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On the South Florida Roundup, host Tom Hudson and WLRN reporter Nadege Green spoke with Alfredo Duran, deputy director for the city of Miami's Department of Housing and Community Development; Annie Lord, executive director of Miami Homes for All; and Ned Murray, associate director of FIU's Metropolitan Center.

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More than 82,000 small businesses employ 53% of the Miami-Dade County’s workforce, revealed a study commissioned by the Florida Small Business Development Center. It also has a high percentage of microbusinesses, according to the FIU Metropolitan Center.

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Dr. Maria Ilcheva, FIU Metropolitan Center, says the reason so many people are moving out of town is simple: South Florida is becoming too expensive for them. “The biggest thing for us is housing and income levels, and those are related,” she said. “Housing is becoming more expensive, while earnings are stagnant. Our region from that perspective is becoming less attractive, and those two elements are becoming a major reason for why people are moving out."

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The Miami Dade Board of County Commissioners, the Commission Auditor and Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center on Mar. 19 announced the release of the third annual report on the status of women in Miami-Dade County.

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Progress on gender equality remains stagnant, according to a new report on the status of women in Miami-Dade County. “Gender differences persist in most areas of social and economic life,” the authors said, adding that the new data and analysis underscores that “progress on gender equality needs to be accelerated, and concerted efforts to be made to address the persistent gaps.”

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The 2019 report on the Status of Women in Miami-Dade County is the third report that tracks disparities between men and women, and progress towards closing the gender gap. Similar to previous reports, the 2019 volume shows that gender differences persist in most areas of social and economic life. This report’s new data and analysis underlines that progress on gender equality needs to be accelerated, and concerted efforts to be made to address the persistent gaps.

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Affordable housing, along with sea level rise, has been a top challenge in Miami for more than a decade, says Ned Murray, associate director of Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center.

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Ned Murray, the associate director of FIU’s Metropolitan Center, has kept tabs on our local housing market for decades. He points to continued interest from overseas buyers and investors as one reason the Miami market is staying hot.

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Dr. Maria Ilcheva, the lead researcher of the report, and Miami-Dade County Commissioner for District 8 Daniella Levine Cava explained on Sundial which fields the gap remains large and where progress can still be made.

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Progress in closing the yawning chasm between the earnings of men and women appears to have stalled in Miami-Dade in the past couple of years, even as economic conditions for women improved marginally.

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