Record Attendance at One Community One Goal Annual Report to the Community

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.
The 611 attendees included 458 companies, 42 cities, and 129 C level leaders. These numbers reflect significant increases from last year’s 500+ person event.   

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:

  • The United Way and the Urban League hosted a panel of entrepreneurs addressing career paths for students. Participants included more than 100 students from Miami Northwestern, Miami Central, Stellar Leadership Academy and D. A. Dorsey Technical College.  
  • Miami-Dade County, The Miami Foundation, City of Miami and the City of Miami Beach successfully applied to the Rockefeller Foundation to become designated one of the 100 Resilient Cities.
  • Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s Aviation Committee together with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will be organizing the “2017 Wings of Change” in Miami. This is an aviation industry symposium that will bring greater awareness to the aviation industry in Miami-Dade by convening thought leaders from across the industry to discuss issues impacting the industry and its continued growth.
  • The Talent Development Network (TDN), a single online platform for employers to post internship opportunities for students was launched in April 2015. It is spearheaded by FIU with the other ALC partners. To date, about a 1,000 students are registered, 350 internships posted, and more than 100 students placed in internships.
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools organized its first JP Morgan Chase Foundation funded two-day target industry camp for Trade & Logistics during which students were exposed to careers in that industry. 
  • The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau formed a group known as “The Fighting 502’s” to secure passage of the tax to support the renovation and expansion of the convention center to remain competitive and attract new meetings and conventions.


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

Zika Update

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 
Annual Campaign

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, 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 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
  • Address: 3389 NW 97 Avenue
  • City: Miami
  • County: Miami-Dade County
  • Zip Code: 33178
  • Type: Class A
  • Min Size:9,500 sqft
  • Max Size:9,500 sqft


Publication Date: 
Monday, August 1, 2016
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August 1-7, 2016 NEWSLETTER
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The Beacon Council in the News
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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
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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
Register Here.


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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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