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Below are links to studies and publications that have been created through the myregion.org effort. The documents provide data and information about where the region has been, where it is today and how the region can build future global competitiveness while also ensuring a high standard quality of life.  Documents are available in pdf format.  Download Adobe Acrobat Reader by clicking here.

The New Regional Agenda - myregion.org Sourcebook 
Completed in 2003, the Regional Agenda was the first publication developed by myregion.org. It continues to serve as the playbook for working together on regional collaboration in Central Florida. The result of three years of community engagement in which more than 3,000 citizens from across the seven counties provided input, it marked the first time ever that these counties and our citizens worked together to build a regional framework. The document identified six regional priorities and 10 regional resolves designed to create a better future and build the kind of community in which we will want to live, learn, work and play.
 
Jul 2003    myregion.org Sourcebook - 2.61MB
  Central Florida Regional Indicators Report
Developed in 2005 to establish a baseline from which future progress in the six priority areas established by myregion.org could be measured, the Regional Indicators Report helped quantify Central Florida’s progress toward or away from "sustainability".
Apr 2005     Introduction
Apr 2005     Economic Leadership
Apr 2005     Education
Apr 2005     Environment
Apr 2005     Quality of Life
Apr 2005     Smart Quality Growth
Apr 2005     Next Steps
  The Hispanic Impact Study
Created in conjunction with Regional Hispanic Summits held in Central Florida from 2005-2007, the Hispanic Impact Study Executive Summary presents the findings of an analysis of the Hispanic populations in Central Florida; their contributions to the local economy and how these contributions are expected to change in the near future.
 
Mar 2005     2005 Regional Opinion Poll - 220KB
Mar 2005     Puerto Ricans in Central Florida - 260KB
Mar 2005     Economic Contributions to Region - 602KB
Mar 2006     Central Florida Regional Leadership Survey - 1.76MB
Mar 2006     Hispanic Communities of Central Florida: Economic Contributions to the Region - 731KB
Jun 2007      Central Florida Regional Leadership Survey - 673KB
Jun 2007      Exploring the Education Profile and Pipeline for Puerto Ricans and Hispanics in Central Florida - 120K
  Naturally Central Florida: Fitting the Pieces Together
Completed in 2005, Naturally Central Florida: Fitting the Pieces Together was published as part of a regional effort to protect and sustain the exceptional ecosystems of Central Florida. Seven “jewels of our natural world” in Central Florida are identified and showcased. These are “must save” places with regional, national, (and in some cases) global ecological and economic value that benefit Florida and the Nation.
 
Aug 2005     Contributors - 196KB
Aug 2005     Introduction - 532KB
Aug 2005     Greater Kissimmee Prairie - 204KB
Aug 2005     Green Swamp - 180KB
Aug 2005     Indian River Lagoon - 140KB
Aug 2005     Lake Wales Ridge - 184KB
Aug 2005     St. Johns - 144KB
Aug 2005     Volusia Corridor - 192KB
Aug 2005     Wekiva-Ocala Greenway - 256KB
  The ULI Florida Initiative on Regional Cooperation
In 2004-2005 the ULI Florida Statewide Committee, a broad cross section of leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors, developed a series of recommendations related to regional cooperation. The Committee’s recommendations, based on fact-finding, research and careful listening across the state, recognized the importance for regional approaches and solutions to ensure quality of life and success in the global economy.
 
June 2005    Building Florida's Future:
                   State Strategies for Regional Cooperation - 460KB
June 2005    State Strategies... - Executive Summary 620KB
  PennDesign Central Florida
Recognizing that the population of Central Florida was growing at a rate far above the national average, renowned planner Jonathan Barnett and a team of graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania conducted an in-depth study of the region during the spring of 2005. After analyzing the growth patterns, the students created a trend model that reflected what the region could look like in 2050 if current trends continue. They then met with leaders throughout the region and crafted an alternative scenario that provided a roadmap of what the future could look like if different choices were made. The information from the trend scenario was used as baseline data during the “How Shall We Grow?” regional initiative.

May 2005   PennDesign Central Florida:Our Region in 2050 - 168MB
  Central Florida Values Study
When it comes to the issue of growth, what is it about their current quality of life that the citizens of Central Florida value the most? During the spring and summer of 2005, Harris Interactive, an internationally recognized strategic research organization, conducted a study of the seven counties of Central Florida for myregion.org that identified the shared, core values that Floridians associate with quality of life, growth, and development of their ideal community. The study explored attitudinal differences among key stakeholder groups such as citizens, business leaders, and local political and regulatory personnel. The results from this study were provided to participants as part of the educational component of the “How Shall We Grow?” regional initiative.
 
July 2005    Envision the Future - 1.66MB
  The Ties That Bind – Central Florida Social Capital Survey
Social Capital is a way of conceptualizing and measuring how connected people are to one another. Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone: Collapse and Revival of the American Community argues that civic and social ties in American society have weakened over the past several generations. The Central Florida Social Capital Survey was conducted in the fall of 2005 by the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences. It provides significant information about how the residents of Central Florida define community and interact with neighbors and co-workers.

Dec 2005       The Central Florida Social Capital Survey:
  Marginal Results – Total Survey - 272 KB
  Marginal Results – County by County - 496 KB
  Basic Crosstabs and Correlations - 1.14 MB
  Snapshot of Respondents - 196 KB
  Social Capital PowerPoint Presentation - 1.00 MB
  Demographic Changes in Central Florida and
Their Implications for Regional Transportation Planning    
During the spring of 2006, METROPLAN ORLANDO commissioned a study to gain a better understanding of what demographic changes our region would be facing in the future. The study concluded that amidst a myriad of potential demographic changes, two stood out: the increasing proportion of elderly in the nation, state, and region; and the rapidly increasing Latino population. It also concluded that these demographic shifts would spawn additional changes, many with significant implications for the regional transportation system.

March 2006  Who Will We Be in the Year 2050?
                   Demographic Changes in Central Florida and
                   Their Implications for Regional Transportation Planning
  Demographics and Social Services White Paper                      
As part of the myregion.org Phase II focus on identifying opportunities to support the regional priorities, a committee of regional leaders was formed to address the issues of Demographics and Social Services. The group of professionals and volunteer leaders spent a year analyzing the key issues facing the region and in the summer of 2006 produced a White Paper that offered a number of recommendations for how the region could best support current efforts and identify additional opportunities in the future.

August 2006   Central Florida's Quality of Life
                     Demographics and Social Services White Paper
  "How Shall We Grow?" Mid Project Report                             
The 18-month “How Shall We Grow?” Regional Initiative began with a series of 30 community meetings held between May and September 2006. Following completion of these initial meetings, a Mid-Project Report was published to provide an update on what had been learned through the initial rounds of community engagement. The results were incorporated into the development of four regional scenarios, which were ultimately used to create the final regional vision and policy framework.

October 2006   Executive Summary of Mid Project Report
                       Mid Project Report (full)
  "How Shall We Grow?" WMFE Television Series                        
As part of the 18-month “How Shall We Grow?” Initiative, WMFE Television aired a series of five original television programs from January 22-26, 2007. This launched a 20-day community campaign during which more than 7,000 residents completed an online survey providing feedback on our future growth. The three dvd set is available for schools or community groups interested in learning more about the growth issues facing Central Florida.

Click to order: How Shall We Grow? WMFE Television Series DVDs
 

Smart Growth in a Changing World                                    
Written by respected planner and urban designer Jonathan Barnett in 2007, this book documents the United States' hidden crisis and shows how balanced transportation and natural resources preservation can make new urban development sustainable, as well as more efficient and more equitable. Jonathan Barnett's extensive work focuses on future population growth and cites PennDesign Central Florida, of which myregion.org was a partner, as a best practice for growth planning.

Click to order: Smart Growth in a Changing World

  Arts and Economic Prosperity III                                      
Looking to quantify the economic impact that Arts and Cultural Organizations can have on a community, in 2006 and 2007 organizations from across the seven county Central Florida participated in Arts and Economic Prosperity III - The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in the Central Florida Region

The study illustrated that communities that invest in the arts reap the additional benefit of jobs, economic growth, and a quality of life that positions those communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.

June 2007   Arts and Economic Prosperity III
  "How Shall We Grow?" A Shared Vision for Central Florida
Between March 2006 and August 2007, nearly 20,000 Central Florida residents answered the question “How Shall We Grow?” through a series of community meetings, presentations and surveys. The result was the publication of the Central Florida Regional Growth Vision in August 2007.
 
Created to help our region continue to be a great place to live, learn, work and play, this shared vision provided a road map for how communities can use a series of regional themes and principles to develop policies that will help them grow in a manner consistent with the desires of citizens and elected officials from across the region.

Aug 2007    A Shared Vision for Central Florida - 11.65 MB
  "How Shall We Grow?" A Shared Vision for Central Florida
2009 Supplement
Aug 2009 - Supplement - 3.1 MB
  Central Florida Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
What are the economic priorities for the region and what needs to be our primary areas of focus in the short and long-term future? Those key questions were answered through the development of the Central Florida Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) in September 2007. The strategy was completed to allow communities from across the region apply for grants from the United States Department of Commerce. These federal grants are designed to help enhance infrastructure and economic prosperity within regions.

Sept 2007  Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
  Strategies for Sustainable Growth:
The Transportation/Land Use Intersection 
Completed in 2003, the Regional Agenda was the first publication developed by myregion.org. It continues to serve as the playbook for working together on regional collaboration in Central Florida. The result of three years of community engagement in which more than 3,000 citizens from across the seven counties provided input, it marked the first time ever that these counties and our citizens worked together to build a regional framework. The document identified six regional priorities and 10 regional resolves designed to create a better future and build the kind of community in which we will want to live, learn, work and play.
 
April 17, 2009  Strategies for Sustainable Growth - 580KB
 

Where in the World are We?
2009 Progress Report for the Central Florida Region
After nearly a decade of regional collaboration, has Central Florida advanced as a region?  Are we better able to compete in a global economy and provide a high quality for residents? Where in the World are We? - 2009 Progress Report for the Central Florida Region provides in-depth analysis of how the region has progressed during the last decade in the areas of Economic Leadership, Education, Environment, Quality of Life, Smart, Quality, Growth and Regional Resolves and Cooperation.
The report also quantifies the progress being made on key regional indicators and compares it to other state, national and international comparable regions; examining the gaps where regional collaboration might exist and identifying the challenges that we must continue to address.

May, 2009  Where in the World Are We? - 688KB

You can also download all the data and regional indicators used to develop the report.

You may purchase a printed copy of the report for $15 plus shipping and handling. To order, simply go to www.orlando.org, and click on Chamber Store.

  What Are We Doing?
Advancing the Central Florida Growth Vision
The complete report is available to download here.
  The United States Conference of Mayors
The Economic Impacts of High-Speed Rail on Cities and Their Metropolitan Areas
2010     Click here to download the publication.
 

CFGC

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