Mayor Gimenez appears on CBS Evening News

Tuesday I traveled to New York City to participate in a panel discussion on race relations in diverse metropolitan communities. The discussion, moderated by Scott Pelley of CBS Evening News, included mayors from Seattle, Gary, Ind. and East Orange, N.J. I was honored and humbled to be part of this timely and important conversation. I hope that our different perspectives will help create understanding and healing in other communities.

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On behalf of our 2.6 million residents, I welcomed the delegates from the United States Olympic Committee and the Pan American Sports Organization to the second Americas Best Practice Symposium. Over 80 delegates from 40 different nations will share best practices in key areas that are essential to the success of an Olympic Committee during this weeklong forum. Our vibrant community represents a joining of the rich and diverse Pan American cultures, making it the perfect backdrop for this important symposium.

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Wednesday night I joined the Beacon Council to present the key to Miami-Dade County and celebrate 39 companies that have chosen to locate or expand their business in Miami-Dade County. These companies will generate more than $500 million in new capital investment and will create over 2,000 direct jobs. They are, without a doubt, helping make Miami-Dade County one of the top global communities to visit, invest and live in.

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I was honored to join the Hialeah-Miami Springs Rotary Club for a special luncheon on Wednesday afternoon. In addition to sharing with approximately 40 Rotarians the exciting news about how we are pushing to transform Miami-Dade County into the next great community in the country, I congratulated and thanked them for their service and tireless desire to help others locally and around the world. 

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My staff had the privilege to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to “Youth Advocate of the Year” Kenisha Anthony, who is an inspiration to her peers, educators, colleagues and everyone she meets. She has persevered through unimaginable difficulties with grace and self-determination. It is Kenisha’s hope that by sharing her story and educating others, all youth in Florida's foster care system will have legal representation to ensure their voice is heard. Way to go, Kenisha!

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