Miami-Dade Mayor Presents Bright Future for Local Economy

Miami-Dade Mayor Presents 
Bright Future for Local Economy


Newly re-elected Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez presented his vision of the future for the County during the 2016 Installation Ceremony on Nov. 22 held at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. 

“If we don’t have a vibrant economy, we don’t have a transportation problem,” he said. “Transportation issues – and how we solve those transportation issues – is going to be one of our top priorities in the next four years. This challenge isn’t easy. And it won’t be solved overnight. But it’s something we have to do for our children, and our grandchildren.” The ceremony was presented by Mayor Gimenez and the Board of County Commissioners. The webcast is available

Small Business Academy Graduate
Fulfills Lifelong Dream
The owner of Island Monkey Market Place, a graduate of the District 8 Small Business Academy initiated and run by Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava in 2015, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently to celebrate its opening. Sheri Colas-Gervais, Vice President of Economic Development and Urban Initiatives at the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, met the CEO Rosalind Malcolm during an academy workshop and began working with the company assisting them with finding a location, providing data and strategic marketing as well as introducing them to business contacts. The District 8 Small Business Academy provides training and resources to local businesses so that entrepreneurs have the tools they need for success. The Miami-Dade Beacon Council partnered with Commissioner Levine Cava on the academy and presented at the several of the workshops. During the ceremony, Commissioner Levine Cava provided remarks about the importance of small businesses. Leadership with Commissioner Dennis Moss’s office also attended the ceremony held at the business located in District 9. The Caribbean-fusion restaurant evolved from Malcolm’s lifelong dream to open a restaurant.The Honorable Colin S. Mayers, Consul-General of Barbados in Miami, also attended. Read more about the academy.

South Dade Group Showcases Assets
The South Dade Solutions Summit 3 gathered elected officials and community leaders on Nov. 28 to discuss branding opportunities for the area including promoting the variety of experiences available. Some historical offerings include the Deering Estate, Coral Castle, the renovated Seminole Theater and the Gold Coast Railroad. The meeting sponsored by Community Newspapers included remarks by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Commissioner Dennis Moss, Rolando Aedo, Executive Vice President/CMO of Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau(GMCVB), Bruce Turkel, CEO/ECD of Turkel Brands and Rene Infante with the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade. 

Beacon Award Winner EcoTech Visions Launches Opens House 
More than 100 business people, government officials, community leaders and entrepreneurs attended the EcoTech Visions Open House recently. The Beacon Award Winner for Entrepreneurship EcoTech is among Miami’s first co-working space combined with green business incubator. The company supports 24 growing ecopreneur-driven Miami companies. EcoTech Visions is merging sustainability and tech by creating jobs, sustaining communities and protecting the planet. The company’s philosophy is that the solution for climate change is economic. The company is working to achieve its vision of an oxygen-surplus planet through sustainable companies and, at the same time, cross train the urban Miami workforce into green economy careers. The company is currently expanding to more shared and dedicated office space and a vertical farm. Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor Russell Benford (shown in photo above) and Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert were among the officials attending. Visit

First-Ever Regional “Public Transit Day” Friday, Dec. 9
This December ditch your car (for a day)! Two social-entrepreneurs – of Urban Impact Lab and Radical Partners – are teaming up to strengthen our region’s public transit system by embarking upon a regional “Public Transit Day”. They are urging public officials, community leaders, and residents in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm beach counties to take the pledge to use public transportation for the day. Public Transit Day is being co-hosted by local organizations and businesses committed to improving South Florida’s public transit system. 
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Publication Date: 
Monday, November 28, 2016
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Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2016 NEWSLETTER
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Did you know? 

Millennials (those born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s) are now the largest workforce contingent, just recently surpassing the GenXers
* 53.5 million millennials are in the workforce today, followed by 
* 52.7 million GenXers 
* 44.6 million Baby Boomers, and 
* 3.7 million Silents (those born between mid-to-late 1920s to early-to-mid-1940s)

*results of the 2016 Global Occupier Survey – CBRE

Miami-Dade Beacon Council in the News

Miami-Dade Beacon Council Announces Search Firm and Job Posting for Next CEO 

Potential 85 new jobs


Art Basel Miami Begins Dec. 1- 4
There’s an App…
The arts are an important economic industry, generating revenue, creating jobs and developing communities. Find the latest info about Art Basel Miami Beach, with the Miami Herald’s Art Finder Miami AppThe Art Finder Miami App was developed by the Jefferson Institute through a generous grant from the Knight Foundation.

Fashion and art collide in Narciso Rodriguez exhibition
Headlining the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum’s Art Basel Season for 2016, Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism is the first-ever museum solo exhibition by Cuban-American fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez. The exhibition is on view through Jan. 8.

Join the Miami office of BDO USA for our complimentary Year-End Accounting and Tax Update! 
Thursday, Dec. 1
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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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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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