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.

September 2020 Employment Report

Sponsored by: The numbers analyzed In September 2020, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Miami-Dade County was 13.0 percent. The County had a reduction of 76,600 nonagricultural payroll jobs (not seasonally adjusted), from September 2019 to September 2020 which was a 6.3 percentage point decrease. From August 2020 to September 2020, there was an […]

NYC-Based Blackstone Selects Miami for Advanced Financial Technology Hub

World’s largest alternative asset manager will create more than 200 new high-earning technology jobs and invest $25 Million in Miami-Dade County Miami, FL – October 12, 2020 —The Miami-Dade Beacon Council announced that Blackstone, the largest alternative investment firm in the world, will open an advanced regional financial services technology headquarters in Downtown Miami. The most […]

20/20 Vision: Reimagining Recovery for Miami-Dade Vol. 2 Miami-Dade Beacon Council Hosts Second Virtual Roundtable with Local Business Leaders

WLRN’s Tom Hudson to Moderate discussion WHAT: Second panel discussion featuring top executives from diverse industries, “20/20 Vision: Reimagining Recovery for Miami-Dade Vol.2″ provides a platform where local business leaders can speak to the business community’s needs and foster conversation about economic recovery, equity, inclusion, learnings and innovations, and what Miami-Dade businesses and workforce really […]

August 2020 Employment Report

Sponsored by: The numbers analyzed In August 2020, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Miami-Dade County was 8.1 percent. The County had a reduction of 75,800 nonagricultural payroll jobs (not seasonally adjusted), from August 2019 to August 2020 which was a 6.2 percentage point decrease. From July 2020 to August 2020, there was an […]

Miami-Dade County Proposes Homestead Air Reserve Base as Site for U.S. Space Command Headquarters

On May 14, 2020, the United States Air Force announced an open bidding process to select the future location of U.S. Space Command Headquarters (USSPACECOM). Established in December 2019, USSPACECOM is designed to focus on defending U.S. interests in Space. Provisional headquarters are located at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with plans to move to a permanent location in the next five years. With the endorsement of Governor Ron DeSantis, Miami-Dade County is one of eight qualified communities in the State of Florida selected for the Basing Evaluation Phase of the bidding process for USSPACECOM’s permanent headquarters.

July 2020 Employment Report

Sponsored by: The numbers analyzed During July 2020, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Miami-Dade County was 14.2 percent. From July 2019 to July 2020, the County had a reduction of 75,900 nonagricultural payroll jobs (not seasonally adjusted), which indicate a 6.3 percentage point decrease. From June 2020 to July 2020, there was a […]

Women-led BodyK Proves Concierge, On-site COVID-19 Testing Is the Preference for South Florida

Miami, Florida – BodyK is providing peace of mind to members of the community by leading the charge with on-site COVID-19 testing in Miami-Dade County. Offering a variety of tests related to the coronavirus pandemic, BodyK’s test results have shorter lead times and are performed wherever the need may be, such as a private home, residential building, corporation, or school. Tests offered include the COVID-19 PCR Nasal Swab test, the Rapid COVID-19 Antibody test, and the DBS COVID-19 Quantitative Antibody test.

BodyK, Empresa Dirigida Por Mujeres, Demuestra Que Su Servicio Concierge De Pruebas COVID-19, Es El Preferido Por El Sur De La Florida

Miami, Florida – BodyK ha traído tranquilidad a los miembros de la comunidad de Miami-Dade tomando el liderazgo de las pruebas COVID-19 en locación. Ofreciendo una variedad de pruebas relacionadas a la pandemia del coronavirus, los resultados de BodyK tienen tiempos de entrega más cortos, y son realizados donde sea necesario para comodidad del cliente y disminución de riesgos, sea en casas privadas, edificios residenciales, corporaciones, o en escuelas. Las pruebas ofrecidas incluyen COVID-19 PCR Hisopo Nasal, la prueba Rápida de Anticuerpos, y la prueba cuantitativa de Anticuerpos DBS.

One of A Kind Floating Space Comes to Miami

Built From a Recycled Shipping Container, Blue Space Brings a New Waterfront Wellness Experience to Brickell (Miami, FL– August 17, 2020) – Blue Space provides a waterfront wellness experience that promises to transport city dwellers from the daily grind to a clearer, calmer mind—a “Blue Mind.”  A floating space with three glass walls, guests can feel […]

Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s Technology Committee Introduces Project ‘1MPACT’, an Initiative Identifying and Addressing Priorities for Local Recovery Efforts

Surveys helped identify three priorities where tech and innovation partners could unite to provide solutions that contribute to the County’s talent development and economic recovery (Miami, FL– August 13, 2020) – The Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s Technology Committee today announced the launch of ‘1MPACT’, a series of initiatives dedicated to creating impactful projects in support of our […]

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