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For Immediate Release:
May 05, 2015
Media Contact:
Johanna Cervone

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava's resolution to establish preference for purchase of local goods passes Board of County Commissioners

Miami, FL—Today, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to establish preference for the purchase of good produced in Miami-Dade County. The resolution calls for special language to be used in existing and future County contracts to give preference to locally manufactured products, including agricultural goods.

“This resolution builds on existing County policy to support our local businesses. We already have a long and proud tradition of including local industries in County contracts, and today we have broadened the scope to focus on the origin of the products. Now, locally manufactured and grown goods will be used in our operations whenever possible,” explained Commissioner Levine Cava.

Miami-Dade County currently gives preference to local services in County contracts. The County also holds an annual local business exposition and publishes a registry of manufacturers within Miami-Dade County.

“Expanding current local product initiatives would stimulate the economy, provide fresher produce and cut down on logistical costs. By purchasing these goods, the County will raise awareness about the many local manufacturers that are working in our own neighborhoods, and show the many manufacturing opportunities that are available in Miami-Dade to outside businesses that may be considering moving their operations to our County. When we support local businesses and industries, we support our economy and our community,” said the Commissioner.

Much of the production in Miami-Dade includes agricultural goods. In order to best implement this expanded policy in the agricultural sector, the County will seek the guidance of the Miami-Dade Agricultural Manager. The Small Business Division and the Miami-Dade County Extension Service of the Internal Services Department will also work with the Mayor’s office to develop strategies to implement the resolution.