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The South Florida Regional Resource Center (SFRRC) is a four-member partnership designed to assist neighborhood, city, county, and civic organizations with local needs and educate those organization about the importance of collaboration to achieve regional objectives with local importance. The SFRRC “partners” include the Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions (CUES) at Florida Atlantic University, the Collins Center for Public Policy, and the South Florida and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Councils.

The SFRRC operates with major funding from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
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The Southeast Florida Region
The Southeast Florida Region includes roughly 7,800 square miles (just less than 15% of the State of Florida) amongst seven counties: Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe. While the Region represents roughly 15% of the State’s total area, it contains just over one-third of Florida’s total population, denoting its growing urban character. In the past decade, the regional population increased by roughly 23%, nearing six million according to the 2004 population estimate. The urbanized corridor of the core counties (the metropolitan statistical area” or MSA) emerged as the nation’s sixth largest metropolitan area in 2003.

Overall, the majority of population growth within Southeast Florida is attributed to the influx of immigrants from other Florida counties. As a result, the region continues to become more multi-cultural and diverse. Nearly one-third (32%) of its residents are Hispanic; almost one-fifth (17%) are black; and whites represent just under half (47%) of the Region.

The Economy
The economy of the Southeast Florida Region is significantly a product of its distinctive geography, climate, and population diversity. Over the decade of the 1990s, the Region’s economy has been shifting away from its traditional dependence on tourism and agriculture, becoming increasingly diversified in services related to trade, business, and health care. Although this shift is generating higher wage jobs, neither job growth nor overall wage growth is keeping pace with population growth.

Southeast Florida contains the state’s busiest airports and seaports. Half of Florida’s airline passengers and 65% of all merchandise trade in the state are accommodated in the Southeast Region. International trade is a key factor to the success of the region, especially as Florida is the primary trading partner for all of the Latin American and Caribbean nations.

The South Florida Regional Resource Center (SFRRC)
The SFRRC maintains goals related to three categories: People, Place, and Economy. Each of these goals is listed below.

People
Goal 1 – Increase employment opportunities and support the creation of jobs with better pay and benefits for the Region’s workforce.

Goal 2 – Create a regional environment that is aware of and sensitive to cultural diversity, and that provides opportunities for all to become successful regional citizens.

Place
Goal 1 – Achieve long-term efficient and sustainable development patterns that protect natural resources and connect diverse housing, transportation, education, and employment opportunities.

Goal 2 – Encourage and support the implementation of development proposals that conserve the Region’s natural resources, rural and agricultural lands, green infrastructure and:

- utilizes existing and planned infrastructure where most appropriate in urban areas;
- enhances the utilization of regional transportation systems;
- incorporates mixed-land use developments;
- recycles existing developed sites; and
- provides for the preservation of historic sites.

Goal 3 – Enhance the economic and environmental sustainability of the Region by ensuring the adequacy of its public facilities and services.

Goal 4 – Enhance the Region’s mobility, efficiency, safety, quality of life, and economic health through improvements to road, port, and public transportation infrastructure.

Economy

Goal 1 – Enhance regional cooperation, multi-jurisdictional coordination, and multi-issue regional planning to ensure the balancing of competing needs and long-term sustainability of our natural, developed, and human resources.

Goal 2 – Maintain a competitive, diversified, and sustainable regional economy.