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The Miami Herald to Convene Second Annual Florida Priorities Summit

State’s critical issues -- education, environment, economy, healthcare, housing, traffic and transportation -- to be explored by policy experts, state leaders and voters

 MIAMI, November 18, 2019 -- The Miami Herald will host its second Florida Priorities Summit Tuesday, November 19 at the University of Miami, providing an opportunity for voters to engage with numerous policy experts and leaders who participated in the Herald’s 2019 Influencer Series.

The Florida Priorities Summit will bring together Floridians ready to discuss and committed to finding solutions for the complex challenges facing the state. The program includes live interviews, panel discussions and integrated networking opportunities that revolve around the event theme, “Florida: The Engine of Growth.”

“Our aim is to bring together Florida's most influential voices and to create a forum for a thoughtful exchange of ideas that lead to solutions for some of the most pressing challenges our state faces,” said Aminda
Marqués González, President & Publisher/Executive Editor of the Miami Herald.

Panelists and policy matters set for discussion at The Florida Priorities Summit are as follows:

ENVIRONMENT -- What are the moves Florida needs to make to not stifle growth? Moderated by Mike Grunwald, Senior Writer, Politico


      Gaston Cantens, Vice President, Florida Crystals

      Eric Eikenberg, CEO, Everglades Foundation

      Dan Gelber, Mayor, Miami Beach

      Julie Wraithmell, Executive Director, Florida Audubon

EDUCATION -- What does K-12 education look like in 10 years? Moderated by Dave Wilson, Senior Editor, Miami Herald

      Sen. Anitere Flores, District 39

      Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools

      Erin Caputo, Elementary School Teacher, Sunset Elementary

      Martha Saunders, President, University of West Florida

ECONOMY -- How does Florida keep growing as the rest of the country slows down? Moderated by Tom Hudson, Vice President News and Special Correspondent, WLRN

      Melissa Medina, President, eMerge Americas

      Richard Florida, Visiting Fellow at Florida International University, Miami Urban Future Initiative

      Mark Vitner, Managing Director & Senior Economist, Wells Fargo


HEALTH CARE -- Is cannabis in health care an economic boom in Florida? Moderated by Amy Driscoll, Editor, Politics and Health Policy, Miami Herald

      Ann-Marie Wong, M.D., Medical Marijuana Physician

      Nikki Fried, Florida Agriculture Commissioner

      Matt Ginder, Senior Counsel, Cannabis Law Practice Group, Greenspoon Marder

TRANSPORTATION -- Does Florida need a state-wide transportation plan? Moderated by Mary Ellen Klas, Miami Herald, Tallahassee Bureau Chief


      Francis Suarez, Mayor, Miami

      Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., District 36

      Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director, Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation & Public Works


The Florida Priorities Summit is presented with support from event sponsors at the Knight Foundation, the University of Miami, Baptist Health South Florida, Uber, Florida Sugar Cane League, Miami-Dade Transit, WSP, AARP and our partnership with WLRN.

Complete event agenda, confirmed speakers and ticket registration/purchase information can be found at this link.

Media contact:
Silvia M. Larrieu

Director of Events, Partnerships & Development

Miami Herald Media Company


t. 305.376.2729

About Miami Herald Media Company
The Miami Herald Media Company (MHMC) publishes two daily newspapers: the Miami Herald, winner of 22 Pulitzer Prizes, and el Nuevo Herald, an award-winning Spanish-language publication. Together, the company's products reach more than 1.3 million people each week in South Florida. In addition to the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, MHMC products include its news websites, MiamiHerald.com and elNuevoHerald.com with a combined monthly traffic of 69.5 million page views and 18.5 million unique visitors over the past 12 months; the popular local entertainment website Miami.com; and INDULGE luxury magazine. The company produces content for video, mobile and radio in association with WLRN/Herald News; as well as custom publications for hotels, airlines and other luxury clients through its subsidiary, HCP Media. MHMC is owned by McClatchy.


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The hometown newspaper of Manatee County since 1922, the Bradenton Herald is the area's primary source of local news, information and advertising services, in print and digital. The company's website, Bradenton.com, is widely read in Florida's fast-growing southwest coast, with monthly traffic of 4.2 million page views and 1.5 million unique visitors. Its biggest publications include its semi-annual Healthcare Directory, the Post Secondary Education Guide and the Manatee County Aging Network Directory. The Bradenton Herald is owned by McClatchy.