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February

The 2010 Metropolitan Center Annual Newsletter showcases the studies and trainings completed in 2010 with a focus on the following core areas: economic development and housing policy; performance management, survey research and outreach; economic and demographic research; and planning and land use policy.

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March

Our Board Member Jack Lowell was named Office Broker of the year by the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association.Please click here to read more.

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The FIU Metropolitan Center is designated as a U.S. Census Bureau Information Center (CIC). In that capacity, we are pleased to begin the dissemination and analysis of the 2010 Decennial Census. The early 2010 Census data releases have already come under a good deal of scrutiny, and it is our goal to quickly analyze the data and provide South Florida municipalities and organizations with speedy and helpful data findings and extrapolations.

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Dario Gonzalez, Research Associate quoted in Miami Herald

Dario Gonzalez, one of our Research Associates was quoted in a Miami Herald article about demographic changes in South Florida.

Check out this article regarding our new Brickell location.

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Dr. Ned Murray, Associate Director of the FIU Metropolitan Center was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article by Dawn Wotapka, "Rising Gas Prices HIt Home: Jump at Pump Squeezes Houses in Exurbs, Could Lead to More Foreclosures". The article discusses the effects of rising gas prices on South Florida homeowners. Specifically, Dr. Murray commented on the effect of high gas prices on Homestead's homeowners. To view the article, please click here.

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April

Citizen’s Academy What you should know about your government and elected officials The Metropolitan Center at Florida International University is providing municipalities and its citizens with the opportunity to learn about their city government and how its leaders impact the community. The academy is designed to be a two-hour program to be held once a week for eight weeks.

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The Metropolitan Center is assisting Florida International University with its Master Plan. Please feel free to join the Facebook discussion here. Please view this article on the Master Plan by going here.

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Our New Location

The Miami Herald recently wrote an article on our new Brickell location.

May

Dr. Ned Murray, Associate Director of the FIU Metropolitan Center, will be the opening speaker of Palm Beach County's Planning Challenges Seminar being held on Friday May 20, 2011 in Boca Raton. He will be discussing creative economic development in Florida.

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South Florida’s Decade of Uneven Growth and Development The following analysis of housing and population estimates from the 2010 Decennial U.S. Census provides some understanding of South Florida’s growth and development pattern during a decade in which a housing boom and bust occurred.

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July

Metropolitan Center Relocation

As of 08/01/2011 we will be located at 1101 Brickell Avenue, Suite S-200, Miami, FL 33131. Our office line is 305.779.7879. Our fax is 305.779.7880.

Dr. Ned Murray will be a speaker at the Florida Association for Community Action (FACA)'s Annual Poverty Symposium on October 6, 2011

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Dr. Murray at the Florida Association for Community Action (FACA)'s Annual Poverty Symposium

Dr. Ned Murray will be a speaker at the Florida Association for Community Action (FACA)'s Annual Poverty Symposium on October 6, 2011.

Dr. Ned Murray was quoted in this first edition of a two-part Biscayne Times piece, Who We Are, a comprehensive article on development and demographic change in the past decade in Miami-Dade County and various municipalities (including Miami and Miami Beach).

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August

The new issue of Policy Briefings is out, with a focus on the linkage between Housing and Transportation. To access it, go to Issue 3: Housing and Transportation.

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October

The Second Annual MetroForum Event, The State of the South Florida Economy, took place on October 17, 2011. To view the presentations and pictures, please click here.

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Dr. Ned Murray was a keynote speaker at the Florida Association for Community Action's Annual Poverty Symposium on October 6, 2011. To access his presentation, click here.

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November

The new issue of Policy Briefings is out, with a focus on the linkage between Housing and Transportation. To access it, go to Policy Briefing: Gambling in South Florida

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December

The new issue of Policy Briefings is out, with a focus on Long-Term Care and the demise of CLASS. To access it, go to Policy Briefing: The End of CLASS.

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