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January

"A groundbreaking research-based community action plan that identifies specific wealth-building strategies to improve economic opportunity and self-sufficiency."

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FIU Metropolitan Center's Dr. Maria Ilcheva and Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava on NPR's Topical Currents show discussing the results of the First Status of Women in Miami-Dade County report.

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February

"The event followed a Miami Herald series detailing the negative economic impacts of high housing costs and potential solutions" with Dr. Ned Murray, co-director of the FIU Metropolitan Center as a featured speaker.

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"A 2016 report by the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women shows persistent gaps among men and women in the county."

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March

Another report published by FIU last week found that Miami-Dade logged the second fastest-growing rate of international migration in the United States — up 397 percent since 2010 — at a time when its domestic migration shrunk considerably.

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"Today, far more people are moving out of South Florida than moving in from other parts of the country, and by margins that are growing every year, the analysis shows."

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April

"Miami is unique in North America," said Kevin Greiner, senior fellow at FIU's Metropolitan Center where he studies the regional housing market. "Only two other cities -- Los Angeles and New York -- enjoy the same international profile. Miami is still a desirable place to live."

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May

“This is the most serious public policy issue we are dealing with here in South Florida along with rising sea levels,” said Edward “Ned” Murray, associate director of the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University.

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More than 500 government officials, lenders and builders packed a ballroom at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Wednesday to come up with ideas on how to address a lack of affordable housing they say is hurting employee recruitment efforts and driving younger people to less expensive locations.

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Doral was the fastest-growing large city in Florida during the current decade and eleventh-fastest in the nation in the period, according to new US Census data analyzed by the FIU Metropolitan Center.

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FIU Metropolitan Center's Ralph Rosado discussing the Population Growth infographic highlighting the South Florida fastest-growing cities.

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Recently released population estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that many South Florida cities are among the fastest growing in the state.

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"The gap between wages and rent puts Miami-Dade “at crisis proportions,” said Ned Murray, associate director at the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University."

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"People are generally much more aware of it (gentrification) now than they were even a couple more years ago," said Ned Murray, who studies affordable housing as associate director of the Metropolitan Center, also at FIU. "Especially if you're a homebuyer, you're aware of it now.

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"Climate change may now be a part of the gentrification story in Miami real estate"

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June

“'Millennials were 20.7% of the population in 2010 and have remained the same proportion of the population, which means that they are not ‘flocking’ to Miami-Dade County any more than other age groups are,” said Maria Ilcheva'".

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Former Senior Research Fellow at The Metropolitan Center. His wake is on Friday, June 15th 2017, at 6 pm at John Martin's Irish Pub.

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The FIU team, including Metropolitan Center fellow, Hai (David) Guo, Associate Director of The Metropolitan Center, Howard Frank, and two graduate students, have been awarded a second grant from the Volcker Alliance tp continue their State Budget research.

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"Workforce housing is critical, and to continue economic expansion, we have to retain workers,” said Edward “Ned” Murray, associate director of the Florida International University Metropolitan Center".

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Most Florida counties have not recovered from the recession. President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce confirms the findings of FIU Metropolitan Center research.

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July

“Doral grew significantly,” said Dr. Maria Ilcheva, a researcher from Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center. “We looked at the period from 2010 to 2016, and over that time frame, it grew by about 12,000 peoplE"

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August

“From a public policy standpoint, what is most interesting is that especially in Miami-Dade County, the Gig Economy, self-employment, nonemployer firms – it is all really critical to this economy,” said Greiner."

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"Affluent suburbs at its north end that incorporated after Andrew, like Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, boast some of the highest median household incomes in Miami-Dade, at $128,966 and $106,324, respectively. Florida City ($25,840), Naranja ($29,149) and Goulds ($29,333) have some of the lowest, said FIU Metropolitan Center associate director Ned Murray."

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"If Miami annexed several unincorporated areas, including Blue Lagoon, Melrose and Brownsville, it would take a financial hit, a study says."

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September

“Every year we have a hurricane, there’s a spike in awareness and preparedness,” says Dr. Maria Ilcheva of FIU Metropolitan Center. “But a couple of years later that spike disappears. It’s very dangerous"

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FIU Met Center's Associate Director, Dr. Ned Murray, on NPR's Topical Currents discussing South Florida’s affordable housing woes.

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"Maria Ilcheva, a senior researcher at the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University, said her surveys revealed that a declining number of homeowners in Tampa have been purchasing flood insurance over the past five years because the area hasn’t been hit by a major hurricane in most people’s lifetimes."

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A hurricane like Irma “is something we have been fearing for a long time,” said Ned Murray, associate director of the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University.

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October

"The city administration commissioned the economic impact study from Florida International University to forecast what would happen if voters approve a referendum shortening the hours of alcohol sales for outdoor venues on Ocean Drive."

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"Miami Beach officials released the results of a study that directly contradict an earlier study conducted by the restaurant industry."

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"It addresses what I think is the region’s most pressing economic development issue, which is creating high wage, high skilled jobs — that would do it,” said Kevin Greiner, a senior fellow at the Florida International University Metropolitan Center."

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Miami Beach has contracted experts from Florida International University to conduct its own economic impact analysis.

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November

"An economic analysis compiled for the Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau by Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center in October 2016 showed that in 40 of the state’s 67 counties there were fewer people working in 2015 than were working in 2007."

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Ned Murray, a Florida International University professor studying South Florida’s real estate market, said he suspects many buyers will be willing to move to this now out-of-the-way locale.

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