Miami-Dade Beacon Council Annual Meeting Showcases Business Investments

Miami-Dade Beacon Council
Annual Meeting Showcases Business Investments in Miami-Dade 
2015-16 Chair Ernie Diaz passed the gavel to 2016-17 Chair Jaret Davis during the Annual Meeting held Oct. 13. Outgoing President & CEO Larry K. Williams was also honored during the event.
The Miami-Dade Beacon Council Annual Meeting presented year-end accomplishments including job creation and retention statistics, and new capital investment in our community, plus a focus on future opportunities for economic development through innovation. The year-end meeting also celebrated the change in Board leadership with Jaret Davis taking over as Chair of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council Board of Directors. 
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez shared his vision for the county’s business growth and highlighted a few of the companies investing in Miami-Dade this past year including: 
Univision Communications which is relocating the company’s digital headquarters from New York to Miami-Dade;
-Showroom Logic which recently named Miami as its corporate headquarters investing $5 million;
– Topp Solutions which is adding 276 jobs and $2 million in new capital investment; 
– UPS which is investing nearly $65 million.  
In total, more than 1,700 new jobs will be created in Miami-Dade at the 43 companies assisted by the Miami-Dade Beacon Council. These new companies will add more than $188.2 million in new capital investment to our community. To see more Miami-Dade Beacon Council results, read the Annual Report.

Miami-Dade Employment Numbers Show Yearly Job Growth Across Sectors
Miami-Dade added nearly 15,000 jobs (1.3 percent job growth) from September 2015 to September 2016 with growth across industries including the construction sector leading (10.8 percent growth), followed by financial activities sector (3.7 percent) and professional service sector (3.5 percent), according to statistics released Friday.

“We consistently see job growth across industries including nearly 6 percent growth in two high-paying sectors – financial activities and professional services and nearly 11 percent growth in construction jobs,” The Miami-Dade Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams said. “The job numbers show we keep steadily adding jobs in a variety of sectors and that reflects Miami-Dade’s growing and diverse economy.”


OIC Event Focuses on Restoring the Middle Class 
Penny S. Shaffer, Ph.D., Market President, South Florida and Larry K. Williams, President and CEO, Miami-Dade Beacon Council, participated in a panel discussion. 
OIC of South Florida, through regional and national partnerships, hosted the Building, Elevating, and Sustaining the Middle-Class Summit. A dynamic array of thought leaders from the business, education, political and community members including Larry K. Williams, President and CEO, Miami-Dade Beacon Council, Penny S. Shaffer, Ph.D., Market President, South Florida, Florida Blue and a national presence by U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration Eric M. Seleznow, came together Oct. 17-18.
Event discussions focused on strengthening the commitment that will harness the collective strategies and forge ahead on initiatives being spearheaded by Six Pillars Broward and One Community One Goal Miami-Dade. The two initiatives will be the ongoing platforms from which strategies discussed at the Summit will be operationalized. According to Newton Sanon, President, and CEO of OIC of South Florida, “Our goal is to make sure that we are all committed to preserving the middle class.” OIC of South Florida along with our community partners have joined forces to champion the building, elevation and sustaining of the middle class. For more information about the Middle Class Summit, please visit OICSFL.ORG.
Newton B. Sanon, President/CEO, OIC of South Florida, provided remarks about OCOG providing a strategic framework.

New Leaders Taskforce Launches Its New Program Year
Austin Hollo, Chair-Elect; Maya Tzur, Chair; and Oscar Lopez, Immediate Past Chair; welcome and kickoff new program.
President & CEO Larry K. Williams addressed the Miami-Dade Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce during the group’s first meeting of the new fiscal year. Williams discussed the Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s mission, strategy and new Connect & Grow innovation initiative and followed up with an informal Q&A session. NLT Chair Maya Tzur cited Williams’ accomplishments including $687 million in new investment and 119 companies creating 4,500 plus jobs through company locations or expansions in the last three years. The Miami-Dade Beacon Council formed the New Leaders Taskforce as a way in which to develop future leaders for the Miami-Dade Beacon Council and economic development in Miami-Dade County. They are charged with developing and executing tactics that help cultivate a vibrant and growing community of talented young professionals who are vested in Miami-Dade County’s future growth and in possible leadership roles within the Miami-Dade Beacon Council. The Miami-Dade Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce aims to inspire increased collaboration and partnership with other local young professionals groups, sharing the goal of talent retention.

United Way Celebrates Seniors
Committee members include: Joseph Hovancak, Miami-Dade Beacon Council One Community One Goal; Lupe Bruneman, Healthcare Consulting Alliance, Inc.; Margie Lee, AARP; Maria Alonso, Bank of America; Rudolph Moise, Comprehensive Health Center (Committee Chair); Maryam Laguna, Take Stock in Children; and Chérie Weinstein. 
United Way of Miami-Dade “Golden Wishes Local Leaders” made long-held dreams a reality for seniors at the first Golden Wishes event hosted by United Way of Miami-Dade on Sept. 30. The event honored elders age 70+ by granting them a “wish” such as: a gift to make life easier, a new experience such as swimming with dolphins, or a chance to reconnect with a loved one. From more than 100 wish requests, 16 were granted by volunteers on United Way’s Golden Wishes Committee, chaired by Dr. Rudolph Moise, United Way board member and founder of this pilot initiative and supported by Harve A. Mogul, President & CEO at United Way of Miami-Dade. Fifteen committee members worked on fulfilling wishes by making personal gifts, seeking in-kind donations, and involving their companies including Maria Alonso, Senior Vice President, Bank of America Bank and Joe Hovancak, Vice President One Community One Goal, Miami-Dade Beacon Council.
OCOG’s strategic recommendations are focused on economic prosperity for all of Miami-Dade County and include involvement by a broad spectrum of local organizations like the United Way.  This is a demonstration of how our community continues to rally to create a better work and living environment for all citizens.  It also enhances Miami’s brand as a welcoming place to grow and expand your business, supporting all facets of our community.  


Publication Date: 
Monday, October 24, 2016
Publication Date Long: 
Oct. 24-30, 2016 NEWSLETTER
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The Miami-Dade Beacon Council Annual Meeting asked attendees to provide feedback on driving innovation during the “Network with Purpose” session. Below is a sample of the responses:

– Listed as innovator in the Creative Design industry –The New Tropic – a journalism and events brand that serves Miami’s “curious locals”  

– Sited as a necessary innovation in the Tech industry – Attract more millenials through better urbanization and sustainable culture” 

– Posted as a way to foster innovation in the Banking & Finance industry –“Become more active with eMerge Americas in 2017”

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Third Annual NAI Florida Forum 
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Treetop Ballroom in Jungle Island 
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Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
2016 Annual Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 25
Hard Rock Stadium


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Our Mission:
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. 
Will you join us? Call Member-Investors at (305) 579-1326(305) 579-1326


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