Structural Economic Change: Florida Communities Must Adapt or Decline

APA Florida Chapter


Thursday, September 7, 2017
2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

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This is the story of economic rebirth. Communities must - realistically and proactively – rise to the challenge and embrace structural economic shift in reaction to stagnation.  With dramatic demographic shifts in play, how are communities reinventing their economic base to bravely face loss of jobs, leakage, closures, dying agriculture, tax base erosion, or other challenges recognizing the status quo may mean demise.  Our featured planners, professors, economists and municipal redevelopment managers will survey what’s working and not- from Florida’s Capitol to urban and rural settings.  Can you achieve a makeover with new jobs from successful infill, refurbishment of distressed retail corridors, mall retrofits, new trade and logistics, arts and innovation districts, or active adult development?  Can your community attract national or international investment?


Tanya Wilson-Sejour, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Presenter: Tanya Wilson,-Sejour, AICP. Ms. Wilson-Sejour has over 17 years proven expertise in urban planning at the City, County and Regional agency level. Tanya holds a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from University of Maryland, College Park and currently serves as the City of North Miami's Community ... Read More

Stan Geberer

Confirmed Speaker

With 30 years of business experience in Florida, Stan possesses expert understanding of market conditions, demographic trends, and commercial and residential real-estate development across local Florida markets. He is a featured speaker at Urban Land Institute professional development seminars, the International Council of Shopping Center Developers, the Florida Retail Federation ... Read More

Mohammed A. Qureshi

Confirmed Speaker

Professor Qureshi joined Florida International University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in 1993. Currently, he is the Interim Assistant Dean for the School and is responsible for Facilities and School’s day to day Administration/operation and also serves as school’s liaison to South Beach Wine and ... Read More

James Anaston-Karas

Confirmed Speaker

JIM ANASTON-KARAS, Consultant. Finding Community Solutions through economic, planning, design and engineering strategies. Jim gained first-hand insights into Florida’s economic base, strengths and deficiencies through 12 years work in and around the State Legislature as staff (including to a Speaker of the House) and county lobbyist; he sits on ... Read More

Debbie Love

Confirmed Speaker

Debbie Love, AICP has 20+ years of experience in community engagement, marketing and branding, mobility and impact fee studies, capital projects planning, community visioning, comprehensive plans and more. Ms. Love has authored city-wide, strategic, neighborhood and transit-oriented redevelopment plans for urban and rural communities throughout Florida. While she has a ... Read More

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