Written by Miami Today on August 12, 2010
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PARKS FOR PROFIT: To help fund parks, Commissioner Joe Martinez has asking the county commission to convene a special meeting to place an item on the November ballot asking voters to amend the charter to permit commercial advertising in county parks. "Parks provide families a free escape from the every day stressors," he said in a statement. "I cannot in good conscience charge them to come to their neighborhood park to play with their kids when they can barely pay their mortgage." Over the past two years, he said, the county has reduced the parks budget about $21 million.
BANK IN TRANSLATION: Further evidence of the nation’s changing demographics: Nearly 400,000 Chase Bank customers opted to receive their monthly statements in Spanish, according to a press release. The bank publicized the option via advertisements during recent World Cup matches, direct mail and "financial guidance vignettes" on Univision. The bank also maintains a Spanish website — www.chase.com/espanol — and Spanish-speaking staff in branches.
THE AFRICAN CONNECTION: More than 100 Kenyan businesses are to be in town this week to meet with Florida building and construction vendors. Members of the Kenyan delegation are also to attend the Federation of International Medical Equipment at the Miami Beach Convention Center. More than 500 business appointments, coordinated by the state’s economic development agency Enterprise Florida along with the US Export Assistance Center and the Miami-Dade Office of Economic Development and International Trade, are to connect African buyers with US construction material suppliers. Details: www.buyusa.gov/kenya/en/opportunities’kenya.pdf.
CENTRAL AMERICA, ONE-ON-ONE: Sixteen companies from Costa Rica and Panama are to visit Florida this month, stopping in Miami Aug. 23 and 24 looking for suppliers and distributors for various goods. Free meetings are being arranged through the Florida Foreign Trade Association on both days at the Miami Free Zone, 2305 NW 107th Ave. in Doral. The companies represent industries including construction material retailers, personal care product wholesalers and hospitals looking to purchase medical equipment. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
CONVENTION TAXES UP: Greater Miami Convention Development Tax collections rose 18.2% year-over-year in June 2010, according to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. In June 2009, $2.4 million was collected, compared to this June’s $2.9 million.
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