Written by Miami Today on December 15, 2011
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COUNTY CONFIDENTIAL: In a move that could bring 210 jobs averaging $67,000 to Miami-Dade, the county commission approved fronting $155,400 to a confidential global advertising and information technology consulting company. County documents say the company has applied for $777,000 through the state’s Qualified Targeted Industry program, which offers tax breaks to companies working to create jobs. The state is to provide $621,600 and the county up to $155,400, or $760 per new job, over eight years. The tax breaks come only after the jobs are created.
LET’S MAKE A DEAL: In a difficult budget year, the Miami-Dade commission is making moves to cut costs on contracts. The county’s Internal Management & Fiscal Responsibility Committee forwarded Tuesday to the full commission an item directing Mayor Carlos Gimenez to negotiate for better prices on all contracts for the purchase of goods and services. According to county documents, "before any option-to-renew period is exercised by the county on any contract, the mayor… is directed to attempt to negotiate better pricing for the county."
MARLINS AGREEMENT: An agreement between the Miami Parking Authority and the City of Miami needed to begin signing leases for retail space in the Marlins stadium garages will once again be presented to the Miami commission to vote on today (12/15). The agreement failed to get support from the parking authority during a special meeting Nov. 30 after board members expressed concerns that the agreement would make the authority accountable for budget shortfalls associated with the garage complex. The commission is to vote on amendments sought by the parking authority.
CARGO GO-GO: US Customs and Border Protection is set to launch "Enforcement Link to Mobile Operations" at the Port of Miami. The technology will allow the agency’s officers and agriculture specialists to release inspected cargo much faster, the agency said. Currently, federal personnel conduct inspections on site, but the release of cargo is delayed until field personnel return to the office and enter inspection results into their data systems. With the technology, the agency said, field officers using handheld devices will be able to immediately clear cargo containers, making port operations more efficient while keeping the facility secure.
LAW FIRM MOVING: Richman Greer P.A., a law firm with offices in Miami and West Palm Beach, will move its downtown Miami office to the 396 Alhambra office complex in Coral Gables, a new, two-tower office and retail development. The firm will occupy 10,755 square feet in the newly-developed 156,000-square-foot North Tower.
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