Come and learn about the new Public Space Challenge and how it is a part of the Our Miami initiative, which is shaping Miamiâ€™s future by working to retain young talent in Miami.
RSVP by July 30 at miamifoundation.org/ourmiamirsvp and receive a complimentary cocktail and entry.
The Miami Foundation will host up-and-coming young talent, local change-agents and engaged Miamians at their kickoff event for two new projects: the Public Space Challenge and a talent retention project. The reception will take place on Wednesday, July 31, 6 â€“ 8 p.m. at The Stage Miami, located in the heart of the Design District at 170 NE 38th Street Miami, FL 33137. Entry is complimentary with RSVP and open to the public. Attendees may RSVP at miamifoundation.org/ourmiamirsvp and connect with other attendees on Facebook.
Both programs are part of the Foundationâ€™s Our Miami initiative, which fosters community by building attachment to the city, developing public spaces and retaining young talent in Miami.
â€œOur Miami uses research from our Soul of the Community Study that clearly shows attracting and retaining young, talented and creative people in Greater Miami will grow the economy faster than other more traditional measures of economic development,â€ said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. â€œThe initiativeâ€™s programs are excellent opportunities for anyone who is passionate about building a greater Miami and want to get involved in making it happen.â€
The Miami Foundation developed a county-wide challenge to uncover the best ideas for creating and improving local public spaces: parks, libraries, public buildings, markets, plazas, playgrounds or any place where people can convene and connect. Ideas can be submitted from anyone, including individuals, groups, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations. Community experts and professional placemakers will identify the top ideas; The Miami Foundation will invest $100,000 to make the ideas become reality.
In addition to the Public Space Challenge, the foundation will also launch a talent retention project and Web survey. The online tool measures an individualâ€™s â€œattachmentâ€ to Greater Miami and provides the participant suggestions about how to become more engaged where they live. Results will be made available to community stakeholders to help guide talent retention efforts. The tool is based on research from a Georgetown University study and has been instrumental in reducing year-over-year employee turnover at Fortune 50 companies.
â€œMiami has the eighth-highest percentage of college students per capita in the U.S. and one of the highest flight rates of those students once they graduate,â€ continued Soto. â€œIt is incumbent on us to develop, attract and retain the best and brightest here in Miami â€“ our future depends on it.â€
About The Miami Foundation: Established in 1967, The Miami Foundation has helped hundreds of people create powerful legacies by establishing custom, charitable Funds. More than $150 million in grants and scholarships has been awarded in the Foundationâ€™s history. Today, the Foundation stewards more than $160 million in charitable assets. Through its Our Miami initiative, the Foundation positions Miami as a premier place for young talent to live, work, connect and engage. Visit miamifoundation.org and ourmiami.org for more information.Thank you for using Soul Of Miami!