Road map set for diversifying Miami-Dade County’s economy

May 16, 2012

Excerpt from The Miami Herald

With the final plan for One Community One Goal complete and our economic road map clearly set, the real work of growing and diversifying our economy can now begin. It’s time to roll up our sleeves, walk the walk and take One Community One Goal from a great plan to an even better reality for our hometown. That means sticking to our plan, aiming for our goals, and measuring our successes in real terms from here forward.

My vision for Miami-Dade County is to position our community as one of the most attractive places in the world for investors, corporations and entrepreneurs, and the One Community One Goal initiative is helping to move in that direction.

Getting to this point has been a team effort and making sure all hands are on deck going forward will be critical to reaching our goals. Government, educators, non-profits and the private sector all have an important role to play.

You can count on Miami-Dade County government to do its part. We’re making sure that our regulatory environment encourages private sector growth, whether it’s helping start- ups get on their feet; guiding out-of-town investors through the permitting processes; or providing existing businesses the tools they need to grow.

Our role in making the One Community One Goal initiative a success goes beyond creating a business-friendly environment. We also happen to run the two largest economic engines in Miami-Dade County: Miami International Airport (MIA) and PortMiami. Combined, they support more than 350,000 jobs and have an economic impact of close to $40 billion.

In a very concrete way, both facilities will underpin the job-creation efforts that we aim to achieve through this initiative. If you’ve been following the news lately, you know that these industry leaders continue making big moves.

Read the full article in The Miami Herald.