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FAU to Host a Conference on Formation of a Comprehensive Regional Planning Organization in South Florida

Tribute to the Late John M. DeGrove Also to Take Place

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (May 3, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University's School of Urban & Regional Planning within the College for Design and Social Inquiry, in partnership with the John M. DeGrove Eminent Scholar Chair in Growth Management and Development, will host "The South Florida Index: Launching a Guide for Sustainable Regional Success" on Tuesday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the FAU Higher Education Complex, 111 East Las Olas Blvd., 11th floor, Fort Lauderdale campus.

Major metropolitan regions across the globe have recognized that thinking, planning and cooperating on a regional scale is necessary to successfully and sustainably compete in the globalized world of the 21st century.  But South Florida has remained fragmented, without a single, impartial voice to guide the region towards sustainable success.  As the conclusive response to "Rethinking Planning in Florida," the 2011-12 lecture series by FAU's School of Urban & Regional Planning and John M. DeGrove Eminent Scholar, the conference will bring together leaders from South Florida's public and private sectors, as well as from successful regional planning organizations from across the U.S., to discuss South Florida's path to establishing a single, impartial, and effective regional planning organization.  Randy Blankenhorn, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, will deliver the keynote address, discussing the path taken recently by the Chicago metropolitan region and what he recommends for South Florida.

In addition, a tribute to the late John M. DeGrove, the leading figure in growth management in Florida and founder and executive director of the FAU/FIU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems, will include a critical discussion on the past success and present-day possibilities of the Joint Center, featuring a panel of his former colleagues and students.

The conference then will conclude with the official launching of the South Florida Index, a regional research initiative of FAU's School of Urban & Regional Planning, marking the first step toward establishing comprehensive and impartial regional planning leadership in South Florida.

The conference is free and open to the public, however space is limited.  Pre-registration is required.  To pre-register, please visit or contact Dan Morris at  


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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