CoreNet Global Summit 2014 in Washington D.C.

The Beacon Council will be promoting Miami-Dade County in Washington, D.C., October 26th-29th during the 2014 CoreNet Global Summit. The CoreNet association is the world’s leading association for corporate real estate (CRE) and workplace professionals, service providers and economic developers.

CoreNet’s members and conferences are a key target for The Beacon Council and The Beacon Council team will be able to develop new contacts and build on current relationships through the various networking events during the summit.

BIO Florida 17th Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Beacon Council in partnership with members of Life Sciences South Florida (LSSF) will promote Miami-Dade County’s Life Sciences sector at BioFlorida’s 17th Annual Conference, a premier event for Florida’s bioscience community, to be held this year in Fort Lauderdale, FL, October 12-14, 2014. This year’s meeting will bring together 500+ professionals from across Florida, the Southeast and the nation to discuss major trends and issues, including topics related to product development, scientific research, business development, financing and public policy.

Please visit the Life Sciences South Florida booth to learn about opportunities for doing business in Miami-Dade County.

Atlanta Marketing Mission in Atlanta, GA

Larry Williams, President and CEO and James Kohnstamm, Vice President, The Beacon Council conducted a Miami-Dade Marketing Mission to Atlanta, GA March 11-13, 2014.  The Atlanta mission objectives were to meet with and update key corporate real estate site selectors who influence the location decisions of companies, worldwide. Over the day and a half mission a total of eight meetings were held including 13 corporate site selector consultants. The mission allowed The Beacon Council to develop new and re-establish contact with several highly influential site selectors and location consultants in the Atlanta area.

BioFlorida Latin America & Caribbean Life Sciences Conference in Miami, FL

The Inaugural BioFlorida Latin America & Caribbean Life Sciences Conference was held on March 27 and 28, 2014 in Miami. The purpose of the conference was to connect experts in life sciences from Florida (and other parts of the United States) with counterparts from Latin America and the Caribbean. The event, hosted at Florida International University and the Sofitel Miami Hotel, consisted of panels and speakers on current trends in the scientific and business sides of life sciences. The Beacon Council, as part of its activities in Life Sciences, was one of the sponsors and Lyndi Bowman, Director, Economic Development and Dr. Jaap Donath, Senior Vice President, Research & Strategic Planning were involved in the Conference Committee. Speakers included Florida’s Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Gray Swoope, Florida’s Secretary of Commerce, Jack Osterholt, Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Dr. Gabriela Gebrin Cezar, Senior Director & Head External R&D Innovation for Pfizer in Brazil, Miguel Angel Margain, Director General, Mexican Institute of Industrial Property and Jim Hogan, President, Medtronic Latin America, as well as many other experts from international research institutions, business and academia. Larry Williams, President & CEO of the Beacon Council introduced Gray Swoope and Jack Osterholt at the conference. Attendees came from the United States and Latin America, making it a unique conference for the life sciences in the Americas. The conference showed the continued growth of Miami-Dade County and Florida as a center for life sciences, especially with an emphasis on Latin America.

eMerge Americas Techweek in Miami, FL

Taking place from May 2-6, eMerge Americas Techweek attracted more than 6,000 attendees and more than 220 companies and 115 startups to the inaugural 5-day conference, which is scheduled to become an annual event to assist in strengthening Miami’s role as the “tech hub of the Americas.” The conference was organized by Manuel “Manny” Medina, Diane Sanchez and the rest of the Technology Foundation of the Americas’ team and was part of a larger effort led by local entrepreneurs, business and education leaders, and government officials to develop a creative and productive startup ecosystem.

The conference included a mayoral summit, smart city expo, startup village and launch competition, youth biz plan challenge, hackathon, hiring fair, and more than 60 panel discussions addressing topics related to finance, healthcare, education, media & entertainment, and sustainable cities. The event featured established tech companies and startups, colleges & universities showcasing their research projects. In addition, elementary and high school students presented their business plans and work in robotics. While the conference’s key focus was on businesses from Latin America and South Florida, there was official representation from Taiwan and Colombia. Colombia showcased nearly 30 different companies looking to export services related to technology, such as digital animation, mobile applications and other IT services. Taiwan also exhibited companies and new technology, including representatives from Tapei’s National Palace Museum which is using new and innovative technology to showcase exhibitions. Companies were also able to schedule appointments with other conference attendees to further business development and to locate potential partners through the conference’s online meeting application.

The Beacon Council participated in all aspects of the conference, from having a booth and participating on panels, to assisting various Fortune 100 companies in meeting with community leaders to attending ancillary events. Beacon Council staff members also held meetings with companies and startups to discuss how we can assist in their relocation or expansion plans in Miami-Dade County. Beacon Council President & CEO, Larry Williams, moderated a panel on Big Data & Analytics: The Ability to Change the Future with speakers Bernie Meyerson, Fellow & VP of Innovation at IBM and Emilio Diaz, Executive Vice President at INDRA.

The Beacon Council congratulates the eMerge Americas team and all of the leaders in the community that made this event a big success. We look forward to next year!

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Orlando, FL

As a result of the One Community One Goal study, the Aviation Industry was adopted as one of seven industries targeted for growth in Miami-Dade County.  This industry is a major employer and acts as a facilitator to the area’s largest economic drivers.  In an effort to identify potential project/prospects and to gather industry intelligence, The Beacon Council will conduct an Economic Development mission to the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida October 21-23, 2014.