bar graph of median household incomes in Miami-Dade
U.S. Census Bureau and the FIU Metropolitan Center / WLRN

How to raise wealth in poor areas? That’s a question a group of representatives from Miami-Dade County, Citibank's Community Development unit and Florida International University researchers tried to answer during a meeting Monday at the Miami Herald editorial board.

The team came up with five solutions under a two-year pilot program called "The Prosperity Initiative".


FIU Metropolitan Center

  Poverty is up in Miami-Dade County and wages are about the same as they were back in 2010 when adjusted for inflation.

Those are just a few of the findings of a new comprehensive study of prosperity in the county coming out Wednesday from the Florida International University Metropolitan Center that paints a picture of the region that in many ways looks worse than during the height of the last recession.

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10/23/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  She chairs the Democratic National Committee. She’s served in the U.S. House nine years and has written FOR THE NEXT GENERATION:  A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation’s ProblemsWasserman Schultz’s district covers portions of Broward and Miami-Dade, including Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach. She’s the mother of three, and is a breast cancer survivor. Tune in for Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm on WLRN.

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