Monday, August 17, 2015

My Budget Town Hall Meetings kicked-off on Aug. 10 to provide residents with an opportunity to ask questions and provide input on the FY 2015-16 Proposed Budget. Meetings were already held in Florida City, West Kendall, Palmetto Bay and Aventura.

This week's meeting schedule is:

Date:           Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Time:           6 p.m.
Location:    Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment, 4800 Palm Ave., Hialeah, FL 33012

Date:           Thursday, August 20, 2015
Time:           6 p.m.
Location:     Arcola Lakes Branch Library, 8240 NW 7 Ave., Miami, FL 33150  

Additionally, on Thursday, August 20, 2015, Mayor Gimenez will host two virtual town hall meetings using Facebook and Twitter to further expand our outreach regarding the budget:

• The Facebook meeting will be at noon.

• The Twitter chat will be at 2 p.m.

Interested participants are encouraged to post questions related to the FY 2015-16 Proposed Budget on Facebook or Twitter with #AskMayorGimenez or submit your question via the online form.

To see the full meeting schedule, visit the Budget Town Hall webpage. For details regarding the FY 2015-16 Proposed Budget and Multi-Year Capital Plan, visit the Office of Management and Budget's website.

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Visit to Denver, Colorado

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Denver, Colorado, to meet with political, business and community leaders to learn first-hand how the area has been successful in implementing the Denver FastTracks Program. FastTracks include 122 miles of new commuter rail and light rail and 18 miles of bus rapid transit implemented through innovative joint development and public private partnerships. Miami-Dade Transit Director, Alice Bravo; the Citizens Independent Transportation Trust; Chairman Monestime; Commissioner Bovo; Commissioner Barreiro, Commissioner Moss; the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; the Downtown Development Authority and other community leaders were also in attendance.


I thank Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and City leaders for inviting our delegation to study the city's transit systems and how officials funded the expansion there.

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Summer Issue of MIA Connections E-Magazine

Whether it's learning about Miami-Dade's best spas, thriving music scene, or where to buy everything from books to beers from around the world at Miami International Airport, you can read all about it in the summer issue of MIA Connections. The latest issue of the airport's official digital magazine, available online now or the hashtag #MIAConnex, also features local attractions and special events around town, including family-friendly activities.

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