Written by Miami Today on March 22, 2012
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EDUCATION ASSETS: The Beacon Council on Tuesday released its Educational Assets Inventory, third of four reports as part of its One Community One Goal job creation program. Among findings of the report: Miami-Dade has a "very capable" education system, including area colleges and universities, suited to adapt to prepare students for opportunities in the targeted industries, said Joel Simon of the Chicago-based Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, a project consultant. The report’s recommendations include providing students more career advice and counseling so they are fully aware of opportunities in the targeted industries. Also recommended was raising the level of training and certificate programs for some targeted professions. "The education report is a vital part of the entire" program, said Adolfo Henriques, the program’s co-chair. "I believe continuing the improvements at all levels in our education system is the key to our economic future."
SAVING JACKSON: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce will present "Saving Jackson: Throwing a Lifeline to Our Safety Net Hospital" during a March 27 breakfast at the chamber, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. Jackson’s Chief Strategy Officer, Donn Szaro, is to "unveil plans to turn around Jackson," the chamber said. The financially troubled hospital is the midst of eliminating hundreds of jobs. The chamber event begins at 8 a.m. Advance admission is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers, and $25 the day of the event. Details: (305) 577-5491.
WATSON ISLAND: The Miami City Commission is to discuss today (3/22) the Flagstone Development Group’s Island Gardens project, which is to rise on city-owned Watson Island. The complex is to encompass a luxury hotel, retail and a 50-slip mega-yacht harbor for vessels longer than 80 feet. The commission is to discuss the project’s status and completion date. Brian May, lobbyist for Flagstone, said the development is expected to break ground late this year.
NEW HOTEL: A new Cambria Suites hotel along Highway 836 near Miami International Airport is to break ground March 28. The 122-suite, 85,500-square-foot hotel is being developed by Miami-based Sunflower Hospitality LLC for $16 million. The seven-story building is expected to be completed in July 2013. It will have 1,800 square feet for conference space and an outdoor pool. This will be the second Cambria Suites in Florida. It’s expected to generate in excess of $50,000 per year in tax revenue to the Miami-Dade area and will employ 60.
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