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Miami-Dade County Prosperity Initiatives Study Groundbreaking research-based community action plan to improve economic opportunity and self-sufficiency.

Economic and Housing Market Analysis Development of strategic economic projects and studies that look at regional development problems and opportunities.

Survey and Opinion Research Conduction of quantitative and qualitative public opinion research, including surveys, focus groups, one-on-one interviews and mystery shops.

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Miramar, FL 33027
Tel: 954-438-8657
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Miami-Dade told cities to help build housing that local workers can afford. Few did


“Each municipality has a responsibility to provide for its own citizens and its own economy,” said Ned Murray, associate director of Florida International University’s Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center. “We just don’t see that happening to the levels that are necessary.”

Study: Rents in Wellington, Royal Palm often cost households half their paychecks or more


In 2018, about 57.4% of Royal Palm Beach and 56.7% of Wellington renters were "overwhelmed" with housing costs, meaning they spent at least half and even as much as two-thirds of their income on housing, according to a 2021 study by FIU's Metropolitan Center, which provides policy solutions to public, private and nonprofit organizations in South Florida.

Jamaica native leads push to lure companies to Miami Beach as city’s top corporate booster


Williams officially started on her public service career at Florida International University, eventually earning a master’s degree in public administration. There she met Ned Murray, a housing expert and associate director of the university’s Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center.

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COVID-19 Economic Recovery Index©
Interact with our newly developed COVID-19 Economic Recovery Index© where we track the local economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

View recent reports published by the Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center.

Using infographics, our staff prepares a brief analysis of issues of interest to the community.

Policy Briefs
As part of our commitment to providing local and state public and private decision-makers with relevant information on issues affecting South Florida, the FIU Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center is proud to present Policy Briefings.

Find recent webinars and highlights of our research projects on our YouTube page!