Written by Miami Today on June 9, 2011
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TOP SECRET: The Miami-Dade County Commission agreed Tuesday to front up to $19,200 toward a confidential company project that could bring 16 jobs averaging $70,000 pay to Doral. According to county documents, the company, which was founded in the early 1990s in China, is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices worldwide. While its North American headquarters is in the northern US, it plans to expand its research and development capability, marketing coverage, distribution network, sales and sales support staff to bring products closer to end users. The company is deciding among three locations, including San Diego and Los Angeles, and is to make its final selection this month.
FUND SHUFFLE: Miami-Dade may be months from passing a 2012 budget, but that isn’t stopping county officials from trying to make this year’s ends meet. The county commission approved Tuesday a series of 2010-2011 general fund adjustments. According to county documents, of the $13.1 million carryover, $2.9 million is to go to the county commission offices, $175,000 to the Miami Children’s Museum, $562,000 to the Government Information Center, $3.5 million toward the Save Our Senior Homeowners Relief Fund and $5.8 million toward non-departmental initiatives to reduce service impacts.
GOALS AWARDS: Awards were flying at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s annual Goals Conference, with the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation and Don Browne, president of the Telemundo Communications Group, receiving recognition for community commitment. The Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation, a local nonprofit that supports educational and health-related pursuits, received the M. Athalie Range Miami Pioneer for Progress award for its philanthropic efforts across Miami-Dade. Mr. Browne received the Henry M. Flagler Award for Visionary Leadership for dedication to providing the Hispanic community with exceptional news coverage.
SAND MAN: Education was in the air at the at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Goals Conference. Chairwoman Penny Shaffer, market president for the South Florida chapter of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, announced that Dr. Eduardo Padrón, president of Miami Dade College, would be next year’s recipient of the Sand In My Shoes award on Feb. 16. The award is given to community leaders making significant contributions to the South Florida community. Dr. Padrón has been college president since 1995.
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