Academic Leaders Council Welcomes UM President

Academic Leaders Council Welcomes UM President

The Beacon Council’s One Community One Goal (OCOG) Academic Leaders Council (ALC) formally introduced the University of Miami President Julio Frenk during its quarterly meeting held Nov. 11  at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. 

Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, FIU President and Chair of the ALC along with Larry K. Williams, President & CEO of The Beacon Council and OCOG Co-Chairs Nelson Lazo, CEO of Doctors Hospital and Matt Haggman, Program Director at the Knight Foundation kicked off the meeting and welcomed Dr. Frenk, who is Mexico’s former Minister of Health, a former Harvard Dean and UM’s first Hispanic president. Dr. Frenk  expressed his sincere appreciation for being welcomed to the ALC and shared insights regarding his first few months as the new leader of the University of Miami. He has said that Greater Miami, being the gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean, provides UM the opportunity to be focused on global issues. He also values multiculturalism saying “diversity is an antidote to inequality.” 

During the meeting, the ALC members discussed closing the skills gap, matching business needs with curriculum, career pathing and college affordability and accessibility. A top priority for the ALC is to connect employers and students for internships.  The ALC encourages businesses to offer paid internships and post them to the Talent Development Network at, an online portal for internships that allows employers to list paid internships in one place instead of having to contact universities separately and in turn students have one place to look for paid internships. The group is committed to maintaining a world-class educational ecosystem in Miami-Dade County.

Members of the Academic Leaders Council include: 

* Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua
* Florida International University President Mark B. Rosenberg
* Florida Memorial University President Roslyn Clark Artis
* Miami Dade College President Eduardo J. Padrón
* Miami-Dade, County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto  M. Carvalho
* St. Thomas University President Msgr. Franklyn M. Casale
* University of Miami President Julio Frenk


Promoting Trade, Investment and Friendship between Southeast U.S. and Japan

The 38th Annual Joint Meeting of SEUS, the Southeast U.S./Japan Association, was held recently in Birmingham, Alabama with the theme “Initiative for a Sustainable Future Through Continuous Innovation”.

The organization was established to promote trade, investment and friendship between Japan and U.S. member states. An annual Joint Meeting between the two associations is held on a rotational basis in Japan and the Southeastern U.S.

The Florida Delegation included Keith A. Norden, President & CEO , Team Volusia EDC, Crystal Stiles, Economic Development Manager/ FPL; Dave Woodward, Executive Director/ Florida-Japan Association; Fred Glickman, VP Int’l Operations/ Enterprise Florida; Chris Mangos, Marketing Director/ MIA and Eric Olafson, Trade Development Manager/PortMiami. Beacon Council President & CEO, Larry K. Williams and Senior Vice President Mario Sacasa represented Miami-Dade County.

Highlights included:

* Three new prospects were identified and important contacts were established with high level representatives of a Japanese Airlines that is a high priority for the Miami Aviation Dept.’s strategy to bring direct flights from Asia to Miami.
* Keynote speakers – Former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice; Ambassador of Japan to the U.S., H.E. Kenichiro Sasae and Dr. Martin Luther King, III.
* Newly arrived Consul General of Japan in Miami, Hon. Ken Okaniwa confirmed Japan’s special interest in the IT and Logistics Industries in Florida.
* The Joint Meeting’s first Executive Leadership Panel reaffirmed the fact that innovation is the key for companies to remain competitive and drive growth leading to sustainable development and job creation.
* The Joint Meeting’s second Executive Leadership Panel provided an outlook of worldwide rising energy demand and possible consequences of global changing climate. Greater cooperation between government and industry will be required in order to sustain the environment.


Miami-Dade’s Employment Numbers Show Growth in Key Sectors

Miami-Dade’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent in October, down from 6.3 last month, according to statistics released last Friday.

“Miami-Dade added the most jobs in the state since Oct. 2014 in the financial activities and information sector, which includes higher-paying, knowledge-based fields. This is great news for all of our partners in academia and the public and private sectors who are working so hard to align curriculum with the needs of today’s employers,” said The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams.
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Longtime Beacon Council Leader Honored

The Beacon Council Executive Committee Member Henry Godwin was honored for more than two decades of service at a meeting held Nov. 18 at the University of Miami. Godwin is retiring from his position as Executive Vice President at MDW Insurance Group. The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams and Chair Elect Jaret Davis with Greenberg Traurig presented him with a gift to commemorate his longtime dedication to the community.

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The Pete de La Torre Business Radio show interviews Beacon Council Founders

The Pete De La Torre radio show taped at The Beacon Council’s Annual Meeting featured Beacon Council Founding Chairs Merrett Stierheim and Sid Levin as well as President & CEO Larry K. Williams and Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO William D. Talbert III.

Listen here.

The radio show recently launched a new website at featuring two radio programs; “The Pete De La Torre Business Hour” and The new “U.S. Brazil Biz Talk” featuring special segments, a team of experts and a library of podcasts.


GIS Website Features Available Properties

The Beacon Council and Miami-Dade County website features available vacant industrial and commercial properties. It is based on user-defined criteria for Miami-Dade County utilizing geographically based demographic and business information.
It also enables commercial real estate brokers to register and highlight available parcels. Listings are provided at no cost and reach a targeted audience including Site Selectors/Consultants, Real Estate Developers, and businesses pursuing new opportunities in Miami-Dade County. Listings are featured regularly in this newsletter. For more information, contact Jennifer R. Hernandez, Director of Economic Development at The Beacon Council.


Featured listing of the week:

Palmetto Industrial
Address: 6500 NW 77th Court
* City: Miami
* County: Miami-Dade County
* Zip Code:33166
* Type: Showroom, Class B …
* Min Size:51,098 sqft
* Max Size:51,098 sqft

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Monday, November 23, 2015
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Did you know?

500 Startups, a leading global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator, is making its way into Miami to help grow businesses that reach Latin American audiences.

It is known for its high-volume investing approach. It’s invested in over 1,500 startups, typically putting in $50,000 to $100,000 and doubling down with some of those in future rounds. 

Read the Miami Herald article.

Save the Date
Access Breakfast
Friday, Jan. 22
@The Beacon Council

Bank of America and The Beacon Council invite you to a panel discussion on: 

“Building the Talent that Fuels Our Innovation
Save the Date
Key Ceremony
Wednesday, March 9th  @ Conrad Hotel Miami
Join Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, County Commissioners, local elected officials and The Beacon Council as we honor companies that have located or expanded in Miami-Dade over the last year as well as those from past years.
1395 Brickell Ave. Third Floor
6:00 p.m. 
RSVP here
Free Small Business Workshop Series Launches in January

Miami Dade College, School of Business. in partnership with Citi Foundation is offering Free seminars and workshops for small business owners.


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Our Mission:
As Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership, The Beacon Council is charged with bringing new, job-generating investments to the community, while assisting existing businesses in their efforts to expand. By doing this, The Beacon Council facilitates the creation of quality jobs for each and every resident of Miami-Dade County. The Beacon Council is an accredited economic development organization. 
Will you join us? Call Member-Investors at (305) 579-1326(305) 579-1326


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