The Florida Priorities Summit features the state’s most inspirational and influential voices, discussing fresh ideas and new solutions to the most pressing issues facing Florida today.
The recommendations Tuesday cap the six-lecture series that began in September and was hosted by the chamber, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and SRQ Media.
The series has featured prominent planners and traffic engineers offering their varying perspectives — at times even conflicting — on what issues are most pressing for the area’s transportation needs and what solutions might be most practical or long-lasting.
Rapid, unplanned urbanization is becoming a serious threat across the world, because it puts major stress on critical infrastructure such as water and sewer lines. Building on his team's success in India, Daniel Yeh, PhD, associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida College of Engineering, is the principal investigator of a two-year, $1.14 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to install a new and improved version of his NEWgenerator in Durban, South Africa.
Fastrack Institute, an organization dedicated to helping cities revamp infrastructure and modernize, will launch a 16-week program to address mobility in Miami-Dade County, thanks to a $500,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority and local real estate developer and investor Armando Codina. With the funding, Fastrack will develop a series of public workshops to gather community feedback and ideas to explore solutions to traffic.