Council job creation success: 7,412 new jobs
Beacon Council helped create 7,412 new jobs in Miami-Dade County over
the past 12 months, the council announced at its annual meeting last
than 4,600 of the jobs were direct and 2,700 indirect, the council
to the future, council officials say they will continue to address
Miami-Dade County's unemployment rate, which still remains far higher
than the state average.
Nero, president & CEO of the Beacon Council, the county's economic
development arm, hailed the results.
is no doubt this has been a successful year for the Beacon Council,"
Mr. Nero said. "Every job created this year has provided families
with the means with which to prosper."
new jobs a result of 28 Beacon Council projects translate
into more than $231 million in new capital investment for the county.
the past year council members helped to lure several companies to
the county, including clothing manufacturer Gap Inc., Porsche Latin
America and Volkswagen Group Latin America, Mr. Nero said.
of the council's business expansions, he said, were in enterprise
zones areas deemed under-served by the county. And seventeen
were expansions into the empowerment zone, a blighted area designated
by the federal government. Some overlapped into both.
of the 28 projects were information technology related, including
expansions by Spain-based Telefonica International and Boston-based
Digitas, Mr. Nero said.
Mayor Alex Penelas commended the organization.
County's economy continues to grow," Mr. Penelas said. "Part
of the credit goes to the Beacon Council."
urged the business community to continue to focus on making Miami
a center for high technology and improving the quality of Miami International
airport is competing in a new global marketplace," Mr. Penelas
said. "It's a fierce marketplace. We need to operate the airport
more like a business."
International Airport represents $13 billion in the local economic
engine, he said. The airport, he said, is responsible for 198,000
local jobs. By 2010, he said, its economic swat will be up to $19
billion after creating 85,000 more jobs.
the quality of the airport is diminished, he said, so will the number
of jobs and the local economy. He urged Beacon Council officials to
continue to support his push to create an aviation authority to run
Miami International Airport, now overseen by the county commission.
thousands of jobs have been created in the county through efforts
by the Beacon Council and entities such as Enterprise Florida and
the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's One Community One Goal, a
large gap still remains between Miami's unemployment rate and that
found in the rest of the state.
summer the county's unemployment was 5.2%, down from last summer's
5.5%, said Clyde Diao, an economist for the Florida Office of Labor
& Employment Security. Florida's unemployment rate statewide was 3.9%
during the summer, he said.
Council members said they plan significant strides from the council's
Miami-Dade 2000 ad campaign. The $9 million, three-year campaign will
aggressively market Miami as a business destination, targeting businesses
in the US, Latin America and Europe.
Beacon Council will form a partnership with the Greater Miami Convention
& Visitors Bureau for the project.