Record Number of Attendees Participate in One Community One Goal Annual Report to the Community
So much for summer doldrums. The One Community One Goal Annual Report to the Community surpassed all of its previous attendance records and showed even greater support from businesses and their leaders for the strategic planning initiative to diversify and strengthen Miami-Dade’s economy. There was equally strong showing of support from public officials, students and non profits.
This true community-wide effort reflects the best of Miami. Dozens of public and private organizations are contributing to its overall success through their work in one or more of the seven categories. The activities and results show great promise. A few examples:
Economic Development at Work
Spanish Companies add $3.5 million in New Capital Investment and 81 jobs to Miami-Dade
Miami-Dade’s Beacon Council is pleased to announce that three Spanish companies have opened new locations in Miami-Dade County. They are: Sankara, Zemsania and Grupo Las Rosas. Combined, these three companies will bring more than $3.5 million in new capital investment to the County and 81 new jobs.
“Miami provides a ‘soft-landing’ for Spanish companies looking for an entryway to the U.S. and Latin America,” said Miami-Dade Beacon Council Chair Ernie Diaz, Regional President for TD Bank in Florida. “Spain is a top foreign direct investment partner. Our shared language and cultural similarities pave the way for Spanish companies.”
Miami-Dade Beacon Council assisted these companies with location services including: 1) strategic referrals and contacts with public and private sector decision makers; 2) advice relating to selecting office locations and; 3) tactical research & marketing analysis.
Zemsania – This Spanish IT Company provides outsourcing services worldwide. The 12-year-old company opened a new location in Coral Gables adding 60 jobs and $300,000 in capital investment within three years. They currently employ more than 900 tech professionals in eight countries.
Grupo Las Rosas– This Spanish company specializes in creating decorative and architectural elements for new construction and renovation projects. The company opened a new location in Coral Gables that will add 14 new jobs and $3 million in new capital investment within three years. Projects include work for the Hotel Versailles de Faena in Miami Beach, inspired by the film “The Great Gatsby” and the Saxony Hotel by Faena, evoking Miami’s golden age.
Sankara –This Spanish corporate events agency opened its first U.S. office in Miami adding 7 jobs and $250,000 capital investment within three years. The company has more than 10 years of experience and produces more than 150 events per year.
Greater Miami and The Beaches Travel and Tourism Industry
OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
With the recent headlines regarding the likelihood of local transmission of the Zika virus in a small area of Miami-Dade County, there are many questions regarding what this means for visitors to our destination. Notable in the New York Times is the quote by Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention: “health authorities are not advising people to stay away from the [Wynwood] neighborhood.”
“Greater Miami and The Beaches is open for business,” says William D. Talbert, III, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB). “It is the time of year visitors enjoy the excellent events and accommodations offered throughout our destination, including Miami Spa, Miami Spice and so much more.”
“Hotels are encouraged to continue support of Miami-Dade County’s mosquito control efforts, especially the Drain and Cover program,” adds Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO of the Greater Miami and The Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA).
Miami Herald Publisher and Ryder CEO Lead United Way of Miami-Dade
In Miami-Dade County, more than 350 workplaces will engage in unique events such as pulling planes, volunteering at older adult centers, dressing up as superheroes, starring in talent shows or hosting bake sales to build a stronger Miami through United Way of Miami-Dade. Alexandra Villoch, president and publisher of the Miami Herald Media Company, and Robert Sanchez, chairman and CEO of Ryder System, Inc., will be at the foundation of this endeavor.
Cybersecurity Leadership & Strategy
Executive Certificate Program at FIU
In this 2-day advanced certificate program, participants will engage academics, industry leaders, and security professionals in assessing the most critical cyber threats facing the public and private sectors in the 21st century. Participants will learn best practices about organizational structures, processes, and legal considerations. Participants will also be exposed to strategies and the most effective approaches to implementing strategies in the workplace. Upon completion of the program, participants will earn an Executive Certificate in Cybersecurity Leadership and Strategy from Florida International University.
Beacon Council members will receive a 15 percent discount when registering with the following code FIUCYBER2016BEACONCOUNCIL.
MIA Receives High Marks for Financial Health
America’s leading bond rating agencies reaffirmed Miami International Airport’s financial health last week. Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings each assigned “A” rating and stable outlook, while Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigned an “AA-” rating and stable outlook to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s $740 million Series 2016 A&B aviation revenue refunding bonds, as well as the outstanding $5.52 billion in aviation revenue bonds. Market rates in August are expected to realize more than $75 million in net present value savings on debt related to capital improvements at MIA.
Chairman’s Award: Baptist Health
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with seven hospitals: Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. It encompasses nearly 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, the Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence. Recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, the not-for-profit, faith-based Baptist Health is the largest private employer in Miami-Dade County with more than 16,000 full and part-time employees and 2,400 affiliated physicians.
On September 15th and 16th this year in the recently inaugurated EAST hotel in Miami, BNamericas.com 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.
GIS Website Features Available Properties
The Beacon Council and Miami-Dade County websitewww.miamidadesites.com 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:
Costa Corporate Center
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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
The 2016 BioFlorida Annual Conference
The 2016 BioFlorida Annual Conference is taking place in Jacksonville this year at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront. The two-day Conference & Expo attracts the largest and most prestigious life sciences community in the state, and it is at this conference that attendees will connect with more than 400 life science professionals from Florida and throughout the country.
When: Sunday through Tuesday, October 9-11th
Source: Old Beacon Site