Each year, the Miami-Dade Beacon Council investors and community stakeholders participate in a full calendar of idea-sharing, goal-setting and spirited events.
Annual Meeting & Key Ceremony
The Miami-Dade Beacon Council concludes its fiscal year and begins another with the Annual Meeting and Key Ceremony which provides business and community leaders with a unique overview of the progress of economic development in Miami-Dade County over the past year and insights into the most pressing issues for the coming year. The event also celebrates the passing of the gavel to the incoming Chairperson of the organization and honors companies who have either expanded, relocated or are new in Miami- Dade County with a Key to Miami-Dade County from the Mayor and other local dignitaries.
Guests have one-on-one opportunities to experience and interact with businesses at the showcase, which exhibits Miami’s new and expanding businesses and the innovators driving Miami’s growing economy. Estimated attendance is over 400 guests.
This celebratory annual event recognizes local businesses, individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to job creation, business expansion, corporate citizenship, and leadership in the community. The Beacon Awards celebrates One Community One Goal (OCOG), the economic development strategic plan that is strengthening and diversifying the Miami-Dade economy. OCOG was launched by The Beacon Council Foundation to encourage investment and support job creation and competitively position Miami-Dade in the global economy.
The Beacon Awards support One Community One Goal by recognizing success in these categories considered “building blocks” of the economy:
Business Climate and Policy
Economic Development Marketing
Education and Workforce Development
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The Beacon Awards event is highlighted by the presentation of the prestigious Jay Malina Leadership Award to a local business leader who is recognized for his/her lifetime service to the community.
One Community One Goal (OCOG): Annual Report to the Community
This annual community-wide, free event celebrates the successes of the goals established by the One Community One Goal initiative. Each year focuses on a key element of the initiative with a noted keynote speaker and provides a platform for local stakeholders to share their successes and outline goals for the coming year. The jobs report relating to the established target industries is always a highlight. The OCOG target industry committees also review their accomplishments of the past year and renew their commitment for the upcoming year. Attendance is typically well over 600 people.
Semi-Annual Economic Roundtable
At the beginning and in the middle of the calendar year, economists or other industry thought leaders come together to share insights and analysis of the local economy and factors influencing its movement. These intimate round table discussions provide opportunities for frank exchange of ideas and candid assessment of the economy.
Good Morning Miami – Get to Know the Miami-Dade Beacon Council
Periodically throughout the year, the professional staff members host investors and other interested stakeholders for a discussion on timely and topical issues impacting economic development efforts to Market-Grow-Shape Miami-Dade. Topics, for example, range from education and workforce development to real estate opportunities, international expansions, and marketing initiatives.
Other Events –
The Miami-Dade Beacon Council regularly hosts community events, as well as industry thought leaders who address topics focused on economic development and the business community. Events have addressed issues such as: The Rise of Miami’s Media Industry; Housing; Transportation; New Urbanism; Talent Development and featured bank presidents, ambassadors, trade officers, and elected officials.