Mayor Gimenez hosting budget town hall meeting Week in Review: Sept. 8, 2014 - Sept. 12, 2014

Friday afternoon I join our friends at City Year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Volunteer Florida and AmeriCorps. I have had the honor of serving on the City Year board and I know first-hand the tremendous impact their service to our community has had. City Year is an education-focused nonprofit that partners with public schools in 25 cities across the country. City Year Miami corps members provide targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out of school by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs. I proudly stand with each individual who has taken a vested interest in the well-being of our community and encourage tomorrow’s leaders to start today through service.

September 12, 2014

On Thursday, we gathered at Tropical Park to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001.On Thursday, we gathered at Tropical Park to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Over 400 first responders lost their lives that day trying to protect and save others. Thirteen years ago, I had the honor of joining the search and rescue teams from Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami at Ground Zero. While it was a haunting experience to be at the place where so many lives were lost through an act of terror, I was moved by the heroism of the people who came from all over to help New York City heal. We remember those who gave their lives, and we continue to honor those who place service above self.

On Monday morning, we held the third meeting of my business roundtable. This is an effort to increase participation from the business community in bringing private sector innovation and solutions to government. These top business leaders are currently looking at ways to alleviate traffic congestion in the County by increasing our current mobility options. In addition to traditional mobility options such as bus and rail, we need to link downtown Miami and Miami Beach through the Beach Corridor Project, formerly known as Bay Link. We also need to increase our use of technology by allowing app based peer-to-peer mobility solutions to operate in the County. Furthermore, we are finding ways in which technology can help synchronize traffic signals to improve traffic flow. By partnering the private sector, we can help alleviate traffic and improve mobility in our community.

Chief Dave Downey This week my office received great news from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR), the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) and the Medical Examiner. Chief Dave Downey received the designation of Chief Fire Officer from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Only 993 chiefs worldwide have earned this distinction. In addition, WASD announced it has earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. WASD has received this award for 31 consecutive years. Finally, the Medical Examiner’s toxicology laboratory was awarded a Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Grant for the third time since 2008. The funds will be used to purchase an instrument that will streamline the lab’s drug screening process. I would like to congratulate these departments as they continue to provide excellent service to our 2.5 million residents.

On Thursday, Sept. 18, the public will once again have the opportunity to weigh in on the County’s spending priorities during the second and final hearing on the Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget.

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