University of West Florida (UWF) Office of Equity, Diversity and International Affairs and the UWF School of Business is co-hosting Dr. James Johnson for a public lecture on Monday, March 31, 2014, in the Commons Auditorium (Bldg 22 parking in Lot H and K). There will be a reception at 5:30pm with the lecture starting at 6pm. Dr. Johnson will be speaking on Diversity, Workforce Demographics and Entrepreneurship.
During his recent presentation at the 2013 Gulf Power Economic Symposium, Dr. James Johnson, Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, predicted a major change in the demographics of Northwest Florida. He suggested that, by 2050, only 47% of the population will be Non-Hispanic Whites, a dramatic contrast to the 67% of 2005.
Furthermore, in the Gulf Power service area, which reflects national population trends, 89% of the population growth rate comes from the Hispanic population vs. 6.3% from Non-Hispanic Whites. For comparison’s sake, the population growth rate of Non-Hispanics in the USA has been 1.2% in the first decade of this century. In the state of Florida, 55% of population growth has come from Hispanics and 85% from Non-White populations.
Not only is the composition shifting, but numbers for minority populations are increasing. Since 1970, the South has seen net gains in minority populations, and we have gone from a region whose residents spoke only English to an area where people speak over 250 languages. During this time, the population of the Gulf Power service area has grown 10.11%, or by approximately 95,000 people.