Miami Foundation report provides glimpse of key issues affecting quality of life

My Miami Story initiative encourages residents to share experiences

By Mayte Padron - Community Relations Director
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The Miami Foundation released its 2016 report providing a data-focused snapshot of greater Miami's key issues affecting quality of life and offering a platform to drive effective solutions addressing these issues.

MIAMI - The Miami Foundation, an organization at the cusp of its 50th anniversary serving the greater Miami area, released its 2016 Our Miami Report. The biennial report provides a data-focused snapshot of greater Miami's key issues affecting quality of life and offers a platform to drive effective solutions addressing these issues.

Among the findings:

·         Miami-Dade is creating jobs at a faster rate than most larger U.S. cities. However, Miami-Dade County's median household income of about $44,000 remains less than comparable U.S. cities.

·         Civic engagement, volunteerism and charitable giving fall well below other benchmark cities, but Miami-Dade County residents vote at a higher percentage than the national average.

"The findings in the 2016 report show that as greater Miami surges forward, we must ensure all residents equitably benefit from our progress," said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. "The report's bright spots show where we've achieve this equity, but it also helps us understand the opportunities to do better."

As a complement to the report, The Miami Foundation on Tuesday launched My Miami Story conversations. It's a new initiative inviting residents across Miami-Dade County to talk in intimate settings about their experiences living in greater Miami and how these experiences impact their personal lives.

More than 125 hosts signed up to host My Miami Story conversations. Anyone can host a future gathering.

For more information and to sign up, Miami-Dade County residents may visit mymiamistory.org.

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