FYI Miami: June 16, 2016
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ORGANIZATIONS SEEK $87 MILLION: Miami-Dade County received more than 250 proposals requesting more than $87 million in response to a request for proposals that it issued Feb. 12 for human and social services community-based organization funding, Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a memo to commissioners last week. The procedure is now under a cone of silence, which prohibits discussion of the applicants or the process. The mayor said that from this week through June 28 “proposers will have an opportunity to address any technical deficiencies identified in their proposals” and to respond in writing to the ratings they received after a due diligence review. The new competitive solicitation process went through seven pre-proposal conferences attended by 50 to 200 participants each.
SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTS: Eight Miami-Dade County departments with capital infrastructure programs would be required to each name a full-time employee as the department’s small business development liaison and work with the county’s Small Business Development team to help small businesses get public infrastructure contracts under a proposal by Commissioner Barbara Jordan to be heard today (6/16) by the commission’s Economic Prosperity Committee. These eight liaisons would meet monthly with the Small Business Development team to review current projects and share information about “projects, goals, contractors and subcontractors, and compliance.” If Mayor Carlos Gimenez didn’t subsequently appoint the eight liaison officials he would be required to report why not to commissioners within 60 days.
THIS PLACE IS HISTORY: Eight new Florida Historical Markers will be installed throughout Coconut Grove. Miami commissioners accepted the signs and directed the city manager to install them. The Coconut Grove Civic Club procured the signs from the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, and offered to donate them to place at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Coconut Grove Library, Housekeepers Club of Coconut Grove/Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove, Pan American Seaplane Base and Terminal Building, US Coast Guard Air Station at Dinner Key, Mariah Brown House, Evangelist Street/Charles Avenue and the E.W.F. Stirrup House. This is part of a program from the mayor and city manager to promote cultural tourism, education and awareness of historic sites commemorating important elements of the city’s history.