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January

Forum brings together top industry pros, advocates to find answers.

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February

"Researchers at Florida International University crunched the numbers on South Florida’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters. The conclusion: South Florida compares unfavorably to the other 19 finalists."

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"South Florida ranks low among the 20 finalists still in the running to snare Amazon.com's second headquarters, according to a new analysis by economics researchers at Florida International University."

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March

“When you look at teacher salaries, it’s just impossible for them to get into the housing market,” said Ned Murray, associate director of Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center, which studies the gap between income and housing in Miami. Using school property to create housing for the school system’s workforce “is a good idea, because land is such a difficult piece of the puzzle.”

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International migration slowed in South Florida for the first time this decade.

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April

"Homebuyers in South Florida get turned down for mortgages at a higher rate than most other metropolitan areas in the U.S., a new study shows."

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"Spending more than 30 percent of household income on rents or mortgages is considered too much. By that standard, Broward County’s median home price of about $340,000 in December was unaffordable to 80 percent of Broward’s households, according to Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center."

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May

"Mucha gente que trabaja en el downtown se ha visto obligada a mudarse a Kendall y Homestead", dijo el Dr. Ned Murray, director adjunto del Centro Metropolitano de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida.

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Maria Ilcheva is a senior researcher at the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University. According to a recent report from the center, “A growing number of Miami-Dade residents are experiencing declining economic opportunity, mobility, and equity.”

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"FIU team said Wellington’s unique, small business-based economy helps it stand out. “You’ve already got this story to tell to businesses, to employers and to prospective new residents,” said Kevin Greiner, research fellow with FIU’s Metropolitan Center. “… ‘We’ve got a quality of life that the brand new construction can’t compete with.’”

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"Es la ciudad donde más personas trabajan independientemente. ¿Qué sale de sumar esas dos cosas? Salarios bajos y una clase media que se reduce, según un nuevo estudio de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida (FIU) sobre la economía de Miami-Dade."

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"Of six comparison counties studied, Miami-Dade had the highest percentage of microbusinesses, representing 81.3 percent of all businesses in the county."

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"The No. 1 city for startups. The city with the most people working for themselves. What does it add up to? Low wages and a shrinking middle class, according to a new Florida International University study on the Miami-Dade County economy. Businesses five years or younger now account for 18 percent of total employment in the county, according to the school's Metropolitan Center."

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"It’s that family-friendly aspect combined with a unique, thriving local economy that keeps Wellington in the game when it comes to attracting residents, a team of Florida International University researchers told the village council and staff at a May 4 workshop."

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"A new calculation shows that the median household income in Miami-Dade has actually decreased over the past five decades—to $45,900 in 2016 from $49,800 in 1970. That's according to Alan Berube, senior fellow and deputy director at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. Berube is keynote speaker at today's Annual Metro Forum: State of the South Florida Economy presentation at the FIU Metropolitan Center."

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"According to Kevin Greiner, senior fellow at the Florida International University Metropolitan Center, this workforce dominates here because there are fewer large corporations in Miami than in other metros. South Florida also tends to draw highly skilled immigrants who create their own businesses."

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June

An analysis of housing and census data by the FIU Metropolitan Center found that 85 percent of Miami-Dade residents earning the median household income of $44,000 can't afford to buy a home.

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“A lot of people who work in downtown have been forced to move out into Kendall and Homestead,” said Dr. Ned Murray, associate director of the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University. “Miami-Dade is the proverbial tale of two cities. The growth of downtown has no effect on the lack of public transit, the high cost of transportation and the housing index for people in Kendall and Doral and Homestead. There’s no progress there."

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A list of FIU hurricane experts with contact information.

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August

The Miami City Commission recently approved a resolution establishing collaboration between the city and Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center to work on the preparation of the city’s Affordable Housing Master Plan. The move allows the FIU center to collaborate with the city’s Department of Community and Economic Development on the housing plan.

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Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center launched a survey to Palm Beach County residents asking where they want their money to go to improve transportation.

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September

This fall, the City of Miami and the Florida International University Metropolitan Center will begin work on the much anticipated Affordable Housing Master Plan for the City, following an agreement signed earlier this year.

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Dr. Ned Murray, associate director of the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University, said Little Haiti has a poverty rate of 46 percent (higher than the City of Miami’s 30 percent) and an unemployment rate of 23 percent. An estimated 63 percent of renters in the neighborhood are cost-burdened, meaning they spend 30 percent or more of their income on housing. Magic City has the potential to push rents even higher, forcing working-class residents to who-knows-where.

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Ned Murray, associate director of the Florida International University Metropolitan center, discussed real-estate insights on a panel hosted by the Miami Herald.

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October

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In Little River, progress comes with a cost. Developers are looking at Miami's Little River Neighborhood and seeing the future: it is pricey. Dr. Ned Murray states that the catalyst for development in the Little River area came from Wynwood's rezoning in 2003.

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November

The International Visitor Leadership Program led by the U.S. Department of State recently held a workshop at FIU Metropolitan Center on November 1, 2018.  The group was comprised of representatives from 19 African countries who attended a "Transparency and Ethics in Government" workshop led by Mayor Shirley Gibson. The attendees presented Mayor Gibson with a special recognition.

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With Inter Miami CF coming to town, it is time to brush up on your soccer knowledge! View our latest infographic with MLS stats and the list of proposed plans Inter Miami CF intends to bring to our community.

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