Florida has undergone a tremendous transformation. For over fifty years Florida was synonymous with speculation, get-rich schemes, spring break and retirees. Today, the third most populous state in the nation is known for innovation, international trade, and cultural arts. While Florida continues to parlay its geographical location at the crossroads of several important trade corridors in an increasingly global economy, our state’s successful growth will depend on how well we meet changing demands for employment, housing, transportation, energy, food, health, and other societal needs.
Southeast Florida is often the living laboratory for planning, policy and development efforts before state-wide application. The communities that make-up the Southeast region are microcosms of the rest of the state; a combination of highly urban, rural, untouched environmental areas and suburban. The area is also known for its ethnic and racial diversity as evidenced in the languages spoken and the various cuisines available. The region is home to acclaimed restaurants, cultural institutions, impressive skylines, historic architecture and environmental wonders that exemplify our state’s evolution.
This year’s conference will explore why Florida remains a worthwhile bet and ensure planning professionals are equipped to handle emerging and future trends. Guest speakers will inspire attendees to be more thoughtful and deliberate about why, who, and how we plan. Conference sessions will address the ways technology is being used to improve services and overall quality of life; how our planning landscapes are being reinvented, and how we can create communities of choice, opportunity and prosperity. Workshops will provide valuable skills for transformation. Mobile tours will serve as “living” case studies. Receptions are a perfect opportunity to reflect on all learned, share insights with peers, and discuss Florida’s future.
Host Committee Co-Chairs
Rosana Cordova, Cordova Rodriguez & Assoc., Inc.
Karen D. Hamilton, South Florida Regional Planning Council
Program Committee Co-Chairs
Lisa Colmenares, Florida Department Of Transportation, District 6
Maribel Feliciano, Broward County Planning & Redevelopment Division
Mobile Tour Co-Chairs
Jerry Bell, Bell David Planning Group
Robert Modys, Johnson Engineering
Thomas Rodrigues, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Food and Reception Co-Chairs
Alex David, Bell David Planning Group
Kimberly Stefanski, Hollywood CRA
Emerging Professionals Co-Chairs
Nicole Estevez, Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University
Josette Severyn, Tindale Oliver
Sponsorship & Marketing Co-Chairs
Nicole Estevez, Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions at FAU
Mirtha Gonzalez, City of Hialeah Gardens
Thuy Turner, Broward County Planning & Redevelopment
Professional Development Officers
Maeve Desmond, Akerman LLP.
Marilyn Mammano, Florida Atlantic University
Local Section Chairs
Silvia Vargas, WRT Design – Gold Coast
Thuy Turner, Broward County – Broward
Shekeria Brown, South Florida Community Development Coalition
Michele Gonzalez, FDOT 6
Sara Forelle, Broward County Planning & Redevelopment