Written by Miami Today on November 17, 2011
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COUNTY CONFIDENTIAL: In a move that could bring 210 $67,000 jobs to Miami-Dade, the county commission Tuesday allocated $155,400 to an undisclosed global advertising and information technology consulting company if it expands here instead of Toronto. The company has applied for $777,000 through the state’s Qualified Targeted Industry program, which gives tax breaks to companies creating jobs. The state is to provide $621,600 and the county $155,400, or $760 per new job, over eight years. The funds are paid after jobs are created.
ISRAEL INTERCHANGE: On Sunday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is headed to Israel for Project Interchange, a six-day leadership and education seminar. He’ll join a delegation of mayors and municipal leaders from across the US, including Houston, Cincinnati, Portland and St. Paul. The group is to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
BEACH CASINO FORUM: Efforts to bring giant casino resorts to South Florida will be the subject of a three-hour forum and panel at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The event, organized by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, will be open to the public at no charge, said Aaron Perry, chamber senior vice chairman. Among others, the panel will feature state Rep. Erik Fresen, the Miami Republican sponsoring legislation in the Florida House to permit up to three mega-casino resorts in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Also expected is former Florida legislator Dan Gelber, now chairman of grassroots South Florida No Casinos. Mr. Perry promised the December forum will "separate fact from fiction" in discussing the possibility of large-scale casinos.
GENTING GETS OMNI: The Genting Group’s Resorts World Miami this week took ownership of the Omni Center and announced Christian Goode as project president. The Omni transaction represents what would be the first step of development for the proposed Resorts World Miami, Genting’s $3.8 billion casino resort planned to overlook Biscayne Bay, the company said. Mr. Goode is to oversee all aspects of development, construction and operations for Resorts World Miami. He previously was chief financial officer for the $880 million Resorts World New York City, another Genting project. In addition to the Omni Center, Resorts World Miami is planned for the nearby site of the Miami Herald.
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