such as planning, architecture, and business to engage with regional practitioners and policy makers to share ideas on an array of issues pertaining to affordable housing in South Florida. It also will enable stakeholders from the South Florida region to collectively raise the bar on local research that explores the nexus between the high costs of housing – both ownership and rental – and other real estate and economic development.
Since 1972, CUES has remained dedicated to helping communities and decision makers resolve urban and environmental issues through partnerships, education, and research throughout Florida and beyond. The Center aims to work with policy-makers and the public in their pursuit of options for managing growth while preserving natural systems, promoting a strong economy and planning livable communities. Local governments, state agencies, civic and business groups, academics and professionals are part of the broad constituency that supports, motivates and benefits from the Center’s activities.
For more information, contact Dr.Lenore Alpert at 954-762-5268 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.cuesfau.org.