Here We Grow Again Series Part One: Regional Overview

APA Florida Chapter, Promised Lands Section


Friday, February 20, 2015
8:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. EST

Fort Myers, FL, United States

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A ULI Series: How Southwest Florida is Tackling Future Growth The good news – the economy is growing and population is on the rise. The unknown – is Southwest Florida properly positioned to accommodate the next wave of growth? Join ULI Southwest Florida FGCU and the Promised Lands APA Florida Chapter in a four part series as we evaluate the direction the region is moving to prepare for the increase in population. Each session will examine the current development patterns and how each county is positioning itself to accommodate the expected growth while maintaining a quality of life and protecting valuable resources. We invite you to participate in this in-depth review of land use issues that affect the future of our region and the balance we strive to achieve between agricultural, environmental, and economic development needs. Session 1 is a regional overview of SW Florida. The five-county SW Florida region has been growing for three decades. The region will face tremendous growth for the next five decades. Currently 1.3 million call SW Florida home. This series will explore where this growth will take place from today forward. The first session is an overview of the region from the current developed land to where the future population will be housed. Participants will hear from expert regional planners, marketing experts, real estate experts and others. A majority of the content will be related to regional planning land use, the natural environment, economic development and transportation related issues. There will be a formal presentation, discussion, and opportunities for questions, answers. The educational objective will be appropriate for AICP members as they learn new developments in regional planning and economic forecasting specific to the SW Florida region. The speakers will draw on professional experience in land use planning and and economic development in SW Florida. The content will not be basic in nature, but will be an in depth discussion about critical matters to planners and other professionals such as land use lawyers and civil engineers.

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