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For Immediate Release:
June 09, 2017
Media Contact:
Christopher Ferreira
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Chairman Bovo and County Commissioners welcome Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) to promote relocation of headquarters to Miami-Dade


MIAMI-DADE – Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Esteban Bovo Jr., and County Commissioners will welcome the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) to Miami-Dade County on June 13 for an international symposium and to discuss moving its headquarters to Miami-Dade.

“Miami-Dade County would be an ideal location for the headquarters of PASO because of our world-class airport and seaport, diverse population, geographic location, cultural and athletic ties with the nations of the Americas,” said Chairman Bovo, who will be delivering the welcome remarks at the opening of the Americas Best Practices Symposium in Brickell. “I look forward to showing PASO the best of Miami-Dade County.”

On June 6, the Commission established the Miami-Dade County Pan American Sports Organization Advisory Board to liaise with PASO to promote the relocation of the PASO’s headquarters to Miami-Dade County. PASO is an international organization representing 41 national Olympic committees throughout North and South America. It has been affiliated with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1951 and has organized the Pan American Games.

Members of the Advisory Board will include a representative of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, a representative of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, a representative of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, a representative of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, a representative of the Beacon Council, a representative from the Mayor’s office and the Director of Miami-Dade Exploratory Committee.

Rafael Garcia-Toledo, Director of the Miami-Dade Exploratory Committee, has been working with PASO for six years to secure the relocation of the headquarters. “This is a dream come true,” said Toledo.