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For Murray, of the FIU Metropolitan Center, the business-friendly approach is beginning to show diminishing returns. “In Miami we still have this low-wage mentality,” he said. On the one hand, the Miami area has taken advantage of a steady inflow of cheap labor from overseas that continues to this day, he said.

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Fully 85 percent of Miami-Dade workers are in low-wage jobs, said Ned Murray, associate director at FIU’s Metropolitan Center. Overall wages in the tri-county area have risen 13 percent since 2011, slightly above the national increase of 12 percent. Few places across Miami-Dade, with the exception of Doral, have succeeded in creating a “critical mass” of advanced industry jobs, Murray said.

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The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season began on Saturday and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an estimated nine to 15 named storms. Maria Ilcheva is investigating how prepared Floridians are to face hurricanes and how they use information toward their preparations. Ilcheva is examining the measures residents, businesses and public officials are taking to mitigate the effect of hurricanes and what barriers exist to implement optimal preparedness.

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An estimated 77,000 renters in the county spend more than half their income on housing alone, according to a report issued by Florida International University's Metropolitan Center at the end of April - with data from 2018 - showing how much lower-cost housing Broward needs now, and for the future.

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he number of people spending more money than they should on housing in Broward County, keeps going up. An estimated 77,000 renters in the county spend more than half their income on housing alone, according to a report issued by Florida International University's Metropolitan Center at the end of April - with data from 2018 - showing how much lower-cost housing Broward needs now, and for the future.

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FIU Metropolitan Center's William T. Jackson received the "Making a Difference" award for his work as the founder and visionary of The Justice Project.

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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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