Affordable/Workforce Housing

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

Registration Fee: $35.00
Includes Networking Breakfast and Lunch

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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.

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The problem of affordable housing is acute in Broward County. It spans the disciplines of the College to include planning, architecture, public policy, social work, and criminology.  From the urban design perspective the solution to affordable housing is inextricably linked to transportation.  The Broward County Countywide Design Guidebook project demonstrates how new transportation systems and infrastructure can create new opportunities for redevelopment while improving the character and form of our community and preserving a sense of place.  The Broward Design Collaborative works with the local Smart Growth Partnership to serve as the community space for dialogue, developing knowledge, exchanging and advancing ideas for housing solutions that are equitable, sustainable, and affordable.  Local and national grant opportunities exist to further the development of this area of engagement.

The Broward County County-wide Community Design Guidebook