arm for Internet hub seeks nonprofit status
for a tri-county organization to promote South Florida as an Internet
hub have signed a deal to become a non-profit organization being called
the first multi-county alliance to target economic development and
years of brainstorming, the Internet Coast Alliance was formed by
representatives for the Beacon Council, Broward Alliance and Palm
Beach County Business Development Board all economic development
Nero, president & CEO of Miami-Dade County's Beacon Council, said
the alliance aims to retain, recruit and expand Internet-related businesses
in South Florida.
the groups have applied for non-profit status to make the alliance
eligible for corporate and federal support.
alliance, which gets staff support from the three agencies, is seeking
$300,000 in seed money, Mr. Nero said. "We are applying for a
grant. We're optimistic. We're also looking at other foundations."
said more will be needed eventually to beef up marketing efforts.
officers will be named and by-laws set at the group's first meeting
Sept. 6 at JM Family Enterprises in Deerfield Beach.
is really a benchmark event," Mr. Nero said. "This is a
strategy that bodes well for regional cooperation in the future for
the three counties."
Langley, president & CEO of the Broward Alliance, said the Internet
Coast Alliance will address other issues related to economic development
in South Florida.
looked at the Internet Coast movement as a good place to put our effort
together in a positive way to expand on other key issues in South
Florida like education and transportation," Mr. Langley said.
"It's important that Internet Coast be seen as a region, not
just an organization."
non-profit status Internet Coast would own rights to the organization's
web page at InternetCoast.com, logo and other creations, Mr. Nero
such as the Miami Internet Alliance and One Community One Goal's telecommunications
& information technology group at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
recently have been formed to promote South Florida as an Internet
just think that it's significant that the three-county economic development
organizations have now come together," Mr. Nero said. "It's