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The Dr. Antonio Jorge Social and Economic Development Council

The Dr. Antonio Jorge Social and Economic Development Council (SEDC) suggests and recommends to the Board of County Commissioners the appropriate short and long-term policies and measures to reactivate the economy of the County, with special attention to the needs of low income segments of population in an effort to reduce socio-economic disparities.

The SEDC appoints ad-hoc subcommittees as issues warrant. Currently there is one committee, the Conference Subcommittee, responsible for planning and conducting the upcoming conference on accelerating job growth for  Miami-Dade residents through economic development. Recent subcommittees included a Small Business Development Subcommittee and an Evaluation & Appraisal Report Analysis Subcommittee.

Mission Statement: To improve the quality of life of all residents of Miami-Dade County by providing the County Commission and Mayor with timely, objective, transparent and thoughtful advice on significant social and economic issues. The Council aims to pursue a balanced perspective among economic development, social justice, and environmental sustainability, both in the short and long term.

Research and studies

  • Destination Casinos in South Florida: Findings of Fact and Recommendations
    May 2013

This presentation intends to share the relevant experience of other cities around the world in dealing with casinos. If destination casinos do come to Miami-Dade County, what are the considerations and terms that would be best for the people of Miami-Dade and the State of Florida?

Destination casinos attract visitors from outside of the locality where they are located. Only about 15% of the gamblers in casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas are local residents, but 83% of the gamblers on riverboats in Illinois are local.

South Florida already has casinos directed toward local people. The current debate is about destination casinos that would attract affluent tourists.

This document does not take any position regarding whether we should have destination casinos or not, but we want to show what the consequences might be for allowing the new forms of gambling.

Meeting agendas and minutes

The Council meets every third Friday of the month at 2 p.m. on the 19th Floor of the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st Street, Miami.

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