Past Chairs Meet to Discuss Miami-Dade Economy

Past Chairs Meet to Discuss
Miami-Dade Economy

First Row (L to R): Alexandra Villoch, George Foyo, Mario del Valle, Adolfo Henriques, Sidney Levin, Merrett R. Stierheim, Governor Jeb Bush, Burton Landy, Carol Wyllie and Modesto Maideique, Ph.D. Second Row (L to R): Benjamin J. Mollere, Joseph W. Pallot, Calixto Garcia-Velez, Ernie Diaz, Jaret Davis, Neisen Kasdin, Angel Medina Jr., Donna Abood, Alan Becker and Larry K. Williams. 



The Beacon Council’s Past Chairs met to discuss ways to continue to increase jobs and investment in Miami-Dade County.”Our leadership is a who’s who of Miami’s past, present and future business and community leaders. Every time we get together, I am impressed with the incredible passion, insights and dedication they have for Miami-Dade County, and the important work of economic development,” said Larry K. Williams, President & CEO.


Free Trade Zone Workshop Provides Assistance to Local Businesses

The Beacon Council partnered with PortMiami and the Miami Free Zone to provide a Free Trade Zone (FTZ) workshop on June 2. FTZs are a special area where companies can import materials, manufacture goods, export products, without being limited by the usual rules and taxes. The FTZ program has proven to be a successful trade program by consistently creating and retaining jobs and capital investment.
Florida has the second largest network of FTZ grantees in the country (#1 was Texas). Florida was ranked #3 in the nation for exports from warehouse/distribution facilities (#1 was Texas, #2 was South Carolina) and Miami had two FTZ grantees ranked in the Top 15 for exports from warehouse/distribution facilities (#11 was FTZ 281 and #15 was FTZ 32). 

The workshop included three panels of experts that advised the attendees on the advantages and the processes for FTZs. The Beacon Council Trade & Logistics Committee launched the workshop meant to help local businesses grow. 

The Beacon Council thanks Richard de Villiers with PortMiami, moderator Ken Roberts with WorldCity and the panelists:  

– Gary Goldfarb, Interport and Co-Chair of Trade & Logisitics Committee
– Jorge Suarez, Miami Free Zone (also representing FTZ 32)
– Eric Olafson, PortMiami-FTZ 281
– Les Pantin, PortMiami- FTZ 281
– Ed Redlich, ComReal (representing Vision Council-FTZ 166)
– Emir Pineda, MIA
– Lenny Feldman, Sandler Travis & Rosenberg

– Liane Ventura, GMCC -FTZ 32

Thank you to our sponsors PortMiami, MIA, ComReal, Prologis

and FTZ World Services.

Read more at PortMiami’s link below.


The Beacon Council Banking Committee Welcomes Florida Bankers Association President 

The Beacon Council Banking Committee welcomed Alejandro “Alex” Sanchez President & CEO, Florida Bankers Association, as quest speaker June 3. Sanchez mentioned how Miami is the banking capital of Florida with the largest concentration of domestic and international banks on the east coast south of New York. Sanchez spoke frankly about the challenges facing the banking industry at every level, particularly within the regulatory system. He emphasized the need to have the ability to offer international clients the ability to use banks in the United States as opposed to them going to other countries for their banking needs. He thanked The Beacon Council for its mission to bring high paying jobs to Miami-Dade County as is also necessary throughout the nation. 

Larry K. Williams, President & CEO, The Beacon Council, provided welcoming remarks citing Miami-Dade’s leading the state in financial jobs. Roberto Muñoz, Committee Chair, talked about BBVA compass and how he is celebrating his 37th year of banking. The Beacon Council Chair Ernie Diaz, Regional President Florida, TD Bank, also discussed the importance of providing paid internships. One of the committee’s objectives is to increase the number of paid internships in its industry.


Uber Miami Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary

Stanley Rigaud, Manager of International Economic Development, The Beacon Council; Rachel Johnson, Grassroots Marketing Manager, Uber Miami; Kasra Moshkani, General Manager, Uber Miami; and Lyndi Bowman, Director of Economic Development, The Beacon Council.


On June 1, The Beacon Council joined other leaders of Miami’s business community in celebrating Uber’s two-year anniversary. Uber has provided South Florida residents and visitors not only with safe rides but also an alternative mode of transportation that was much-needed as Miami continues to grow and attract new companies to the area. Thanks to both the support of Miami-Dade County’s business community and the Board of County Commissioners, as of May 2016, Uber and other ride-sharing companies now operate legally in our community. The Beacon Council commends Uber for being at the forefront of using tech to help solve day-to-day challenges, and helping to make Miami attractive for more tech-enabled and innovative companies to call Miami home. Congratulations.


Doing Business With the Military

Military Miami-Dade, a program of The Beacon Council, hosted the 2016 Doing Business with the Military event on May 20 at the Airport Hilton. Miami-Dade Commissioner José “Pepe” Diaz, chair of the Military Affairs Board, provided remarks at the event and emphasized the economic impact of the military and acknowledged his own military service. He challenged the audience to become a part of the support system for our local military. The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams welcomed the attendees and said the military’s economic impact exceeds $5.5 million annually and adds more than 56,000 jobs with an annual salary of more than $70,000. Diana Gonzalez, Enterprise Florida Senior Vice President, presenting the statewide impact of the military. According to the 2015 Florida Defense Factbook the military’s impact on the state reached $79.8 billion or 9.5 percent of the gross state product and generates nearly 775,000 jobs. 

Lawanda Wright Robinson, Technical Assistance Coordinator for Miami-Dade County’s Small Business Development Division, presented an overview of the many services available through her division. Julio Piti, with CareerSource South Florida, outlined the resources available including a career specialist staffed at HARB and Southcom dedicated to assisting the military spouses seeking employment. The event included the opportunity to meet one-on one with the 20 military support organizations. Thank you to the many groups who volunteered to make this opportunity available to the small business community. See list.


The Beacon Council Committees Discuss Job Preparedness with Academic Leaders Council Reps

As part of the One Community One Goal strategic initiative, The Beacon Council Committees are meeting with representatives of the Academic Leaders Council to talk about job-preparedness for college students. Recently, The Creative Design Committee met with the group and discussed easing the transition from college to careers by requiring students take courses in job-preparedness. They emphasized traits such as tenacity and perseverance and the need to go beyond an online applications when seeking employment. They said students need to learn soft skills early on and be exposed to people outside of their environment. The group discussed the importance of networking and thinking outside the box. They spoke about the power of meeting someone one-on-one and how companies are looking for someone who is passionate about their careers. 


Miami-Dade Schools Launch Paid Summer Internship Program 

The Miami-Dade Public School System announced its paid summer internship program for its students to gain work experience at local companies. The students will be paid during their internship through a grant. Therefore there is no cost to the participating company. The grant will also cover liability insurance to further reduce the impact on the employer. This is a great opportunity for companies to have a motivated student work on a project and for students to learn about their chosen field. Read more.Fill out form. 


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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:


1000 SE 8th Street

·         Address: 1000 SE 8th Street

·         City: Hialeah

·         County: Miami-Dade County

·         Zip Code: 33010

·         Type: Flex, Research and Development, Other,

·         Class A, Manufacturing, Distribution Warehouse 

·         Min Size:250,000 sqft

·         Max Size:250,000 sqft







Publication Date: 
Monday, June 6, 2016
Publication Date Long: 
June 6-12, 2016 NEWSLETTER
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Did you know?

Miami-Dade County has the third largest cluster of logistics & distribution establishments in the U.S. with companies like Ryder Systems, Landstar Systems and CEVA logistics.


The Trade & Logistics Industry includes nearly 2,400 companies that employ more than 31,000 people in our community. 


The Beacon Council in the News

TD Bank’s Ernie Diaz on the relationships that

matter most

South Florida Business Journal


Q&A with EcoTech Visions’ Pandwe Gibson_ Going green from ground up 

Miami Herald




Save the Date

The Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce “My Miami” Event

@East Miami Hotel


5:30 to 8 pm

Wednesday, June 22

$50 Members

$75 Non-members 




Save the Date

One Community One Goal Report to the Community Event

@University of Miami Donna E. Shalala Student Center 


8 to 11 a.m.

Thursday, July 21

Free admission




Save the Date

LATAM Leaders Forum

Building a new road map for sustainable growth


September 15-16



Read more.


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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