Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 043399
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File Number: 043399 File Type: Resolution Status: Before the Board
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: BEACON COUNCIL TO FUND AGENCIA DE PROMOCAO DE EXPORTACOES DO Introduced: 12/7/2004
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 2/1/2005 Agenda Item Number: 10A7
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE BEACON COUNCIL FACILITATE FUNDING OF $30,000 TO AGENCIA DE PROMOCAO DE EXPORTACOES DO BRASIL TO OFFSET RELOCATION AND STARTUP COSTS IN THE MIAMI FREE ZONE AND FURTHER REQUESTING THE COUNTY MANAGER IDENTIFY SAID FUNDING IF THE BEACON COUNCIL FUNDING IS NOT FORTHCOMING
Indexes: BEACON COUNCIL
  FUNDING SOURCE
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: Yes Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 2/1/2005 10A7 Withdrawn
REPORT: See Agenda Item 10A7 SUBSTITUTE; Legislative File No.050046.

Board of County Commissioners 1/20/2005 10A6 Deferred 2/1/2005

County Manager 1/19/2005 Deferrals 1/20/2005
REPORT: Requesting deferral of this item to February 1, 2005 BCC meeting.

County Attorney 12/7/2004 Assigned Murray A. Greenberg

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE BEACON COUNCIL FACILITATE FUNDING OF $30,000 TO AGENCIA DE PROMOCAO DE EXPORTACOES DO BRASIL TO OFFSET RELOCATION AND STARTUP COSTS IN THE MIAMI FREE ZONE AND FURTHER REQUESTING THE COUNTY MANAGER IDENTIFY SAID FUNDING IF THE BEACON COUNCIL FUNDING IS NOT FORTHCOMING

BODY

WHEREAS, Brazil is Florida’s largest trade partner with a $9.2 billion dollar impact to our economy in 2003; and
WHEREAS, Florida and Miami are home to hundreds of Brazilian companies and thousands of Brazilian residents; and
WHEREAS, APEX (Agencia de Promocao de Exportacoes do Brasil) is the official export promotion agency of Brazil and is charged with leading Brazil’s national objective of increasing exports to the US from $28 billion to $100 billion annually; and
WHEREAS, APEX is seeking to establish a distribution center from which to launch Brazilian products into the US, and is considering both Miami and Atlanta for this facility; and
WHEREAS, APEX will seek to provide an incubator setting for some 300 Brazilian companies, who would initially share warehouse and showroom space, and later spin off into their own facilities once markets for the companies’ products are more firmly grounded; and
WHEREAS, The Beacon Council and Enterprise Florida have conveyed to APEX that their project would not qualify for traditional state or local incentives in Florida because they would not create 10 direct jobs initially; and


WHEREAS, Atlanta has reportedly offered APEX an attractive package of incentives that would include reduced rents ($6.50 per square foot, vs. an at-cost rate of $9.00 at the Miami Free Zone), and funds for relocation; and
WHEREAS, while APEX may well prefer a Miami location over Atlanta, the agency needs to be able to justify to its constituents that Miami can be competitive with Atlanta in terms of cost, interest in attracting the project, and goodwill; and
WHEREAS, APEX and Miami Free Zone officials have indicated that a specially tailored incentive package in the amount of $30,000 may be enough to offset their relocation and startup costs and attract this important project to Miami; and
WHEREAS, this project will result in the possibility of hundreds of indirect jobs and jobs from Brazilian companies sponsored by APEX, as well as millions of dollars in trade and other services injected into the local economy; and
WHEREAS, Apex’s interest in Miami Dade County solidifies Brazil’s endorsement of Miami as the “Gateway of the Americas” and will help the County’s goal of acquiring the FTAA Permanent Secretariat,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board recognizes the importance of free trade and its impact on Miami-Dade County, and requests The Beacon Council facilitate the funding of $30,000 to offset the relocation and startup costs and attract this important project to Miami-Dade County instead of Atlanta; however, in the event The Beacon Council funding is not forthcoming, further directs the County Manager to identify said funding.



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