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For Immediate Release:
November 17, 2017
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Mia DeVane

South Dade business and civic leaders to hold summit on new economic strategy and job creation goals

MIAMI-DADE – What’s next for South Dade? Community and civic leaders will come together on Thursday, November 30, for the third annual South Dade Solutions Summit to develop an economic development strategy and unite to aggressively pursue new business growth.

The event, sponsored by the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade (EDC), will be held at ZooMiami and is open to the public. To register, visit:

“South Dade has made great strides over the last year with the launch of its marketing campaign, South Dade/More to Explore,” said County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, who is co-hosting the conference with County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss. “Yet, there is still much to be done to attain our goal of bringing new jobs and opportunities to South Dade. The Summit is designed to help us forge ahead, united as a community.”

Just weeks after marking the 25th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew and celebrating the impressive rebirth of South Dade in recent years, Hurricane Irma impacted the region known as the gateway to the hard-hit Florida Keys and disrupted its agriculture industry. But, the area is well on the road to recovery.

“South Dade is coming back stronger than ever,” Moss said. “The purpose of the Solutions Summit is to bring all sectors of our diverse community together to develop a unified economic development strategy. Our mission is straightforward: bringing new business and growth opportunities to the south end of Miami-Dade County.”

South Dade is generally considered the south tier of Miami-Dade County comprised of Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Homestead and Florida City and unincorporated Miami-Dade County bounded by Biscayne Bay to the East and the Everglades to the West.

Key local, state and federal economic development officials are participating in the day-long summit that will focus on how to market South Dade for economic development and identify targeted industries that are sustainable, well positioned for significant growth, and can benefit from the assets that are present in South Miami-Dade.

“The Summit will provide a platform for businesspeople and residents to share their thoughts and ideas on the area’s future development,” said Rene Infante, Chairman of the EDC. “It is also an opportunity to demonstrate that South Dade — now more than ever — is united in its effort to raise its business profile and create more opportunities for the people who live and work here.”

WLRN Vice-President of News Tom Hudson, who hosts the popular business news show “The Sunshine Economy,” which showcases South Florida industries, will emcee the Summit. Speakers at the daylong event include: Michael Finney, President and CEO of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council; Greg Vaday, U.S. Economic Development Administration; Isabel Cosio Carballo; South Florida Regional Planning Council; and Althea Harris, Assistant Director for the Small Business Administration.

The November 30th Summit is the third such event since 2014. Past Summits have served as valuable vehicles to develop an identity and marketing program for South Dade. This year’s event is expected to be equally valuable as the community comes together to develop the long-needed strategy for economic growth in South Dade. Visit for additional information.