Written by Miami Today on June 14, 2012
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ECUADOR TRADE HUB OPENS: Pro Ecuador, a new trade office to promote the export and investment of Ecuadorian goods, has opened in the Miami Free Zone. Ecuador has 27 similar offices in nations around the world. The Miami office will focus specifically on supporting Ecuadorian companies and strengthening Ecuador’s presence in Miami, according to the office. "We strategically located our office in the Miami Free Zone because of the logistical platform it provides. The networking among tenants, being centrally located, and the proximity to the airport and seaport were all things we considered," said Fernando Navia, trade commissioner of Ecuador in Miami. According to the center, Mimi is Ecuador’s third biggest district in total imports and exports, falling behind Los Angeles at No. 1 and Houston at No. 2.
FBI AT MIA: The FBI is opening an office at Miami International Airport that would pay Miami-Dade County $197,221 in annual rent, according to county documents. The County’s Regional Transportation Committee unanimously approved a resolution June 11 to authorize a 10-year lease agreement for the office with the US General Services Administration. The measure is expected to go before the full commission June 19 or July 3. The lease allows the government to increase security in the area during times of heightened alerts. It also allows for installation of communications equipment and the use of 10 parking spaces.
CLASS FOR COMMISSIONERS: For the first time ever, newly elected Miami-Dade commissioners will go through orientation. The resolution was approved 6-0 by the County’s Internal Management & Fiscal Responsibility Committee on Tuesday. The resolution said that despite its size — with 35 cities, 2.5 million population, 25 departments, 26,000 employees and $6 billion budget — there "is no coordinated program to provide new commissioners with a comprehensive orientation of Miami-Dade County government." The measure is expected to go before the full commission June 19 or July 3. If approved then, the mayor’s office would be charged with establishing the orientation program.
APOLLO BANK: Locally-owned and operated Apollo Bank has opened its newest branch at 1826 Ponce de Leon Blvd. in the Coral Gables business district. Joining existing locations in downtown Miami/Brickell and Doral, the Coral Gables expansion marks the continuation of Apollo’s strategy of establishing a presence in South Florida’s chief business centers. The Coral Gables branch opening comes as Apollo marks its second year.