Seven50 Difference Summary: Today

The “seven50 difference” is already evident.

Creation Of First Seven-County Regional Transportation Model

For the first time, a seven-county transportation model was developed as part of Seven50. This common platform allows for a conversation about mobility across jurisdictional boundaries. This model looks be- yond the 2040 time frame to 2060.

By working with the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership and the Sustainable Communities Initiative Leadership Academy, Seven50 facilitated a meeting in Minneapolis of our region’s transportation partners. The meeting resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding between FDOT, SFRTA, FEC, SFRPC, TCRPC and the three MPOs (Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach). The agreement, referred to as the Minneapolis Accord, outlines the conditions to create the Tri-Rail Coastal Link Partnership. This Partnership will be responsible for passenger rail service along the FEC line throughout the region.

Initiated Partnership: Between The Climate Compact And The Northern Counties

Southeast Florida is on the front line of climate change. It is a region built on the coast, with many significant public and private investments located on low-lying barrier islands, unprotected shorelines and western Everglades edge.

Responding to the threat of sea level rise and more frequent stronger storms, the counties of Monroe, Miami-Dade, Bro- ward and Palm Beach signed the South- east Florida Regional Compact pledging to coordinate efforts to reduce green- house gas emissions and create climate adaptation strategies.
Martin, Indian River and St. Lucie Counties have now been mapped to identify vulnerable areas for inundation. The counties are now encouraged to work to- gather to create a Northern Climate Com- pact through Seven50. A unified region, we have enhanced our ability to address the potential impacts of sea level rise.

Creation of a Seven Country Data Warehouse

The Seven50 Data Warehouse is the most comprehensive data base ever provided to all counties in the region. It provides a “one-stop shop” for data that will be useful in conducting the business in the region and identifying potential economic development opportunities. Better data should lead to better decisions.

The Data Warehouse is available to any user and provides geographic information for all seven counties. Data layers include land uses, traffic analyses, modeling efforts from partner organizations, sea level rise, population forecasts, census data, parks and recreational assets, first priority climate change adaptation areas, com- mute times, housing and transportation costs and a number of others.
The Data Warehouse allows users to work with Geographic Information Systems data without requiring the purchase of proprietary software.

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“The conversation itself changes the trend,” pointed out Dr. Robert Burchell, Director of the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University, author of 2S books on planning practice. The conversation itself will improve lives in the region. Seven50 has changed the culture and established the framework for regional discussion, coordination and cooperation.

Focused on Balanced Mobility, Including Walkability as a New Regional Goal

The region is making major transit in- vestments, including regional passenger train lines, extension of commuter lines, local circulators, Bus Rapid Transit, and new routes for local buses. The goal is to provide options: multiple ways of getting around in addition to the car. However, all trips begin and end on foot. Creating an environment in which people can walk from their homes to transit, and from transit to where they work, along safe, comfortable and interesting streets is of strategic importance. This will require complete, multi-modal streets with plenty of shade, but also complete communities and opportunities for citizens to meet their daily needs close to home.
There are many plans throughout the region to improve walkability in areas that are currently compact, urban, walkable and often historic. Seven50 creates a regional walkability vision to supplement those local plans.

Launched an Ongoing Regional Conversation on the Future

Seven50 has hosted a multi-year, regional conversation about the future, highlighting the latest thinking in economic development, land use planning, transportation and climate change adaptation.

A diversity of opinions was heard at each of the Seven50 events – from young people with “a new American Dream” involving walkable, social, transit-connected places, to residents who want to preserve the unique character and scale that makes their community unique.

“The conversation itself changes the trend,” pointed out Dr. Robert Burchell, Director of the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University, author of 2S books on planning practice. The conversation itself will improve lives in the region. Seven50 has changed the culture and established the framework for regional discussion, coordination and cooperation.

Additional Impacts

Fiber Optic agreement with FEC and seven county resolution
This Seven50 project will ensure the region has sufficient fiber optic capacity to grow the health care, bio/medical science, and transportation logistic sectors of our economy and will put the region in a better position to compete with the rest of the country and world.

Seven 50 Regional Vision
We’ll compete as a region globally. The Seven50 Regional Plan puts each municipality in a stronger position to get a solid return on its federal and state tax dollar investment. It remains a local choice about whether to accept federal and state assistance for specific projects and initiatives.

Civic Assets Google Based Map
The Civic Assets Map is a compendium of organizations and assets that can be searched by location and topic.

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