Global Aviation Distributor Expands Adding More than 100 Jobs, Retaining 600 jobs

Economic Development at Work: 
Global Aviation Distributor Expands 
Adding More than 100 Jobs 

Expansion retains 600 jobs in Miami-Dade
KLX Aerospace Solutions, a global distributor of aerospace fasteners and consumables, announced that it is expanding its Miami-Dade operations and building its new global headquarters with a state of the art distribution center in Hialeah. The expansion adds new jobs and capital investment in Aviation, one of the County’s seven target industries. 
KLX’s decision to stay in Miami-Dade, despite significant pressure from other communities including Memphis or Phoenix, retains almost 600 existing jobs and creates more than 100 jobs in the first year of growth and up to 400 new jobs in the future. KLX Aerospace Solutions is a global company with more than 1.5 million square feet in over 60 locations with 2,000+ employees worldwide. The new company headquarters will be 480,000 square-feet.
“We are pleased to have an aviation industry leader like KLX Aerospace Solutions growing and investing in Miami-Dade County,” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said. “KLX Aerospace Solutions’ decision to expand in Miami-Dade speaks to our talent, our global business attributes and the strength of our aviation industry.”
The Miami-Dade Beacon Council has been working with KLX Aerospace Solutions for more than two years on a variety of services including site selection, zoning and permitting assistance, financing programs analyses. It also helped to create a package of state and local incentives, which was approved to retain and grow KLX in Miami-Dade. These are performance-based programs that will only pay the award once the capital investments are made and the new jobs are created.
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Workplace Strategies Improve 
Employee Performance 
Miami-Dade Beacon Council and CBRE presents the 2015/16 Occupier Trends National Survey
Event speakers included: Damla Gerhart, Managing Director, Workplace Strategies, CBRE; Elizabeth Dvorak, CEO, Workscapes and Beacon Council Board Member; Rob Marsh, Advisory & Transaction Services, Labor Analytics, CBRE; Rick Beasley, Executive Director, CareerSource South Florida; and Brandon Forde, Executive Managing Director, Occupier Advisory & Transaction Services, CBRE. Sheldon Anderson, Interim President & CEO of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, (not pictured) provided welcoming remarks. 
CBRE and the Miami-Dade Beacon Council partnered to provide a better understanding of today’s changing workforce trends during an event that paired national experts and local professionals. The discussion focused on the economic impact and business implications for decision makers, real estate professionals and others focused on retaining their best employees and making work spaces as productive as possible.  
CBRE analyzed responses from 402 executives managing corporate real estate (CRE) portfolios around the world. The report reveals three consistent global themes on the CRE executive’s agenda: balancing local actions amid global economic uncertainty, implementing employee-centric workplace strategies, and supporting rapid enterprise transformation all while strategically managing costs.
Highlights included: 50 percent of the companies of the future will be located in emerging markets. Cities like Sao Paolo, Beijing and Shanghai are growing populations that rival major U.S. cities. This has implications for Miami as it is a gateway to emerging markets. 
In addition, workplace strategies were presented to counter employee dissatisfaction. According to a report, half of the employees surveyed worldwide felt disengaged to their workplace. Companies that provide employee-focused amenities gained cost-savings and increased productivity. Topics also included co-working and collaborative spaces, Millennials as the largest generation in the workforce and the so-called “war for talent”.
Download the presentations:
2016 CBRE Global Occupier Survey Trends
Brandon Forde, Executive Managing Director, Occupier Advisory & Transaction Services, CBRE;
Labor Analytics
Rob Marsh, Advisory & Transaction Services, Labor Analytics, CBRE;
Rick Beasley, Executive Director, CareerSource South Florida; 
Workplace Strategies
Damla Gerhart, Managing Director, Workplace Strategies, CBRE; 
Elizabeth Dvorak, CEO, Workscapes and Beacon Council Board Member (contact for information) 305.400.8101

Miami Herald Publisher and Past Miami-Dade Beacon Council Chair Discusses Impact of Tech on Media
Nabil Achkar, Secretary of the Consular Corps, Hon Eduardo Rivadeneira, Consul General of Ecuador and Acting Dean of the Corps presenting a special memento to Alex Villoch. 
Alexandra “Alex” Villoch, President & Publisher of the Miami Herald Media Company provided remarks as Guest Speaker at a Consular Corps luncheon at the Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables. Villoch, a Past Chair of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, was introduced by Beacon Council Senior Vice President Mario Sacasa, former Consul General of Nicaragua, and Past Dean of the Consular Corps. Villoch’s remarks focused on the topic of Transformation of Media / how technology is changing media. She provided details about the significant changes in media demographics and circulation as a result of technical advances in the last few years. Several members of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council leadership attended including Treasurer Dawn White with American Airlines and Secretary Daniel Mackler with Gunster. 

Access to Capital Workshop Assists Small Business Owners
Town of Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi hosted the workshop that included a presentation from Sheri Colas-Gervais with the Miami-Dade Beacon Council.
An Access to Capital Workshop was held recently in Miami Lakes providing one-on-one discussions with local lenders from the community – banks, credit unions, alternative lenders. Sheri Colas-Gervais, with the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, provided attendees who included small business owners, with the availability of the emergency bridge loan as a tool to be aware of, along with traditional and non-traditional debt and equity funding. SBA representatives discussed loan guarantee programs, international guarantee programs, Federal procurement opportunities, and disaster recovery loans. 

Kairos CEO Named Innovator of the Year
Brian Backeen, Kairos Founder and CEO, was recently namedInnovator of the Year at Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit for his notable contributions to the tech industry. During the event, he offered attendees candid insight on fundraising, navigating challenges, and ultimately the road to excelling in tech. Kairos is a human analytics company that uses three-dimensional data to measure human feelings and interactions, and was recently featured in Florida Trend as a promising new company. Kairos received funding from the Institute in November 2015. He was also a panelist during the Miami-Dade Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce third annual networking reception and entrepreneur focused program held in June. 


Publication Date: 
Monday, October 31, 2016
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Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2016 NEWSLETTER
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57 percent of “occupiers” see employee attraction and retention driving workplace strategy, according to the CBRE report. 

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Miami-Dade is #2 in the nation for the most startups. 
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Wings Over Homestead Open House and Air Show
Nov. 5-6
Air Reserve Base is announcing Wings Over Homestead Open House and Air Show 2016. This two-day event will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. 

Third Annual NAI Florida Forum 
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Treetop Ballroom in Jungle Island 
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Save the Date!
Wings of Change 2017 – Miami
An Aviation Conference Discussing Today’s Challenges and Tomorrow’s Opportunities 
Organized by IATA & Miami-Dade Beacon Council
May 2 & 3, 2017
Location: Ritz Carlton, Coconut Grove
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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. 
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