Written by Miami Today on June 6, 2013
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TOP 40 CITY: Miami will be the 40th most competitive city globally in 2025, based on projected ability to attract capital, business, talent and tourists, a report released Tuesday at the New Cities Summit in S‹o Paulo forecasts. The report by the Economist Intelligence Unit says that "the strength of MiamiÕs future competitiveness is due to expected improvements in public transport, global business attractiveness, a maturing financial services sector (a result of growing economic ties with Latin America) and international flight ranking.Ó Top ranked in the 120-city survey is New York. Chicago, in ninth place globally, ranked second in the US. Globally, London ranked second, followed by Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo. The survey was commissioned by Citi.
ETHICS BOOST: County commissioners on Tuesday voted 10-0 to require every elected Miami-Dade County and city official to take an ethics course from the Commission on Ethics and Public Trust within 90 days after taking office. Every county employee already is required to take the course within 60 days of being hired. In March of 2012 the commission passed legislation requiring all 25,000-plus employees to take the course. By last November, all employees were supposed to have taken the course but only about 100 had done so, Miami Today reported at the time. The new legislation, sponsored by Barbara Jordan, carries no penalty for failing to take the course.
FAST TRACK REMAINS: A program that has expedited more than $1 billion in county-issued construction contracts as an economic stimulus program has been made permanent. The Miami-Dade County Commission voted 10-0 on Tuesday to remove a provision under which the program was due to end June 30. Deputy Mayor Ed Marquez cited "positive feedback from the architectural and engineering community, and the construction industry as a wholeÓ for the program to accelerate procurement while maintaining competitive selection of contractors and community and local enterprise contracting aims.
PERMITTED: Miami Commissioner Francis SuarezÕs measure to set a standard permit fee for residential improvements costing less than $2,500 passed on first reading. HeÕs looking to incentivize residents to follow the law and get building permits for small construction by cutting the fee to $45 Ð and eventually making it possible to apply and get the permits all online. That fee is a reduction of 71%, he said, as the average fee last year was $150.