CMRI Events & Symposiums


The Center for Municipal Research & Innovation holds two research symposiums per year, one in conjunction with the League's annual conference in August and one in conjunction with the legislative conference in November. These symposiums bring together public administrators, elected officials and the academic community. Each symposium focuses on specific local government issues, and how research, statistics and trends can be used in the local government setting.

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An estimated 28,378 individuals and 43,592 families with children in Florida are homeless. Cities of all sizes share in the challenges of homelessness and have a significant role in efforts to end homelessness for their citizens. Learn about the different faces of your homeless population and the specific strategies needed to address the unique challenges facing each group.

Join us for our Summer Research Symposium as we examine innovative programs and collaborations in housing and social services used at municipal and regional levels to address the needs of various homeless populations. Flyer │ Registration Form

This research symposium is designed for city managers, community housing and development staff, and elected leaders. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness and learn about strategic approaches to ending homelessness used by the most successful communities. This event is free for League members and research partners, but pre-registration is required.

Tentative Symposium Schedule – Wednesday, August 14

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Delegate Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.
Homelessness 101
Speaker: Andrae Bailey, President and CEO, Lead Homelessness, Orlando

Topic: Identifying specific homeless populations and discussing needs and strategies for each group.

9:25 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.

9:35 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Data, Tools and Collaborations for Affordable Housing and Youth Homelessness
Speakers: Anne Ray, Manager, Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse, Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, University of Florida and Audrey Aradanas, Youth Program Manager, Miami Homes for All

Topic: The Shimberg Center will present findings from the 2019 Statewide Rental Market Study and recent research on homeless public-school students. The workshop will discuss the rising number of homeless students in Florida’s schools, particularly following natural disasters, and the academic gaps between homeless students and their peers. Miami Homes for All will discuss their response to youth homeless through the HOMY (Helping Our Miami-Dade Youth) Collective. Learn how HOMY’s partnership of 100 agencies uses data, tools and youth-friendly policies to change Miami-Dade County.

10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

10:40 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Homelessness Solutions
Speakers: Shannon Nazworth, President and CEO, Ability Housing, Jacksonville and Rick Kearney, Chairman, Mainline Information Systems, Tallahassee

Topic: Policies that work and how to fund them.

11:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Luncheon & Keynote Speaker: Buddy Dyer, Mayor, City of Orlando (invited)
Topic: Understanding the real solutions that brought Orlando from one of the worst in the U.S. to one of the highest performing homelessness programs, reducing homelessness by 60%.

The symposium is a free event for League members and research partners, but pre-registration is required. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The symposium will be held from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the World Center Marriott in Orlando. The registration deadline is Wednesday, August 7. If you register but do not attend, you will be invoiced a $45 no-show fee. Cancellations must be received by Thursday, August 8, to avoid the no-show fee. Registration transfers are accepted. Space is limited, register today!

Note: The symposium is held in conjunction with the League's Annual Conference but is a separate event and requires a separate registration.

Presentations from previous symposiums are available to the right.



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