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Miami-Dade Added Nearly 19,000 Jobs in April as Unemployment Rate Dipped to 5 percent

Media Contact: Maria Camacho mcamacho@beaconcouncil.com (305) 579-1341 (Miami) Miami-Dade added 18,700 new payroll jobs in the past year and unemployment decreased to 5 percent in April, from 5.4 percent the previous month, according to statistics released Friday. “We’re encouraged as we continue to see year-over-year job growth across sectors,” said Jaap Donath, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, […]

More than 23,000 Miami-Dade Payroll Jobs added from March 2016 to 2017

Miami-Dade experienced a healthy 2 percent job growth or 23,400 payroll jobs from March 2016 to March 2017 across industries with Education and Health Services (8,600) and Professional and Business Services (5,000) leading, according to state figures released Friday.

Miami-Dade Leads the State in Annual Job Growth in Education and Health Services

March 14, 2017 Miami-Dade County had the highest annual job growth in education and health services (8,100 jobs) compared to other metro areas in Florida from January 2016 to January 2017, according to statistics released March 10. “Education and health services provide above-average paying wages,” said Jaap Donath, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research & Strategic […]

Gov. Scott Announces Cosentino to Relocate Americas Headquarters from Texas to Florida

March 15, 2017 Gov. Scott Announces Cosentino to Relocate Americas Headquarters from Texas to Florida   CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced Cosentino, a global leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing, is relocating its Americas Headquarters from Sugarland, Texas to Coral Gables. The relocation will create 85 new jobs and […]

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council "Unlocks New Worlds of Business Opportunity"

March 7, 2017   During annual presentation of “Keys to the County” by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez,  Presented by TD Bank   (Miami, FL – March 7, 2017) – It’s a night to honor the growth of commerce and the entrepreneurial spirit of Miami-Dade County. The 2017 Key Ceremony is the event of the […]

Miami: A new haven for young professionals

BY LARRY K. WILLIAMS beaconcouncil.com Miami is winning the brain gain race. A recent study supported by the Knight Foundation listed Miami as one of the top areas in the nation attracting young professionals. Miami’s share of educated millennials increased by almost 25 percent in the last 10 years, including a jump of 118 percent […]

Beacon Council outlines plans for local job development

BY NICHOLAS NEHAMAS nnehamas@miamiherald.com   Miami-Dade County must keep diversifying its economy in order to protect against another recession, local community leaders said at an annual Beacon Council meeting on Wednesday. The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade’s economic development agency, announced plans to launch an online career portal for job-seekers and employers in seven key industries at […]

Op-ed: Skills Gap Highlights Challenges, Opportunities for Miami

Workforce initiatives focus on creating and filling middle-skills jobs. By Chauncy Lennon and Larry K. Williams When the global economy sputtered and seized in the recession of 2008-2010, Florida’s Miami-Dade County region was hit hard. Today, the economy has vastly improved with the unemployment rate close to pre-recession levels. It’s a good time to evaluate and address our […]

South Florida has what Amazon values — we embrace change, innovation, reinvention

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos begins a recent letter to the shareholders with this question. His answer is simple: “Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1.”

Meet the gatekeepers to South Florida’s Amazon HQ2 bid

Amazon’s search for a second headquarters may be shrouded in secrecy. But in South Florida, three power brokers have a direct line to the e-commerce giant as they make their pitch to host HQ2.

Cover Story: How Miami compares to other possible Amazon HQ2 cities

John Schoettler, Amazon’s head of real estate, gave a few hints about what the company wants from its new headquarters city.
“We look forward to cities that are … progressive and are thinking forward and long term, in terms of affordable housing and mass transportation and being able to move people around,” he said.

4 Tips to Optimize Your Launch in a New Market

It’s been my personal experience that entering a new market is a great ordeal. It’s time-consuming, financially daunting and worst of all, it comes with unforeseeable complications. From misjudging cultural biases to incorrectly pricing a product or service by not efficiently studying the new region, keeping these steps in mind should ease the entire process — especially for first-time entrepreneurs.

How do you woo a new Amazon headquarters to the area? It’s all in the numbers

The 238 communities vying to be home to Amazon’s second headquarters are seeking a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Creating up to 50,000 new jobs, paying $100,000 average salaries, Amazon’s HQ2, as it’s called, promises an economic burst that could fundamentally change the region’s business landscape.

Why Miami could still be a winner even if it loses the Amazon headquarters

Miami was always seen as an underdog for Amazon’s headquarters, given its thin roster of heavy corporate hitters, lack of a tech-savvy workforce and low marks on certain urban perks, like a vibrant transit system.

Hey there, Amazon, Miami’s where you need to be!

Amazon has made clear what it wants for HQ2: a business-friendly environment, a highly trained technical workforce, financial incentives and transportation infrastructure. How do we stack up?

Meet the 2018 South Florida Power Leaders

This year, as in years past, the list of South Florida Power Leaders reflects a dynamic regional marketplace. Of the 153 executives on our list, 57 were not on last year’s list. Newcomers represent such sectors as construction, travel and tourism, regional business development and even pet supplies, which saw home-grown Chewy.com acquired for a rumored $3.35 billion last year.

Amazon’s HQ2 And The Sunshine Economy

Bob Swindell learned that South Florida made Amazon’s shortlist for its second corporate headquarters like a lot of people – – from a news alert on his phone.

A NEW MISSION 2018 brings opportunity for Miami’s small businesses

A new year gives Black small businesses the opportunity for growth and new connections. With new programs in Miami launching and existing programs amping up their engagement, Black small businesses can use these resources to make this year better than the last.

April 2020 Employment Report

Sponsored by: The numbers analyzed In April 2020, Miami-Dade County unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 11.9 percent. The County had a reduction of 145,900 nonagricultural payroll jobs (not seasonally adjusted), from April 2019 to April 2020 which was a 12.0 percentage decrease. Due to the impact of COVID-19, there has been a sharp decline […]

March Employment Report

Sponsored by: (Miami, Fl) April 20, 2020 – Every year, the March Employment Report detailing the unemployment rate is released in April. As of this analysis, the data does not yet reflect the full impact of the economic reality the world is presently facing due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. April data, which we expect […]

Miami-Dade Beacon Council Launches Online Resources For Small Businesses

Miami-Dade Beacon Council Launches Online Resources For Small Businesses BizHelp.Miami, Provides Information on Federal Funding COVID-19 Resource Center Provides South Florida-Specific Vital Information (Miami, Fl- April 13, 2020)- The Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the County’s official public-private economic development partnership, is working closely with Miami-Dade County and other community partners to alleviate economic stress on the […]

February 2020 Data Employment Report

Miami-Dade County Jobs Data NOTE FROM THE MIAMI-DADE BEACON COUNCIL: In order to effectively re-calibrate the previous year’s data and establish benchmarks, both January and February Unemployment Rates are reported in March. March 2020 data will be released later in April, on the standard one-month delay given all reporting is backward-looking. Given the present economic […]

January 2020 Employment Report

January 2020 Miami-Dade County Jobs Data Presented by: NOTE FROM THE MIAMI-DADE BEACON COUNCIL: In order to effectively re-calibrate the previous year’s data and establish benchmarks, January Unemployment Rates are reported in March (instead of February). The February 2020 data will be released later this month, with March 2020 employment data reported in April; that returns us […]

January 2020 Employment Report

January 2020 Miami-Dade County Jobs Data Presented by: NOTE FROM THE MIAMI-DADE BEACON COUNCIL: In order to effectively re-calibrate the previous year’s data and establish benchmarks, January Unemployment Rates are reported in March (instead of February). The February 2020 data will be released later this month, with March 2020 employment data reported in April; that returns us […]

Business Resources to help Mitigate Impact on Local Economy in Response to COVID-19

Business Resources to help Mitigate Impact on Local Economy in Response to COVID-19 Small Business Administration (SBA) & Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Activate Assistance to Businesses (Miami, Fl- March 13, 2020)- The Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the County’s official economic development partnership, is engaged in ongoing dialogue with a variety of agencies and organizations […]

Talent Development Network’s CEO for a Day Program Sets the Foundation for Future Business and Community Leaders’ Success

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Maria Teresa Garcia tgarcia@beaconcouncil.com  Inaugural kick-off event to take place on January 29th at Marlins Park (Miami, Fl) January 27, 2020- The Talent Development Network (TDN), supported by the Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s One Community One Goal (OCOG) initiative and its Academic Leaders Council (ALC), launches CEO for a Day, a […]

December Employment Report

Sponsored by: Unemployment rate hits a breaking record of 1.8%, lowest rate in the State of Florida (Miami, Fl)- January 27, 2020- Miami-Dade County has created 25,900 new jobs in the past 12 months, while unemployment hits a breaking record of 1.8%, lowest rate in the State of Florida. The numbers show Miami-Dade County has […]

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council and Publishing Partner HCP Media Launch Advantage Miami 2020

MIAMI, FL., January 10, 2020 – The Miami-Dade Beacon Council, together with custom media company HCP Media, proudly unveil the 2020 edition of Advantage Miami. This “go-to” resource guide provides business owners, key decision makers and talent with essential information on MiamiDade County’s business advantages, including its growing tech ecosystem, strategic global location, infrastructure, diverse talent […]

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