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Third year PhD student, Kaila Witkowski, was recently honored with the Scholarship for Public Administration, Public Policy and Public Affairs to attend the the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Throughout the summer, Kaila attended this internationally recognized, rigorous training program in statistical techniques, research methodologies and data analysis.

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“Miami has a small but important cluster of advanced manufacturers with significant value to the economy,” said Maria Ilcheva, assistant director of planning and operations at the Pérez Met Center and lead author of the report. “They help diversify Miami’s economic landscape and their continued growth is essential for boosting the county’s and region’s economic resilience.”

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After decades of decline, manufacturing employment in Miami-Dade County is showing signs of a comeback, increasing 14.5 percent from 35,738 workers in 2012 to more than 40,800 in 2017, according to a new report from FIU. Sustaining the trend will be a challenge, however, as nearly one-third of local manufacturers said they have considered relocating out of the county.

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“This is a great collaboration that melds science, technology and public policy,” said Howard Frank, director of the Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center, which will house the training program. “It combines the technological side of cybersecurity with the human and organizational side of the enterprise, through public policy and administration.”

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"Creating these types of high-paying jobs has an impact on the individual and on the community," said FIU Metropolitan Center's Maria Ilcheva. "On the other hand, the multiplier effect shows us that people aren't just getting higher wages but it also adds more value to all sectors of the economy. More money is generated that circulates throughout the economy."

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"The Metropolitan center was very important. I kept looking at the studies coming out concerning our sustainability, housing affordability and urban issues that were very important to me in particular and to Related as a company."

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“[Broward leaders] are well aware of the state of their economy, and are concerned that if they don’t provide for their workers, it’s going to negatively impact them,” Murray said in an interview.

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And the problem is likely to get worse. Far worse, according to Ned Murray, associate director of Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center. “Employment projection for 2018-2026 from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity shows an increase in 144,493 jobs, most of them in low-wage employment,” Murray said. “This would result in an additional demand of an estimated 40,000 low-income renters over the next eight years.”

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Florida International University’s (FIU) Metropolitan Center recently announced a $1 million endowment gift from the Related Philanthropic Foundation.

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FIU Metropolitan Center received a $1 million endowment gift from the Related Philanthropic Foundation. The gift will help bolster the center’s world-renowned applied research and job-training initiatives, as well as its ongoing efforts to provide policy solutions to organizations throughout South Florida. In recognition of this generous donation, which will support FIU’s Next Horizon campaign, the university will rename the center as The Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center.

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