Written by Miami Today on February 3, 2011
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HISTORYMIAMI: Miami-Dade’s Museum Park has been in the works nearly three years, but as construction begins, modifications are still being made to plans. Under original plans, a new Miami Museum of Science was to house a branch of the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, now known as HistoryMiami. Of the $175 million that was to be funded through county bonds, $10 million was to go toward costs associated with the history museum. As HistoryMiami hopes to stay in Miami-Dade’s cultural center at 101 W Flagler St., the county commission has approved a $4 million transfer to go toward restoration of the center.
LEAST INVOLVED: "A Tale of Two Cities: Civic Heath in Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul," a national study on civic engagement, revealed that Miami residents are among the least likely to be involved in their community. Minneapolis-St. Paul residents ranked the most likely, with residents two times more likely to volunteer than Miamians and reporting higher levels of trust and satisfaction with government and community leaders.
PROVIDING INCENTIVES: To stimulate economic development, the county commission moved Tuesday to modify the Target Jobs Incentive Fund, a program used to attract new-to market businesses while supporting local expansion. The legislation releases sunset provisions and allows businesses interested in participating in the program to apply to the Beacon Council, the county’s economic development organization, through Sept. 30, 2020. The program provides cash incentives to qualifying companies in selected industries that create new above-average paying jobs.
HEADED SOUTH: The state’s economic development agency Enterprise Florida will host an export sales mission to Santiago, Chile, and Lima, Peru, May 14 to 21. The agency will take up to 15 manufacturers, distributors, exporters and service companies along for the ride on a first-come, first-serve basis. In Chile, companies can meet on a one-on-one basis with firms interest in importing financial services, food processing and packaging equipment and medical equipment. In Peru, one-on-one meeting will be held with companies looking to import telecommunications equipment, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and construction equipment. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
STATE OF COUNTY: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez is to present the State of the County Address at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St.
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