Written by Miami Today on January 12, 2012
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20,800 JOB GAIN: Miami-Dade County added 20,800 jobs in the year ended June 30, the nation’s eighth largest job gain by county in the period, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. The nation recorded employment gains in 215 of the 322 largest counties in the period. The figures come from reports submitted by every employer subject to unemployment insurance.
FUNDS FOR LOWE: The University of Miami announced Monday that it is the recipient of the Beaux Arts’ commitment of $1.7 million to support the Lowe Art Museum, which upholds the Lowe as a center for the arts by providing funding for its exhibition and educational programs. During the past 53 years, Beaux Arts has contributed over $5.3 million to the Lowe.
EXTENDING BONDS: In a move that could help prevent budgetary shortfalls on Miami-Dade projects, the county commission is to hear Feb. 2 an item extending the sunset date on the use Building Better Community General Obligation Bond program surplus funds, premium funds and unspent bond proceeds from Jan. 12, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2018. The $2.9 billion, multi-year capital improvement program is funded by the periodic issuance of general obligation bonds. Surplus and premium funds may be generated as part of the program and may become available at any time. According to county documents, "unspent bond proceeds will be used primarily to fund budget shortfall in projects… and to accelerate projects."
HEALTH IN SAN JUAN: The Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce and the University of Miami’s School of Business Administration are partnering to co-host the Puerto Rico Health & Insurance Conference 2012 "Economic Transformation in Health" Feb. 2 in San Juan. The conference will provide business and government professionals a chance to hear from industry experts about new business opportunities for entrepreneurs in the health care segment in Puerto Rico and across the US. The conference will also explore the implications of the White House Task Force Report on health care in Puerto Rico.
NEW TENANTS: Four new tenants are coming to the Vicenza Plaza, a new 73,828-square-foot neighborhood shopping center in Hialeah Gardens. Courtelis Co., the general contractor for the shopping center, announced the new leases with Subway, Heaven Spa & Salon and CAI International Metro PCS for 1,125 square feet each. Takee Outee Chinese Restaurant signed a lease for 1,500 square feet. The center is to open late this summer and to be anchored by Wal-Mart and a Chase Bank.
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