Written by Miami Today on August 16, 2012
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FLAT TAX: The Miami City Commission has unanimously approved the same 0.478 mil tax rate for the Downtown Development Authority that commercial building owners in the district paid last year.
MISSISSIPPI YEARNING: A 50-year-old Hialeah-based manufacturer is making the unusual step of moving some jobs from Mexico back into the US. AirGuide, a maker of aluminum grills, registers and diffusers for the HVAC industry and energy-efficient lighting products, announced Tuesday it is consolidating its operations in Houston and Mexico at a new location in Clarksdale, MS. The company is investing $720,000 in the move and says it will create 40 jobs there. "We believe this new location will enable AirGuide… to better serve our customers and further improve our competitiveness in manufacturing our HVAC and energy-efficient lighting products," said AirGuide President Doug Marty. The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance for improvements to the publicly-owned building AirGuide will occupy, in addition to perks from the Momentum Mississippi Incentives program, said Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s office.
MORE MONEY: Miami’s hospitality industry got hot in June: It was stellar month for Miami-Dade County’s so-called "tourist" tax collections, said William Talbert III, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. He reports these numbers for June, compared with the previous June: convention development tax collections, up 14.1% to $3.9 million; resort tax collections, up 10.9% to $1.3 million; and food and beverage tax collections, up 19.7% to $490,374. He attributed the increases to strong demand for travel to Greater Miami.
HIP HYPE: It’s hip to be hype. So says the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s "Hype Miami" initiative — an effort to bring the city’s young professionals together. The chamber’s Young Professionals Committee will have its first networking event of the 2012-2013 season at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Wynwood Kitchen & Bar at 2550 NW Second Ave., Miami. Admission is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers or at the door. Details: (305) 577-5486.
BIGGER SPACES: Switchboard of Miami got approval from the Miami Parking Authority Board last week to expand its leased office space at the authority’s College Station Garage at 190 NE Third St. from 11,000 square feet to 11,500. The additional rent for the organization will be abated for the next six months, after which the net base rent will be adjusted to reflect the additional square footage.