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One Community One Goal 2018 Report to the Community-Program

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About One Community One Goal (OCOG)

The purpose of One Community One Goal is to provide Miami-Dade County with a roadmap for its future economic development success.  It offers strategic recommendations aimed at creating an environment where significant job creation occurs with a focus on new higher-paying jobs in target industries.  It is a community-wide effort that provides a unified vision for long-term economic growth in Miami-Dade County.

About The Miami-Dade Beacon Council

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council is Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership. The not-for-profit public-private organization focuses on job creation and economic growth. Since 1985, the organization has assisted more than 1,000 businesses that have created nearly 70,000 direct jobs and added more than $4.6 billion in new capital investments. It accomplishes this by marketing Miami-Dade as a world-class business location, growing local companies and fostering entrepreneurs, and shaping the County’s economic future.

To learn more about Advantage Miami, visit our new website.

 

 

One Community One Goal Champions Miami-Dade County’s Economy 2018 Report to the Community

Media Contact
Maria Teresa Garcia
Communications Manager
tgarcia@beaconcouncil.com

(Miami, FL) – July 23, 2018 –One Community One Goal (OCOG), Miami-Dade County’s long term strategic plan for economic growth, celebrates its sixth anniversary at this year’s Report to the Community. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 25th at Marlins Park. Keynote speaker Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce, will challenge the audience to focus on Miami’s path to prosperity by 2030.  This is an opportunity for the community to learn about the advantages of Miami, meet key companies that are driving the economic success, and build essential networks.

The foundation of One Community One Goal (OCOG) is the expansion and development of the seven (7) community priorities: physical infrastructure & resiliency, entrepreneurship & innovation, education & workforce development, business climate & policy, target industries, economic development marketing and leadership. These priorities are the necessary elements needed to enhance Miami-Dade’s successful business environment.

“We are experiencing one of the best periods of economic prosperity in our county’s history. One Community One Goal is working and we are all seeing the benefits of using a community-wide economic strategy to grow Miami-Dade’s economy,” stated OCOG Co-Chair and Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos Giménez.

“What an advantage One Community One Goal has been to Miami’s economy.  Every year we seem to watch the number of jobs being created go up and the unemployment rate go down” said OCOG Co-Chair, Penny Shaffer, PhD South Florida Market President for Florida Blue.

“What’s exciting is that One Community One Goal provides us with a roadmap and a focus that brings our community’s key economic drivers into alignment and moves them forward in the same direction,” said OCOG Co-Chair Maria C. Alonso, President & CEO of the United Way of Miami-Dade County.

According to EMSI, since 2012, there has been an 18% increase in job growth in the seven target industries representing over 67,015 jobs in aviation, banking & finance, creative design, hospitality & tourism, life sciences & healthcare, technology, and trade and logistics.

“These are very positive job statistics,” said Rick Beasley, Executive Director of CareerSource South Florida. “Add these job creation numbers to the latest statistics that show the present unemployment rate in Miami-Dade County which is at 4.0%, the lowest since the last recession. It’s also important we continue to invest in developing our workforce to protect our intellectual capital and build the talent pipeline.”

“While we remain focused on creating high paying jobs and building a world-class educational ecosystem, One Community One Goal is expanding its platform to include solutions for community-wide challenges such as workforce/affordable housing, resiliency, and talent enhancement.” said Michael Finney, Miami-Dade Beacon Council President & CEO.

Click here to register to the event. We also want to thank our Title sponsor CareerSource South Florida and all of our other sponsors of the 7th Annual One Community One Goal Report to the Community for supporting the One Community One Goal initiative and the success of Miami-Dade County: Miami Marlins, Miami-Dade County, Miami Herald, American Airlines, JP Morgan Chase & Co.,  First Bank, Florida Blue, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), Wells Fargo, Baptist Health South Florida, Carlton Fields, Compass, TD Bank, EWM Real Estate, FPL, Sun Trust, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Miami Lighthouse for the Blind.

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About One Community One Goal (OCOG)

The purpose of One Community One Goal is to provide Miami-Dade County with a roadmap for its future economic development success.  It offers strategic recommendations aimed at creating an environment where significant job creation occurs with a focus on new higher-paying jobs in target industries.  It is a community-wide effort that provides a unified vision for long-term economic growth in Miami-Dade County.

About The Miami-Dade Beacon Council

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council is Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership. The not-for-profit public-private organization focuses on job creation and economic growth. Since 1985, the organization has assisted more than 1,000 businesses that have created nearly 70,000 direct jobs and added more than $4.6 billion in new capital investments. It accomplishes this by marketing Miami-Dade as a world-class business location, growing local companies and fostering entrepreneurs, and shaping the County’s economic future.

To learn more about Advantage Miami, visit our new website.

 

 

Introducing Business Continuity Initiative for the 2018 Hurricane Season

Media Contact
Maria Teresa Garcia
Communications Manager
tgarcia@beaconcouncil.com

(Miami, FL) – May 31, 2018 – The Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the county’s official public-private economic development partnership introduces the 2018 Business Continuity plan, designed to keep new and existing businesses operational during this hurricane season. This plan is part of the One Community One Goal initiative to support community resiliency and evolved from last year’s HRBA (Hurricane Recovery Business Assistance) initiative that was implemented after Hurricane Irma.

According to FEMA, 40% of businesses never survive the economic impact of a severe storm, this year’s Business Continuity effort is focused on arming new and existing local business with the right tools enabling them to prepare and recover quickly from a major storm.

The new and revised disaster toolkit will also be an important resource that provides valuable information to business owners from access to capital to post-storm recovery statistics, full of data and links.

“The FEMA data on the survival of businesses after a storm is of special importance to Miami-Dade County, since we lead the nation in the number of startups. Businesses are the most vulnerable during their first year of existence, so, for them and all of the other at-risk small business owners in our area, we took the initiative to help improve their survival rate,” said Miami-Dade Beacon Council President & CEO Michael Finney.

To kick off the 2018 hurricane season the Miami-Dade Beacon Council along with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at FIU, Miami-Dade County, and FIU’s Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center will be hosting two business continuity & disaster preparedness webinars for business owners who want to take a proactive approach on being prepared for the Hurricane Season.

  • Disaster Recovery Funding Webinar June 1st, 2018
  • Business Continuity & Disaster Preparedness Webinar June 19th, 2018

In addition to the webinars, below is a compendium of links of additional resources businesses need to survive a hurricane:

  • For a list of preparedness resources, please click here;
  • For information regarding the Florida SBDC’s Business Continuation services and Bizaster app, pleaseclick here;
  • The state’s official source of information for individuals and businesses from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, click here;
  • The 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday, June 1 and extends through Thursday, June 7. To learn more about the holiday and qualifying items, please click here;
  • For a hurricane preparedness checklist and other resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), please click here;
  • International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Disaster Recovery Resources to the Economic Development Professions, click here;
  • FEMA preparedness planning checklist for your business, click here.

“Local business storm victims have been an untold story. When business owners struggle providing their families with necessities like food, water and shelter, meeting the demands of maintaining a successful business becomes a secondary priority. This initiative will allow businesses in Miami-Dade to be prepared prior to the storm and remain open for business once the disaster hits,” said Sheri Colas-Gervais, Vice President, Economic Development & Urban Initiatives at the Miami-Dade Beacon Council. “The input from the small business community is of great value to us as we continue to provide the necessary information necessary for local businesses.”

Colas-Gervais said the Business Continuity Plan is a dynamic program that will change and evolve as needed by the Miami-Dade business community.

ABOUT THE MIAMI-DADE BEACON COUNCIL

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council is Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership. The not-for-profit public-private organization focuses on job creation and economic growth. Since 1985, the organization has assisted more than 1,000 businesses that have created nearly 70,000 direct jobs and added more than $4.6 billion in new capital investments. It accomplishes this by marketing Miami-Dade as a world-class business location, growing local companies and fostering entrepreneurs, and shaping the County’s economic future.