(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- On May 3, 2011, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss gained Board approval to modify the General Obligation Bond (GOB) Economic Development Funds, in order to finance the infrastructure improvements necessary to host the 2012 Miami International Aerospace Show (MIAS).
The approval by the County authorizes up to $7.5 million in public infrastructure improvements from the Building Better Communities (BBC) General Obligation Bond Project for the MIAS event in 2012 upon the satisfaction of certain conditions by The Beacon Council. The conditions include securing the necessary Federal approvals to use Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) and obtaining written commitments from key exhibitors for MIAS.
Commissioner Moss first proposed a Paris type Air Show in the 1990s, when he had a chance to actually visit the Paris Air Show and ride a bullet train from Paris to Toulouse France to visit the Airbus aircraft assembly facility. During recent years, The Beacon Council has led the initiative to bring an event similar to the Paris Air Show to Miami-Dade County. The Beacon Council believes that Miami-Dade county has the necessary community resources to host a major international aerospace show that will have a significant economic impact for county businesses and residents. This would be the most important show of its kind in the Americas, attracting both visitors as well as major representatives of the aerospace industry, which would continue to strengthen our aviation industry.
Commissioner Moss stated, "I believe by bringing the International Air Show to Miami it would attract countless visitors from all around and would be one of the largest shows of its kind in the western hemisphere."