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Miami-Dade Beacon Council Announces Spanish Telecommunication Leader Expands Miami-Dade Operations Investing $9 million

December 1, 2016

(Miami, FL) Dec.1, 2016 – Spanish telecommunications giant, Telefonica, is expanding its Miami-Dade operations by adding 20 new high-skilled technology jobs and $9 million in new capital investments to its existing Miami-Dade County data center making it the only Uptime Institute Certified Tier III Facility in South Florida (Certification provides assurances that there are not shortfalls or weak links anywhere in the data center infrastructure.)

Telefonica USA, headquartered in Miami with 208 current employees, operates its Miami data center as the focal point for companies doing business between the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The data center supports multinational businesses who need to house – or colocate – their technology infrastructure in a secure, connected facility that meets the high-availability and rigorous operating standards set by the Uptime Institute, an independent industry organization. The KeyCenter™ – as its Miami data center is named – forms part of an interconnected series of Telefonica-owned and operated colocation facilities worldwide.

“The telecommunication industry has evolved radically – from an era when we used old analog phones – to having high-speed data, video streaming of digital content, and every one and every thing interconnected,” said Angel Barrio, CEO of Telefonica USA. “Today our customers are demanding more sophisticated services – like cloud computing and cyber security – from their service provider. Miami is a key juncture in our worldwide network and it has a workforce with the technological skills that are essential to working in an advanced data center environment. This expansion along with the Uptime Institute’s Tier III Facility Certification of our Miami KeyCenter™ satisfies the demands of our growing multinational client base.”

In this expansion process the Miami-Dade Beacon Council assisted Telefonica with business contacts and referrals including City and County officials and partnered with CareerSource South Florida to offer the company assistance in finding and training a skilled workforce.

“We have had a long, positive relationship with Telefonica during the years and know about their solid commitment to Miami-Dade County. They’ve hosted visits to their Madrid headquarters and innovation center during business development missions,” said Interim President & CEO of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council Sheldon T. Anderson. “They already have a workforce of 208 employees living and working here, and we are excited to be able to assist them as they grow their Miami-Dade operations.”

In addition to the KeyCenter™, Telefonica has Data Centers in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Germany and Spain. All connected via Telefonica’s own high-bandwidth network, these centers allow business clients to host and access data in multiple geographies. In a global era, these data centers are the core of the new digital enterprise.

Telefonica built and operates the 173,000 square foot KeyCenter™ in northwest Miami-Dade County. The company plans to expand that facility by another 10,000 feet in the next three years to increase capacity needed for future growth and the deployment of more Cloud Computing and IT services.

About 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 67,000 direct jobs and added more than $4.3 billion in new capital investments. It accomplishes this by marketing Miami-Dade as a world-class business location, growing local companies and shaping the local economy’s future. For more information, visit

www.beaconcouncil.com

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Advantage Miami 2017

Advantage Miami provides you and your clients/customers with trends and data – economic, demographic, financial, and more, needed to do business in Miami-Dade County and around the world. This year’s magazine features new charts, infographics, and lists to help readers better understand Miami’s most important business advantages.

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Miami-Dade's Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Level Since Recession

December 16, 2016

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Miami-Dade’s Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Level Since Recession

(Miami, FL – Dec. 16, 2016) – Miami-Dade’s unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent, the lowest rate since the recession, and payroll jobs reached a historical high of 1.16 million employed, according to statistics released Friday.

“Our target industries including banking and finance (financial activities) and trade and logistics (wholesale trade) continue to grow, providing higher paying jobs,” said Jaap Donath, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research & Strategic Planning for the Miami-Dade Beacon Council. “Our labor force grew compared to last month and last year, which shows continued confidence in the strength of our local economy,” 

The numbers analyzed

Miami-Dade County created 18,000 new nonagricultural payroll jobs (not seasonally adjusted), from November 2015 to November 2016 which was a 1.6 percent increase. Miami-Dade County continues to show year over year gains. Improvements in the non-farm payroll jobs can be found in a variety of sectors. Between October 2016 and November 2016, Miami-Dade County increased nonagricultural payroll jobs by 14,900 or a 1.3 percent increase. The nonagricultural payroll jobs reach a historical high at 1,163,700 people employed.

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Miami- Dade County was 5.0 in November 2016, which was a 0.6 percentage point decrease from November 2015 at 5.6 percent. The unemployment rate declined 0.3 percent between October 2016 and November 2016. The November 2016 unemployment rate of 5.0 percent was the lowest rate since the Great Recession began. The last time the unemployment rate was near 5.0 percent was in June 2008 when the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent.

In November 2016, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Miami-Dade County (taking seasonal fluctuations in the labor force into consideration) was 5.4 percent, which is 0.1 percentage points higher than October 2016 at 5.3 percent, and a 0.7 percentage point decrease from November 2015 at 6.1 percent.

From the data and analysis above, we see continued improvement in the local economy. Nevertheless, the community needs to remain focused on job-creation projects in targeted industries. These industries have been identified as the Miami-Dade County industries most able to create additional well-paying job opportunities, leading to an improved quality of life for Miami-Dade County residents. The Miami-Dade Beacon Council continues to aggressively work on attracting new companies to our community and work on the expansion and retention of existing business. For more information, visit www.beaconcouncil.com.

The job creation numbers are derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employment Statistics Program (CES), and only account for non-farm payroll jobs. However, the unemployment rates are derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (LAUS), which includes farm payroll jobs as well as self-employed workers.

In addition, the federal government typically conducts interviews in sample households to determine the unemployment rate. Miami-Dade County is one of six metropolitan areas in the United States that uses a different method solely based on a statistical model derived from several data sets.

* The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is unavailable at the time this report was composed.

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 67,000 direct jobs and added more than $4.3 billion in new capital investments. It accomplishes this by marketing Miami-Dade as a world-class business location, growing local companies and shaping the local economy’s future. For more information, visit www.beaconcouncil.com

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Miami-Dade Mayor Presents Bright Future for Local Economy

Miami-Dade Mayor Presents 
Bright Future for Local Economy

 

Newly re-elected Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez presented his vision of the future for the County during the 2016 Installation Ceremony on Nov. 22 held at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. 

“If we don’t have a vibrant economy, we don’t have a transportation problem,” he said. “Transportation issues – and how we solve those transportation issues – is going to be one of our top priorities in the next four years. This challenge isn’t easy. And it won’t be solved overnight. But it’s something we have to do for our children, and our grandchildren.” The ceremony was presented by Mayor Gimenez and the Board of County Commissioners. The webcast is available atwww.miamidade.gov/webcasting.

Small Business Academy Graduate
Fulfills Lifelong Dream
The owner of Island Monkey Market Place, a graduate of the District 8 Small Business Academy initiated and run by Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava in 2015, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently to celebrate its opening. Sheri Colas-Gervais, Vice President of Economic Development and Urban Initiatives at the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, met the CEO Rosalind Malcolm during an academy workshop and began working with the company assisting them with finding a location, providing data and strategic marketing as well as introducing them to business contacts. The District 8 Small Business Academy provides training and resources to local businesses so that entrepreneurs have the tools they need for success. The Miami-Dade Beacon Council partnered with Commissioner Levine Cava on the academy and presented at the several of the workshops. During the ceremony, Commissioner Levine Cava provided remarks about the importance of small businesses. Leadership with Commissioner Dennis Moss’s office also attended the ceremony held at the business located in District 9. The Caribbean-fusion restaurant evolved from Malcolm’s lifelong dream to open a restaurant.The Honorable Colin S. Mayers, Consul-General of Barbados in Miami, also attended. Read more about the academy.
 

South Dade Group Showcases Assets
The South Dade Solutions Summit 3 gathered elected officials and community leaders on Nov. 28 to discuss branding opportunities for the area including promoting the variety of experiences available. Some historical offerings include the Deering Estate, Coral Castle, the renovated Seminole Theater and the Gold Coast Railroad. The meeting sponsored by Community Newspapers included remarks by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Commissioner Dennis Moss, Rolando Aedo, Executive Vice President/CMO of Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau(GMCVB), Bruce Turkel, CEO/ECD of Turkel Brands and Rene Infante with the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade. 

Beacon Award Winner EcoTech Visions Launches Opens House 
More than 100 business people, government officials, community leaders and entrepreneurs attended the EcoTech Visions Open House recently. The Beacon Award Winner for Entrepreneurship EcoTech is among Miami’s first co-working space combined with green business incubator. The company supports 24 growing ecopreneur-driven Miami companies. EcoTech Visions is merging sustainability and tech by creating jobs, sustaining communities and protecting the planet. The company’s philosophy is that the solution for climate change is economic. The company is working to achieve its vision of an oxygen-surplus planet through sustainable companies and, at the same time, cross train the urban Miami workforce into green economy careers. The company is currently expanding to more shared and dedicated office space and a vertical farm. Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor Russell Benford (shown in photo above) and Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert were among the officials attending. Visit www.ecotechvisions.com

First-Ever Regional “Public Transit Day” Friday, Dec. 9
This December ditch your car (for a day)! Two social-entrepreneurs – of Urban Impact Lab and Radical Partners – are teaming up to strengthen our region’s public transit system by embarking upon a regional “Public Transit Day”. They are urging public officials, community leaders, and residents in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm beach counties to take the pledge to use public transportation for the day. Public Transit Day is being co-hosted by local organizations and businesses committed to improving South Florida’s public transit system. 
 
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Publication Date: 
Monday, November 28, 2016
Publication Date Long: 
Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2016 NEWSLETTER
Left Side: 
Did you know? 

Millennials (those born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s) are now the largest workforce contingent, just recently surpassing the GenXers
* 53.5 million millennials are in the workforce today, followed by 
* 52.7 million GenXers 
* 44.6 million Baby Boomers, and 
* 3.7 million Silents (those born between mid-to-late 1920s to early-to-mid-1940s)

*results of the 2016 Global Occupier Survey – CBRE

Miami-Dade Beacon Council in the News

Miami-Dade Beacon Council Announces Search Firm and Job Posting for Next CEO 

Potential 85 new jobs

UPCOMING EVENTS

Art Basel Miami Begins Dec. 1- 4
There’s an App…
 
The arts are an important economic industry, generating revenue, creating jobs and developing communities. Find the latest info about Art Basel Miami Beach, with the Miami Herald’s Art Finder Miami AppThe Art Finder Miami App was developed by the Jefferson Institute through a generous grant from the Knight Foundation.

Fashion and art collide in Narciso Rodriguez exhibition
Headlining the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum’s Art Basel Season for 2016, Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism is the first-ever museum solo exhibition by Cuban-American fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez. The exhibition is on view through Jan. 8.

INVESTOR NEWS: 
Join the Miami office of BDO USA for our complimentary Year-End Accounting and Tax Update! 
Thursday, Dec. 1
 
Read more.

Save the Date!
Wings of Change 2017 – Miami
 
An Aviation Conference Discussing Today’s Challenges and Tomorrow’s Opportunities 
 
Organized by IATA & Miami-Dade Beacon Council
May 2 & 3, 2017
Location: Ritz Carlton, Coconut Grove
 
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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Miami-Dade Beacon Council Partners with StartUP FIU to Help Grow Local Businesses

Innovation Showcase Connects Entrepreneurs to Corporate Community 
Emily Gresham, Co-Founder, StartUP FIU; Jaret L. Davis,  Miami-Dade Beacon Council Chair; Dyan Brasington, Executive Vice President for Economic Development; Sheldon Anderson, Interim President & CEO and Jeff Feldman, Board Member; represented the partnering organizations at the showcase. 
More than 200 attendees gathered at STR Miami in the Little River District Nov.15 to engage with innovators about products being developed locally. The Miami-Dade Beacon Council partnered with StartUP FIU to connect entrepreneurs and innovators and their new products and technologies to the local corporate community. The event sponsored by Carlton Fields was the first event showcasing the Council’s Connect & Grow Initiative which facilitates relationships between established companies and innovative entrepreneurs to help grow local businesses.
“We are creating a mutually beneficial synergy that will power existing businesses to new heights by employing innovations being fostered by forward-looking entrepreneurs,” said Miami-Dade Beacon Council Chair Jaret L. Davis, Greenberg Traurig Miami Co-Managing Shareholder.
Five Florida International University speakers shared their innovations and encouraged business leaders to work with them to help commercialize their concepts: 

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Tour for Chilean Journalists Highlights Miami’s Business Assets
Miami-Dade Beacon Council recently partnered with City National Bank to provide a familiarization tour for Chilean Journalists so that they understand the market and opportunities. Ten journalists from some of Chile’s most important media outlets toured PortMiami and the PAMM, attended an international advisory council meeting and a roundtable discussion with Miami-Dade business leaders. 
BCI made the largest single investment in the U.S. by a Chilean company when it purchased City National Bank for almost $1 billion about one year ago. This purchase was one of the largest M&A deals of the year. BCI has had a presence in Miami for nearly 15 years, with its Miami branch. It also recently opened BCI Securities in Miami. This is all part of BCI’s internationalization strategy. 
The tour was an effort to help the Chilean business media learn more about South Florida, BCI and City National Bank. The media outlets involved include El Mercurio, La Cuarta, Bloomberg Chile, La Hora. 
Participants included: 
  • BCI’s CEO Eugenio Von Chrismar
  • City National Bank’s CEO Jorge Gonzalez
  • Eddie Dominguez and Maria Suarez both with City National Bank; 
  • Xavier Gonzalez, CEO, eMerge Americas; 
  • Donna Abood, Principal and Managing Director, Avison Young and Past Chair of Miami-Dade Beacon Council; 
  • Sheldon Anderson, Interim President & CEO, Miami-Dade Beacon Council; 
  • Jaret Davis, Greenberg Traurig Miami Co-Managing Shareholder, and Chair of Miami-Dade Beacon Council; 
  • Michael Fay, Managing Director, Avison Young; 
  • Dan Mackler, Shareholder, Gunster and Secretary of Miami-Dade Beacon Council; 
  • Chair of the International Advisory Committee Olga Ramudo, Express Travel;  
  • Chair Elect Roberto Muñoz, BBVA; 
  • and Miami-Dade Beacon Council Staff: Mario Sacasa and Pamela Fuertes-Berti.
 

Congratulations to Miami Dade College President for highest civilian honor from U.S. President
Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on November 22. This is the nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

During his more than four decade career, President Padrón has been one of the most effective national voices for access and inclusion. He has created a culture of success at Miami Dade College (MDC) while elevating it to a position of international prominence. He has worked tirelessly to ensure all students have access to high quality, affordable education, producing impressive results in student access, retention and overall achievement. Today the College enrolls and graduates more minority students than any other institution in the United States. He has championed innovative teaching and learning strategies making MDC a national model of excellence while preparing students for the 21st century global knowledge economy.

 

Yearly Job Growth Increase Continues in Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade added 1.4 percent job growth (15,300) from October 2015 to October 2016 with increases in a variety of sectors, according to statistics released Friday. 
“The Miami-Dade Economy continues to demonstrate significant resiliency in employment creation, despite strong ‘head-winds’ from sluggish growth in the global economy and recessionary conditions in top trade partners,” said Tony Villamil, Chair of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council Economic Roundtable. 

 
The numbers analyzed
Miami-Dade County created 15,300 new nonagricultural payroll jobs (not seasonally adjusted), from October 2015 to October 2016 which was a 1.4 percent increase. Miami-Dade County continues to show year over year gains. Improvements in the non-farm payroll jobs can be found in a variety of sectors. Between September 2016 and October 2016, Miami-Dade County increased nonagricultural payroll jobs by 6,900 or a 0.6 percent increase.
The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Miami- Dade County was 5.4 in October 2016, which was a 0.6 percentage point decrease from October 2015 at 6.0 percent. From October 2016 was 0.2 percentage decrease from September, which was at 5.6 percent.
In October 2016, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Miami-Dade County (taking seasonal fluctuations in the labor force into consideration) was 5.3 percent, which is 0.1 percentage points higher than September 2016 at 5.2 percent, and a 0.8 percentage point decrease from October 2015 at 6.0 percent.

HCP/Aboard Publishing, One of the Nation’s Premier Custom Publishers, Relaunches as HCP Media
HCP/Aboard Publishing, a subsidiary of McClatchy with clients throughout the United States, Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean, announced it has changed the name of the company and is re-launching under the brand HCP Media. The move comes as the company diversifies its capabilities to provide a wider array of products and services to its international client base. Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s Advantage Miami (formerly known as the Miami Business Profile & Location Guide) is published by HCP Media. 
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First-Ever Regional “Public Transit Day” Friday, Dec. 9
This December ditch your car (for a day)! Two social-entrepreneurs – of Urban Impact Lab and Radical Partners – are teaming up to strengthen our region’s public transit system by embarking upon a regional “Public Transit Day”. They are urging public officials, community leaders, and residents in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm beach counties to take the pledge to use public transportation for the day. Public Transit Day is being co-hosted by local organizations and businesses committed to improving South Florida’s public transit system. 
 
Read more. 

 

Publication Date: 
Monday, November 21, 2016
Publication Date Long: 
Nov. 21-27, 2016 NEWSLETTER
Left Side: 
Did you know? 

Miami ranked 5th among 19 major cities in tech growth in the last 4 years. Miami was behind Phoenix, Portland, Chicago and Kansas City with a 19.3% increase in tech density.

*results of the 2016 Global Occupier Survey

Miami-Dade Beacon Council in the News

Watch International Advisory Committee Chair Olga M. Ramudo, president & CEO of Express Travel, being interviewed by CNN Chile at the Miami-Dade Beacon Council about Miami as a top business destination and its relationship with Chile.

El intercambio comercial entre Chile y Miami

CNN Chile

Miami Dade College Wolfson conducts fashion entrepreneurship symposium

Miami’s Community Newspapers

¿Por qué votar por JC Bermúdez? Lea aquí sus logros como Alcalde del Doral (Why cast your vote for JC Bermudez for Doral mayor)
 

 

 AMA South Florida celebrates new brand identity at relaunch event

 
Ocean Bank Celebrates Pinecrest Branch Opening With Ribbon Cutting And Preview Party
 
South Florida CityBizList
 
Distintos tipos de visa y sus requisitos (Different types of visas and their requirements)
 

Economic Development in the News

Miami-Dade small businesses are confidant about 2017, according to a recent Miami Herald article.

About 71 percent of Miami small business owners plan to grow their business over the next five years (16 percentage points higher than their peers nationwide).

Nearly half of the small business owners surveyed plan to hire new employees in 2017.

Results from the Fall 2016 Bank of America Small Business Owner Report. Business owners were surveyed between Aug. 7 and Oct. 4.
 
Read the Miami Herald article.
 
Büro Group (a South Florida co-working company) chooses South Miami for 5th location
 
Miami Herald

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fashion and art collide in Narciso Rodriguez exhibition
Headlining the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum’s Art Basel Season for 2016, Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism is the first-ever museum solo exhibition by Cuban-American fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez. The exhibition, on view through Jan. 8, features more than 35 couture designs presented alongside works of art in the museum’s Grand Galleries. Visitors will experience the history-making fashions next to works by major artists, including Carmen Herrera, Donald Judd, Jennifer Steinkamp, Lygia Clark, Mira Schendel, Antonio Llorens and Elena Asins. 

INVESTOR NEWS: 
Join the Miami office of BDO USA for our complimentary Year-End Accounting and Tax Update! 
Thursday, Dec. 1
 
Take advantage of this opportunity to ask meaningful questions of our subject matter leaders and join in discussions specific to your business and operational challenges. 

Save the Date!
Wings of Change 2017 – Miami
 
An Aviation Conference Discussing Today’s Challenges and Tomorrow’s Opportunities 
 
Organized by IATA & Miami-Dade Beacon Council
May 2 & 3, 2017
Location: Ritz Carlton, Coconut Grove
 
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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Miami-Dade Tech Company Among Top Florida Companies

Key Lime Interactive Named One of 
GrowFL’s 50 Companies to Watch 
Sheri Colas-Gervais with the Miami-Dade Beacon Council; Ania Rodriguez, CEO, Key Lime Interactive; and husband Alex Rodriguez,
CFO Key Lime Interactive attended the GrowFL event held in Orlando.

Key Lime Interactive, with offices in Miami and Brooklyn, New York, is among 50 statewide companies expected to see significant growth over the next several years. The company based in Doral was selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to Watch, a statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.
Ania Rodriguez has served as a user experience advisor to Fortune 500 companies around the world for nearly two decades on the topics of User Interface Design, Product Design, and User Research. Known for her focus on actionable results and quality, her leadership has resulted in double-digit growth over the past six years and the company has emerged to become the leading user experience research firm in the United States.

 

 Local Transportation Solutions for Miami-Dade Discussed with European Experts
Topics Included Mass Transit, Smart Cities Tech and Shared Rides 
The future of local transportation was discussed with European experts and infrastructure leaders during a workshop provided under the framework of the EU Jean Monnet Project, held and co-sponsored by the Miami-Dade Beacon Council. 
Topics included mass transit, clean vehicles, smart transportation, tactile internet and quality delivery of services at affordable pricesThe County recently created a new Transportation and Public Works Department as a more holistic approach to easing the county’s congestion challenges, and placed Alice Bravo, who participated in the panel, as the sole director in charge of road maintenance and cars-for-hire as well as buses and rail. 

Alice Bravo, Director, Transportation
 and Public Works, participated in the panel discussion.
Presentations were provided by:
 Dr. Atorod Azizinamini, Professor and Chair, Civil and Environment Engineering Structural and Bridge Engineering, Florida International University
– Dominique Bertrand, Senior Advisor, CEREMA – Center for Studies depending on the French Department for Transport, Environment and Energy (France)
– Alice Bravo, Director, Transportation and Public Works Miami-Dade County
– Dr. Ing Meryem Simsek, Chair of IEEE Tactile Internet Sub-Committee, TU Dresden Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems, TU Dresden (Germany)
Moderator: Danye Aboki, Counselor, Transport and Sustainability Cities French Embassy in Washington D.C.

Fashion Featured at Launch of Miami Dade College’s New Institute
 
Miami Dade College debuted its new fashion institute recently at its Downtown Miami campus. The Miami Fashion Institute is part of a new degree program that provides students with knowledge about the world of fashion, learning about the industry from both the creative and business sides. The new program located at MDC’s Wolfson Campus was made possible with the support of the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation. Miami Fashion Institute is the only facility of its kind within a public higher education institution in Florida, and only one of a handful that exists nationally.

American Marketing Association Logo Launch Hosted by Miami-Dade Beacon Council 
 
Local corporate marketers and business leaders gathered at the Miami-Dade Beacon Council in downtown Miami for the American Marketing Association (AMA) relaunch event. Guests heard from leaders in the marketing industry and the AMA team, networked and saw the unveiling of the new AMA branding. Russ Klein, AMA CEO (below) provided remarks. Klein previously served as CMO for Burger King. Miami-Dade Beacon Council CMO Susan Greene discussed the nonprofit’s job-generating mission and strategy. 
 
 

 

Publication Date: 
Monday, November 7, 2016
Publication Date Long: 
Nov. 7-13, 2016 NEWSLETTER
Left Side: 
Did you know? 

Talent is the key to the future
* 57% of executive see employee attraction and attention driving workplace strategies
* 50% of executives chose markets based on talent requirements
* 44% see skilled labor shortages as a primary challenge facing their organization 

*Results of the 2016 Global Occupier Survey

Miami-Dade Beacon Council in the News

Miami Dade College creates ‘value chain’ of programs for startups 

Economic Development in the News

How South Florida universities are revving up to be engines of innovation

Industrial real estate is hot, and that’s good news for South Florida’s economy
 
Miami Trade Surplus Runs Counter to Trump’s View of U.S. Failure
 
University of Miami steps up innovation strategy and renames life science park
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

StartUP FIU 
showcases entrepreneurs and innovators and how their products and technology impact the way we live and work
Part of the Connect & Grow Series
 

INVESTOR EVENT: 
Third Annual NAI Florida Forum 
 
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Treetop Ballroom in Jungle Island 
 
Read more.

Free Social Media Marketing
Workshop

Friday, Nov. 19

Presented by Miami-Dade County Internal Services Department’s Small Business Development Division

Read more.
 

Save the Date!
Wings of Change 2017 – Miami
 
An Aviation Conference Discussing Today’s Challenges and Tomorrow’s Opportunities 
 
Organized by IATA & Miami-Dade Beacon Council
May 2 & 3, 2017
Location: Ritz Carlton, Coconut Grove
 
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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Global Aviation Distributor Expands Adding More than 100 Jobs, Retaining 600 jobs

Economic Development at Work: 
Global Aviation Distributor Expands 
Adding More than 100 Jobs 

Expansion retains 600 jobs in Miami-Dade
KLX Aerospace Solutions, a global distributor of aerospace fasteners and consumables, announced that it is expanding its Miami-Dade operations and building its new global headquarters with a state of the art distribution center in Hialeah. The expansion adds new jobs and capital investment in Aviation, one of the County’s seven target industries. 
KLX’s decision to stay in Miami-Dade, despite significant pressure from other communities including Memphis or Phoenix, retains almost 600 existing jobs and creates more than 100 jobs in the first year of growth and up to 400 new jobs in the future. KLX Aerospace Solutions is a global company with more than 1.5 million square feet in over 60 locations with 2,000+ employees worldwide. The new company headquarters will be 480,000 square-feet.
“We are pleased to have an aviation industry leader like KLX Aerospace Solutions growing and investing in Miami-Dade County,” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said. “KLX Aerospace Solutions’ decision to expand in Miami-Dade speaks to our talent, our global business attributes and the strength of our aviation industry.”
The Miami-Dade Beacon Council has been working with KLX Aerospace Solutions for more than two years on a variety of services including site selection, zoning and permitting assistance, financing programs analyses. It also helped to create a package of state and local incentives, which was approved to retain and grow KLX in Miami-Dade. These are performance-based programs that will only pay the award once the capital investments are made and the new jobs are created.
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Workplace Strategies Improve 
Employee Performance 
Miami-Dade Beacon Council and CBRE presents the 2015/16 Occupier Trends National Survey
Event speakers included: Damla Gerhart, Managing Director, Workplace Strategies, CBRE; Elizabeth Dvorak, CEO, Workscapes and Beacon Council Board Member; Rob Marsh, Advisory & Transaction Services, Labor Analytics, CBRE; Rick Beasley, Executive Director, CareerSource South Florida; and Brandon Forde, Executive Managing Director, Occupier Advisory & Transaction Services, CBRE. Sheldon Anderson, Interim President & CEO of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, (not pictured) provided welcoming remarks. 
CBRE and the Miami-Dade Beacon Council partnered to provide a better understanding of today’s changing workforce trends during an event that paired national experts and local professionals. The discussion focused on the economic impact and business implications for decision makers, real estate professionals and others focused on retaining their best employees and making work spaces as productive as possible.  
CBRE analyzed responses from 402 executives managing corporate real estate (CRE) portfolios around the world. The report reveals three consistent global themes on the CRE executive’s agenda: balancing local actions amid global economic uncertainty, implementing employee-centric workplace strategies, and supporting rapid enterprise transformation all while strategically managing costs.
Highlights included: 50 percent of the companies of the future will be located in emerging markets. Cities like Sao Paolo, Beijing and Shanghai are growing populations that rival major U.S. cities. This has implications for Miami as it is a gateway to emerging markets. 
In addition, workplace strategies were presented to counter employee dissatisfaction. According to a report, half of the employees surveyed worldwide felt disengaged to their workplace. Companies that provide employee-focused amenities gained cost-savings and increased productivity. Topics also included co-working and collaborative spaces, Millennials as the largest generation in the workforce and the so-called “war for talent”.
Download the presentations:
2016 CBRE Global Occupier Survey Trends
Brandon Forde, Executive Managing Director, Occupier Advisory & Transaction Services, CBRE;
Labor Analytics
Rob Marsh, Advisory & Transaction Services, Labor Analytics, CBRE;
Rick Beasley, Executive Director, CareerSource South Florida; 
Workplace Strategies
Damla Gerhart, Managing Director, Workplace Strategies, CBRE; 
Elizabeth Dvorak, CEO, Workscapes and Beacon Council Board Member (contact for information) 305.400.8101

Miami Herald Publisher and Past Miami-Dade Beacon Council Chair Discusses Impact of Tech on Media
Nabil Achkar, Secretary of the Consular Corps, Hon Eduardo Rivadeneira, Consul General of Ecuador and Acting Dean of the Corps presenting a special memento to Alex Villoch. 
 
Alexandra “Alex” Villoch, President & Publisher of the Miami Herald Media Company provided remarks as Guest Speaker at a Consular Corps luncheon at the Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables. Villoch, a Past Chair of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, was introduced by Beacon Council Senior Vice President Mario Sacasa, former Consul General of Nicaragua, and Past Dean of the Consular Corps. Villoch’s remarks focused on the topic of Transformation of Media / how technology is changing media. She provided details about the significant changes in media demographics and circulation as a result of technical advances in the last few years. Several members of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council leadership attended including Treasurer Dawn White with American Airlines and Secretary Daniel Mackler with Gunster. 

Access to Capital Workshop Assists Small Business Owners
Town of Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi hosted the workshop that included a presentation from Sheri Colas-Gervais with the Miami-Dade Beacon Council.
An Access to Capital Workshop was held recently in Miami Lakes providing one-on-one discussions with local lenders from the community – banks, credit unions, alternative lenders. Sheri Colas-Gervais, with the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, provided attendees who included small business owners, with the availability of the emergency bridge loan as a tool to be aware of, along with traditional and non-traditional debt and equity funding. SBA representatives discussed loan guarantee programs, international guarantee programs, Federal procurement opportunities, and disaster recovery loans. 

Kairos CEO Named Innovator of the Year
Brian Backeen, Kairos Founder and CEO, was recently namedInnovator of the Year at Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit for his notable contributions to the tech industry. During the event, he offered attendees candid insight on fundraising, navigating challenges, and ultimately the road to excelling in tech. Kairos is a human analytics company that uses three-dimensional data to measure human feelings and interactions, and was recently featured in Florida Trend as a promising new company. Kairos received funding from the Institute in November 2015. He was also a panelist during the Miami-Dade Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce third annual networking reception and entrepreneur focused program held in June. 

 

Publication Date: 
Monday, October 31, 2016
Publication Date Long: 
Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2016 NEWSLETTER
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Did you know? 

57 percent of “occupiers” see employee attraction and retention driving workplace strategy, according to the CBRE report. 

Read more in the newsletter item below. 

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council in the News
 
KLX Aerospace Solutions Expands Operational Hub-Builds Headquarters In Miami, Florida
Area Development Online
 
KLX Inc.’s Aerospace Solutions Group Signs Lease for New Global Headquarters in Miami, FL
www.nasdaq.com
 
International logistics firm seeks incentives to move regional HQ to
Miami-Dade
South Florida Business Journal
 
Rules for good corporate governance also apply to non-profits
Miami Herald
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Miami-Dade is #2 in the nation for the most startups. 
Find out why. 
Speak with Startup FIU’s first cohort – 
made up of social and traditional entrepreneurs from the South Florida community!
Part of the Connect & Grow Series
 

Wings Over Homestead Open House and Air Show
Nov. 5-6
 
Air Reserve Base is announcing Wings Over Homestead Open House and Air Show 2016. This two-day event will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. 
 

INVESTOR EVENT: 
Third Annual NAI Florida Forum 
 
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Treetop Ballroom in Jungle Island 
 
Read more.

Save the Date!
Wings of Change 2017 – Miami
 
An Aviation Conference Discussing Today’s Challenges and Tomorrow’s Opportunities 
 
Organized by IATA & Miami-Dade Beacon Council
May 2 & 3, 2017
Location: Ritz Carlton, Coconut Grove
 
Read more.
 

 

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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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Miami-Dade Beacon Council Annual Meeting Showcases Business Investments

Miami-Dade Beacon Council
Annual Meeting Showcases Business Investments in Miami-Dade 
2015-16 Chair Ernie Diaz passed the gavel to 2016-17 Chair Jaret Davis during the Annual Meeting held Oct. 13. Outgoing President & CEO Larry K. Williams was also honored during the event.
The Miami-Dade Beacon Council Annual Meeting presented year-end accomplishments including job creation and retention statistics, and new capital investment in our community, plus a focus on future opportunities for economic development through innovation. The year-end meeting also celebrated the change in Board leadership with Jaret Davis taking over as Chair of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council Board of Directors. 
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez shared his vision for the county’s business growth and highlighted a few of the companies investing in Miami-Dade this past year including: 
Univision Communications which is relocating the company’s digital headquarters from New York to Miami-Dade;
-Showroom Logic which recently named Miami as its corporate headquarters investing $5 million;
– Topp Solutions which is adding 276 jobs and $2 million in new capital investment; 
– UPS which is investing nearly $65 million.  
In total, more than 1,700 new jobs will be created in Miami-Dade at the 43 companies assisted by the Miami-Dade Beacon Council. These new companies will add more than $188.2 million in new capital investment to our community. To see more Miami-Dade Beacon Council results, read the Annual Report.

Miami-Dade Employment Numbers Show Yearly Job Growth Across Sectors
Miami-Dade added nearly 15,000 jobs (1.3 percent job growth) from September 2015 to September 2016 with growth across industries including the construction sector leading (10.8 percent growth), followed by financial activities sector (3.7 percent) and professional service sector (3.5 percent), according to statistics released Friday.

“We consistently see job growth across industries including nearly 6 percent growth in two high-paying sectors – financial activities and professional services and nearly 11 percent growth in construction jobs,” The Miami-Dade Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams said. “The job numbers show we keep steadily adding jobs in a variety of sectors and that reflects Miami-Dade’s growing and diverse economy.”

 

OIC Event Focuses on Restoring the Middle Class 
Penny S. Shaffer, Ph.D., Market President, South Florida and Larry K. Williams, President and CEO, Miami-Dade Beacon Council, participated in a panel discussion. 
 
OIC of South Florida, through regional and national partnerships, hosted the Building, Elevating, and Sustaining the Middle-Class Summit. A dynamic array of thought leaders from the business, education, political and community members including Larry K. Williams, President and CEO, Miami-Dade Beacon Council, Penny S. Shaffer, Ph.D., Market President, South Florida, Florida Blue and a national presence by U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration Eric M. Seleznow, came together Oct. 17-18.
Event discussions focused on strengthening the commitment that will harness the collective strategies and forge ahead on initiatives being spearheaded by Six Pillars Broward and One Community One Goal Miami-Dade. The two initiatives will be the ongoing platforms from which strategies discussed at the Summit will be operationalized. According to Newton Sanon, President, and CEO of OIC of South Florida, “Our goal is to make sure that we are all committed to preserving the middle class.” OIC of South Florida along with our community partners have joined forces to champion the building, elevation and sustaining of the middle class. For more information about the Middle Class Summit, please visit OICSFL.ORG.
 
Newton B. Sanon, President/CEO, OIC of South Florida, provided remarks about OCOG providing a strategic framework.

New Leaders Taskforce Launches Its New Program Year
Austin Hollo, Chair-Elect; Maya Tzur, Chair; and Oscar Lopez, Immediate Past Chair; welcome and kickoff new program.
 
President & CEO Larry K. Williams addressed the Miami-Dade Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce during the group’s first meeting of the new fiscal year. Williams discussed the Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s mission, strategy and new Connect & Grow innovation initiative and followed up with an informal Q&A session. NLT Chair Maya Tzur cited Williams’ accomplishments including $687 million in new investment and 119 companies creating 4,500 plus jobs through company locations or expansions in the last three years. The Miami-Dade Beacon Council formed the New Leaders Taskforce as a way in which to develop future leaders for the Miami-Dade Beacon Council and economic development in Miami-Dade County. They are charged with developing and executing tactics that help cultivate a vibrant and growing community of talented young professionals who are vested in Miami-Dade County’s future growth and in possible leadership roles within the Miami-Dade Beacon Council. The Miami-Dade Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce aims to inspire increased collaboration and partnership with other local young professionals groups, sharing the goal of talent retention.

United Way Celebrates Seniors
Committee members include: Joseph Hovancak, Miami-Dade Beacon Council One Community One Goal; Lupe Bruneman, Healthcare Consulting Alliance, Inc.; Margie Lee, AARP; Maria Alonso, Bank of America; Rudolph Moise, Comprehensive Health Center (Committee Chair); Maryam Laguna, Take Stock in Children; and Chérie Weinstein. 
 
United Way of Miami-Dade “Golden Wishes Local Leaders” made long-held dreams a reality for seniors at the first Golden Wishes event hosted by United Way of Miami-Dade on Sept. 30. The event honored elders age 70+ by granting them a “wish” such as: a gift to make life easier, a new experience such as swimming with dolphins, or a chance to reconnect with a loved one. From more than 100 wish requests, 16 were granted by volunteers on United Way’s Golden Wishes Committee, chaired by Dr. Rudolph Moise, United Way board member and founder of this pilot initiative and supported by Harve A. Mogul, President & CEO at United Way of Miami-Dade. Fifteen committee members worked on fulfilling wishes by making personal gifts, seeking in-kind donations, and involving their companies including Maria Alonso, Senior Vice President, Bank of America Bank and Joe Hovancak, Vice President One Community One Goal, Miami-Dade Beacon Council.
 
OCOG’s strategic recommendations are focused on economic prosperity for all of Miami-Dade County and include involvement by a broad spectrum of local organizations like the United Way.  This is a demonstration of how our community continues to rally to create a better work and living environment for all citizens.  It also enhances Miami’s brand as a welcoming place to grow and expand your business, supporting all facets of our community.  

 

Publication Date: 
Monday, October 24, 2016
Publication Date Long: 
Oct. 24-30, 2016 NEWSLETTER
Left Side: 

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council Annual Meeting asked attendees to provide feedback on driving innovation during the “Network with Purpose” session. Below is a sample of the responses:

– Listed as innovator in the Creative Design industry –The New Tropic – a journalism and events brand that serves Miami’s “curious locals”  

– Sited as a necessary innovation in the Tech industry – Attract more millenials through better urbanization and sustainable culture” 

– Posted as a way to foster innovation in the Banking & Finance industry –“Become more active with eMerge Americas in 2017”

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council in the News
 
Miami’s vibrant fashion industry has a rich history 
 
Building entrepreneurs: Where Endeavor sees
progress in year 3
 
Miami Herald
 
 
Q&A with Carlos Migoya about his hopes for healthcare price transparency 
 
Miami Herald
 
 
Miami Herald recommends Carlos Gimenez for Miami-Dade mayor
 
Miami Herald

UPCOMING EVENTS

Come and Meet Innovators from STARTUP FIU
 
Part of the Connect & Grow Series
 

 

INVESTOR EVENT: 
 
Third Annual NAI Florida Forum 
 
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Treetop Ballroom in Jungle Island 
 
Read more.

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
2016 Annual Meeting
 
Tuesday, Oct. 25
Hard Rock Stadium
 
www.gmcvbannualmeeting.com

 

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

 

Source: Old Beacon Site