Economic Development

Through strategic partnerships and global outreach initiatives, we are expanding business opportunities
and building a diverse economy.
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Target Industries

Miami-Dade attracts new business investment in a wide range of sectors. 
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One Community One Goal

The Beacon Council and its Foundation strive to create an economic climate where residents have access to quality opportunities, with a focus on higher paying jobs in target industries. 

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The Beacon Council works to provide Member-Investors with networking opportunities and access to vital research.


From funding needs and technical assistance to consumer services— our industry partners work with us to help businesses get what they need when they need it.

Local Business Local Jobs

Our goal is to develop an economy where businesses thrive and residents have access to quality job opportunities.

Miami-Dade County’s monthly and year over year employment numbers show growth

Miami-Dade County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in September down from 7.4 percent in August, and net new payroll jobs grew by 3.4 percent from last year with most industries showing improvement since last month and last year, according to statistics released Friday.

“Most major industry sectors showed significant job growth over the past year,” The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams said. “Construction jobs grew by 13 percent, manufacturing grew 6.3 percent and professional services grew 4.7 percent.”

The numbers analyzed

The Beacon Council announces year-end accomplishments

The Beacon Council Annual Meeting on Oct. 15 features the economic development organization’s year-end accomplishments including 43 new location and expansion projects, companies that have committed to creating 2,423 new direct jobs and investing more than $558 million in the local economy within three years.

Miami-Dade County’s payroll jobs show growth

(Miami, FL - September 19, 2014) – Miami-Dade County’s payroll job numbers increased, both month-over-month and year-over-year, according to the jobs report released Friday.

“When looking at the long-term trend of the payroll jobs, the seasonally adjusted data shows that August 2014 had the highest level of payroll jobs (1.09 million) even when compared to the height of the boom years prior to the great recession,” The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams said. “And higher paying sectors continue to add jobs year-over-year.”

Statement from Larry K. Williams regarding the retirement of University of Miami President

(Miami, FL - Sept. 8, 2014) - "It has been my pleasure to work with University of Miami President Donna Shalala to make Miami-Dade County a better place to live and work," The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams said on Monday.

"President Shalala's successes are too numerous to list - and that's why she earned the Jay Malina Award from The Beacon Council in 2012, which is given to the business executive who has contributed most to the growth of a local industry. 

Miami-Dade County job employment continues to increase

(Miami, FL - August 15, 2014) – Miami-Dade County is first in the state in net new payroll creation, followed by Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, according to the jobs report released Friday. The latest job report also shows an increase in the employment rate.

“We are pleased with the continuing increase in payroll jobs and we should continue the strategy to diversify our local economy, " The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams said.

The numbers analyzed

The Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce presents panel discussion for young professionals

The Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce presents “Why Miami?” a panel discussion about the business and civic assets available in Miami-Dade County for young professionals. The event will be held at 5 p.m. July 23 at the Florida International University’s Brickell Campus.  Media must RSVP by 2 p.m. July 22.

Miami-Dade County’s employment picture shows improvement both monthly and year-to-year

Unemployment in Miami-Dade County is down .4 percent since last month (from May to June 2014) and down 1.9 percent year-over-year (from June 2013 to June 2014), according to the latest statistics released Friday.

“We continue to look long term and are encouraged by statistics that show more people are finding jobs in a variety of industries,” The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams said. “This is line with The Beacon Council strategy to diversify our local economy.”

The Beacon Council One Community One Goal invites the community to an update

The Beacon Council invites the community to an update on One Community One Goal, a strategic plan to grow jobs and investment in Miami-Dade County, beginning at 8 a.m. July 23 at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Chapman Center.  Media must RSVP by 10 a.m. July 22.

“This is going to be a premier event with exciting announcements,” The Beacon Council Chair Sheldon T. Anderson said. “We are going to showcase how the community has come together to support this important economic development initiative.”

Miami-Dade County Mayor and The Beacon Council announce Burger King commitment to Miami

(Miami, FL – Aug. 27, 2014) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams spoke with Burger King CEO Daniel Schwartz about the company’s definitive agreement with Tim Hortons under which the two companies will create a new global powerhouse in the quick service restaurant sector. With approximately $23 billion in system sales, the new company will have an extensive international footprint and significant growth potential.

Germany Mission and MEDICA Dusseldorf, Germany

Germany has been one of the target markets for the Beacon Council for the attraction of foreign direct investment. Attending MEDICA in November of each year is an opportunity to expand the reach into the German market. Prior to attending MEDICA this year, the Beacon Council reached out to one of its Miami-based members, McGladrey, to develop a seminar at the Germany office to invite German companies to learn more about doing business in Miami-Dade County and how to establish an office for the North American and Latin American markets. This method has been applied in other target countries.