One Community One Goal Drives Innovation in Miami

One Community One Goal Drives Innovation in Miami

The Beacon Council’s One Community One Goal Annual Report to the Community brings together community, business and academic leaders for the yearly update on the progress and achievements of the community-wide strategic initiative for economic growth and prosperity. 

The agenda includes a panel of trail blazers and entrepreneurs who will share cutting-edge innovations in education and government. Tim Rowe, Founder and CEO of the Cambridge Innovation Center and a national thought leader in the start-up community, will provide insights into innovative cities of the future and why CIC chose to locate in Miami. 

One Community One Goal is helping to drive Miami-Dade’s efforts to stimulate job growth, advance Miami’s global business environment and create long-term sustainable growth in Miami-Dade County.

Come join us and be part of this community-wide innovation event to foster collaboration, productivity and prosperity in our community. The event details are as follows:

Thursday, July 21, 2016
8 – 8:45 a.m. * Registration and Networking
8:45 – 11 a.m. * Program

University of Miami Donna E. Shalala Student Center
1330 Miller Drive, Miami, FL 33146


RSVP by July 19 (limited seating)



The Beacon Council Board Retreat Features World-Class Economic Development 

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez highlighted Miami-Dade initiatives helping to make Miami a World-Class Community — the theme of the day at The Beacon Council’s yearly board retreat held July 14 at the Florida International University School of Business. Mayor Gimenez discussed the County’s recent success in growing the economy with 150,000 private sector jobs created in the last five years. He shared the good news about the significant investments made at PortMiami and Miami International Airport — two of the County’s largest economic engines,  to ensure that our community continues to see job growth and economic expansion. PortMiami welcomed its first post-Panamax “big ship” last week while the airport continues to diversify and grow with its recent designation as a Pharma Hub, only the second in the world.  

Mayor Gimenez also discussed how the county is working to address sea-level rise and climate change with a multi-billion dollar investment in the water & sewer infrastructure to prepare for the effects. He also highlighted Miami-Dade’s recent designation as one of Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities- chosen from hundreds of applicants. 


Economic Development at Work: 

Miami-Dade’s Tech Sector to bring 300 jobs and $4 million in New Capital Investment

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council announces the recruitment of two new tech-related companies to the area and the major expansion of an existing technology business. The three companies combined will bring more than $4 million dollars in new capital investment and more than 300 new jobs to the County within three years.

“Miami-Dade has the talent and the multi-cultural workforce tech companies are looking for to establish and expand their businesses domestically and internationally,” said Larry K. Williams, President & CEO of The Beacon Council.
“We are laser-focused on growing our tech sector by helping companies get better connected to each other and the assets, such as universities and industry, that drive innovation.”
The Beacon Council provided services to these companies including:
* Key information and guidance on selecting a new location
* Assistance in expediting permitting and licensing procedures
* High-level research and marketing analysis, and
* Information on labor and training programs
The latest tech companies growing in Miami-Dade County include:

  • Tecnocom USA -This Spanish IT Services company is opening an office in Coral Gables adding 50 jobs and $2 million in new capital investment within three years. Tecnocom is involved in high-level technological services in banking payment systems and public and private sector automated networks. Tecnocom is planning on opening a 3,500 square foot facility.
  • Westernacher & Partner Consulting-This is a German-based company that implements business and IT strategies using the SAP customer relations system (Systems, Applications and Products), a software that allows businesses to track customer and business interactions. This global IT consulting firm is setting up offices in Miami-Dade County as a base to expand into the Latin American market adding 20 jobs and investing $10,000 within three years.
  • Topp Solutions- This company develops, remanufactures and distributes consumer electronics and offers repair services to cellular manufacturers and operators. Topp Solutions is adding more than 200 new jobs and will spend $2 million in new capital investment within three years as it moves its facility from Doral to the West End Innovation District in the West Kendall area.


Miami’s Global Business Assets Presented to Delegation from Chile

Mario Sarrat, BCI Head of International Division; Fernando Garcia-Huidobro, Chilean Construction Chamber President, International Commission; Beacon Council Mario Sacasa SVP International and Manuel Alfero Ghio, BCI Holding Company Head of Infrastructure & Energy. Photo is courtesy of BCI Bank.


Miami-Dade’s business assets as a global business destination and Beacon Council services were presented during a two-day business conference at BCI Bank. The Chilean Construction Chamber Delegation, led by Fernando Garcia-Huidobro, includes some of the largest developers and builders in Chile. The group visited Miami in order to witness first-hand what is going on in the construction industry in Miami-Dade and also to learn about the advantages of doing business in Florida with Miami as a point of entry. The BCI Bank, which recently acquired City National Bank, hosted the incoming delegation from Chile and many speakers participated in the two-day event which also included the collaboration of the Chilean Consulate General in Miami and the Chilean Promotion Agency Pro Chile. Mario Sacasa with the Miami-Dade Beacon Council presented information about Miami-Dade’s business assets along with other guest speakers.


FIU receives $25 million in state funds for improving graduation rate, helping students secure jobs

FIU’s efforts to improve graduation rates and prepare students for high-paying 21st century careers will translate into $25 million in performance funds for the 2016-2017 year. The amount is FIU’s latest award for excellence or improvement on the metrics put forward in 2014 by the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System of Florida. The Governor and Legislature codified the Board’s metrics into law in 2016 and directed $500 million toward the model, including a $225 million state investment that universities matched with $275 million. 

Read more.


NW 25 Street Viaduct Opens

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six has opened the NW 25 Street Viaduct in the City of Doral. The viaduct, an elevated bridge over NW 25 Street, will allow cargo traffic to connect from NW 25 Street at NW 82 Avenue directly to the Miami International Airport (MIA) West Cargo Area at NW 22 Street and NW 68 Avenue. The viaduct not only benefits the cargo community and MIA, but it also enhances commuter travel on NW 25 Street by separating cargo traffic destined to and from the west cargo area from those daily commuters on NW 25 Street. For more information, call Construction Public Information Specialist Oscar Gonzalez at (786) 280-0983 or the FDOT Public Information Office at (305) 470-5349.








Creative Design Award: NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is building its new global headquarters, adding 150 new jobs and investing more than $250 million, in Miami-Dade County. The Beacon Council worked with the company for three years evaluating potential sites and negotiating a $3 million Miami-Dade County Targeted Jobs Incentive Fund (TJIF) package in cooperation with Enterprise Florida, Governor Rick Scott’s office and Miami-Dade County. Equipped with the latest production technology, the new headquarters will be an advanced television production facility.


On September 15th and 16th this year in the recently inaugurated EAST hotel in Miami, will be hosting a Forum with a regional mission. The LATAM LEADERS FORUM: Building a New Road Map for Sustainable Growth will bring together the region’s most influential Business  and Public Sector Leaders and Entrepreneurs to SPEAK, CONNECT AND THINK about how to generate sustainable growth for Latin America and the companies doing business in the region.

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GIS Website Features Available Properties

The Beacon Council and Miami-Dade County website features available vacant industrial and commercial properties. It is based on user-defined criteria for Miami-Dade County utilizing geographically based demographic and business information. 

It also enables commercial real estate brokers to register and highlight available parcels. Listings are provided at no cost and reach a targeted audience including Site Selectors/Consultants, Real Estate Developers, and businesses pursuing new opportunities in Miami-Dade County. Listings are featured regularly in this newsletter.  Contact Stephannie Cetoute,
Manager, Research & Strategic Planning,


 Featured listing of the week:


Harbour Centre @ Aventura

·         Address: 18851 NE 29th Avenue

·         City: Aventura

·         County: Miami-Dade County

·         Zip Code: 33180

·         Type: Office Building

·         Min Size:2,652 sqft

·         Max Size:4,280 sqft






Publication Date: 
Monday, July 18, 2016
Publication Date Long: 
July 18-24, 2016 NEWSLETTER
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Did you know?

One Community One Goal’s five-year goal of reaching 27,000 target industry jobs in 2017 was surpassed by 18,000 jobs this year. Nearly 45,000 target industry jobs were created from 2012 to 2016.


The Beacon Council in the News

New Expanding Tech Companies to Add 300 Jobs

Miami Today


Miami, un gran lugar para vivir y trabajar (Miami – a great place to live and work)

El Nuevo Herald


Brain Drain, Fact or Fiction?

Miami Today


Pipes in Homestead

Miami Today


Public company seeks county incentives to build

$65M facility

South Florida Business Journal


UPS seeks Miami-Dade County incentives to build
$65 million facility in Florida

Atlanta Business Chronicle


How Filthy Food is raising the bar on cocktail garnishes

Miami Herald





The Idea Center Workshops & Events for Small Businesses


To see and participate in upcoming events for small businesses / entrepreneurs at the The Idea Center @ Miami Dade College


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Bottom Side: 

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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