FYI Miami: July 9, 2020
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MATCHMAKING EXPANDED: Enterprise Florida Inc., the state’s economic development arm, announced it would expand its Virtual Business Matchmaking program to include contact with clients in Canada and Mexico following the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement that took effect July 1. The program, which links Florida companies with qualified international clients, is now active in multiple target markets: Canada, Mexico, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. “In each market or region,” the announcement said, “EFI’s international representatives will connect Florida companies with five pre-qualified partners/distributors through teleconference or videoconference.” Florida companies can access the program free via reimbursable grants from EFI that cover the full cost of the process.
PALMETTO REVAMP: In a three-month construction program, the Florida Department of Transportation will begin Palmetto Expressway modifications July 13, converting one northbound express lane to a non-tolled general use lane, removing the express lane entrance north of Northwest 36th Street, moving the express lane entrance north of Okeechobee Road south, and moving the express lane exit at Northwest 154th Street south. Lanes will be closed from time to time during the work. The next phase is to begin in early 2022, focused on the southbound lanes.
NURSES FOR JACKSON: Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he will send about 100 medical personnel, mostly nurses, to Miami to help with the surge of Covid-19 patients at Jackson Health System. He said he is directing nurses under contract with the state to work in South Florida while he waits for the federal government to respond to a request he made to Vice President Mike Pence for additional medical personnel.
AMAZON SOUTH: Miami-Dade County would sell land to Amazon, which would build a million square feet of warehouse space and provide 325 jobs in the Naranja area near Homestead Air Reserve Base, under an agreement that Commissioner Dennis Moss was to sponsor before the county commission this week. Amazon would invest $80 million in its facilities, and the permanent jobs would pay at least $32,000 a year. The company would pay the county $22 million, with 25% going to the Miami-Dade County Affordable Housing Trust Fund and 75% to the Homestead Air Reserve Base Trust Fund to further economic development nearby. In September 2018 Amazon opened a fulfillment center in Opa-Locka geared to employ 1,000 workers.