Florida’s five ULI District Councils have been awarded a $25,000 grant to plan and execute their newest initiative Building Healthy Places. The goal of the statewide initiative is to encourage the Florida real estate industry, business and civic and community leaders to update policy and design standards to include those that promote public health.
Florida ranked 34th out of the 50 states in the 2012 America’s Healthy Rankings® report issued by the United Health Foundation. Building Healthy Places, in spite of specific walkability issues within each community and region in Florida, intends to determine where commonalities exist and develop strategies by engaging agencies that oversee public sector codes to change built requirements. The program will offer workshops led by Dr. Richard Jackson, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA. The workshops are designed to engage stakeholders in each area and merge the objectives identified into a larger statewide body of work with specific action items prioritized. The program supports the organization-wide commitment to leverage the power of the ULI’s global networks, shaping projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities.
The five Florida ULI District Councils complete local workshops, one in each district. Once the workshops are complete, plans include delivering ongoing results and continuing to develop long-term relationships with partnering agencies by establishing multi-year follow up tools. The results will also be revealed at the annual statewide ULI Florida Summit being held June 11-13 in Orlando.
Statewide Workshop Dates:
- Feb. 28, 2014 – ULI Central Florida
- March 12, 2014 – ULI SW Florida
- March 13, 2014 – ULI SE Florida
- March 26, 2014 – ULI North Florida
- March 27, 2014 – ULI Tampa Bay
- June 13, 2014 – ULI Florida Summit General Session
‘Building Healthy Places – Leveraging Concepts Into Cash’
Please contact the staff at ULI Tampa Bay for more information.