Written by Miami Today on March 25, 2010
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BILBAO BOND: An international cooperation agreement is in the works between Miami-Dade Aviation and Spain’s Bilbao Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping. The proposed pact asks the county aviation department and Bilbao chamber "to exchange information about cargo and passengers at each one of their airports… [and] begin to work in the creation and promotion of passenger and air traffic by means of exchanges, educational/commercial visits and serving as goodwill ambassadors," among other provisions. The Commissioner Javier Souto legislation says Bilbao’s "strategic location makes it a gateway to other parts of northern Spain and southern France."
INCENTIVE IMPORTANCE: With two company expansions under the county’s belt in recent weeks, Miami-Dade commissioners are urging Florida legislators to extend the state’s Qualified Target Industry tax refund incentive program another five years. It’s set to sunset in June. But what’s called the QTI has helped the county convince companies over the years to commit to creating an estimated 11,000 new jobs and $672 million in new capital investment here, legislation by Rebeca Sosa says. Just this month, Visa Inc. agreed to add 366 jobs here, and US Gas & Electric 125.
SLITHERING TO FAME: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom Response Bureau could be the next of the county’s TV stars, following in the footsteps of its animal "cops" and fireboat rescuers. Commissioners in committee last week agreed to authorize the administration to work up a deal with locally based 2C Media to produce a pitch reel for a show based on the venom bureau’s work. Animal Planet has expressed interest in the would-be series, county documents say. If "Venom One" does get picked up, the county would receive a donation.
DANGER COAST: A TV series following the department’s fireboat rescuers, also produced by 2C Media, is to begin airing next month. The 10-episode "Danger Coast" is to debut April 9 on CMT. ""Danger Coast’ is one of the first nationally televised English language series a commercial network has produced and developed entirely in Miami-Dade," county documents say. "Nearly all production and post production will remain in Miami-Dade County resulting in a direct and indirect economic impact of $1.5 million." Animal Planet’s "Animal Cops" also follows county workers — its animal services team.