FYI Miami: November 26, 2015
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MORE EURO-WINGS AT MIA: Miami International Airport has secured yet another route this year. German low-cost carrier Eurowings will begin service to Cologne, Germany’s fourth-largest city, on May 1, 2016. The airline’s first-ever Miami service will operate three weekly flights (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) on a 310-seat Airbus A330 aircraft. This will be the airport’s third German carrier, its fifth German destination and its 20th European destination.
HOSPITALITY JOBS UP, AGAIN: Miami’s leisure and hospitality industry grew by 6,400 jobs in October, up 4.9% compared to the same month last year, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau said. The industry generated the highest percentage of job growth among all industry sectors in the county for the seventh consecutive month. A total of 136,500 jobs now exist in the local leisure and hospitality industry, according to the bureau.
JOB CREATION: Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. announced support for Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to fully fund Enterprise Florida, saying it will promote job creation and economic growth. In a written release, Mr. Bovo said the plan calls for a $250 million competitive Florida Enterprise Fund; having the trust fund replace the existing escrow account, allowing the state’s investment to accrue more interest; increasing the Legislature’s role in competing for job creation projects by requiring that any deal over $1 million win approval of the speaker of the house, senate president and governor; reforming the return on investment requirements by eliminating the use of waivers and requiring a 10% annualized return on top of the original investment in a company; and streamlining state approval while continuing to ensure that no tax dollars leave the trust until a company meets its specified job creation goals. Details: www.enterpriseflorida.com
NEW GREENWAY: The county’s Building Better Communities Bond Program Citizens Advisory Committee has recommended allocating $500,000 to create the Southwest 144th Avenue Linear Greenway to run along Southwest 144th Avenue between Bird Road and Southwest Ninth Street. The project would add more recreation space and non-motorized connectivity in West Kendall. The committee forwarded its Nov. 6 recommendation to the Miami-Dade County Commission for action.