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Mayor's Week in Review

05.04.2015

Haitian American Month Kick-Off

On Friday, May 1, Miami-Dade County kicked off the celebration of the 15th Annual National Haitian Heritage Cultural Month. This year's theme is ''Haiti: Witness the Renaissance, Relive the Magic.''  Events take place throughout the County all month, showcasing Haitian art, history, music and cuisine. We encourage residents to join in the celebration of the history, traditions and culture of Haiti and our local community.

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Badge of Bravery Presentation

It was my honor to recognize the bravery and courage of one of our own Miami-Dade Police Officers Mario Gutierrez along with Congresswomen Frederica Wilson, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Commissioner Sosa and Miami-Dade Police Department Director Patterson.

In 2013, Officer Gutierrez discovered a subject attempting to cause a large explosion at a gas station near Miami International Airport. He made the courageous decision to approach the subject which turned into a violent confrontation. Throughout the encounter and after sustaining multiple stab wounds, Officer Gutierrez refused to be over powered and fought through the pain ultimately having to use deadly force.

Officer Gutierrez's determination paid off and a disaster was averted. We express our deep gratitude for his actions and for placing his own life on the line in the line of duty.

Labor Summit

On Monday, April 27, I met with leaders from several of our labor unions. These meetings are on-going discussions which I committed to hosting after my administration reached new agreements with these Labor organiztaion in the fall of last year. The meetings are designed to improve relations between labor and management, while addressing conditions and services for our County employees.

Complete Streets Forum

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to participate in the 2015 Complete Streets Forum coordinated by the Neat Streets Miami Board, in efforts to identify safety measures to better balance all transportation modes on our roads and encourage the development of walkable, sustainable communities through an integrated approach to the planning of transportation networks. 

As Mayor it is my priority to ensure the safety of all our residents and visitors. That is why it is so troubling that our metropolitan area has consistently ranked among the top five most dangerous areas in the nation for cyclists and pedestrians. We cannot afford to continue this and that is why I am committed to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Mayors Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets. I want to adapt the best practices and innovative methods of safety here in Miami-Dade County. I am thankful for the great Miami-Dade partners that have made the 2015 Complete Streets Forum possible. This forum helps us re-imagine our roadways, with the forethought of incorporating transit, pedestrian and bicycle-friendly facilities, crosswalks and trails in the planning and design of Miami-Dade's transportation network.

City Year Partners with the Miami Dolphins

Last week, I participated in the launching of the transformative partnership between City Year and the Miami Dolphins to benefit education in the City of Miami Gardens. As a founding member of the City Year Advisory Board, I understand the positive impact the organization has on our community. City Year provides academic tutoring and mentoring to at-risk youth. We have an obligation to invest in the education of all children -- our future -- especially those who reside in #OurCounty. 

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Opening of the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies

It was my pleasure to speak at the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies last week. Miami-Dade County is committed to public-private partnerships that provide opportunities for residents, and we're moving forward addressing critical needs by partnering with private sector and other government agencies.

I thank the Housing Finance Authorities for providing the funding for many of these buildings and for always doing everything possible to alleviate the shortage of public housing in Miami-Dade County.

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Greater Kendall Business Association - Networking Luncheon

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to join the Greater Kendall Business Association in an effort to continue working together to make Miami-Dade County an even better place to live, work, invest and raise a family. The Greater Kendall area is the fastest growing residential and business community in the county, with a population of more than 300,000 residents, over 5,000 businesses, and approximately 45,000 workers. I want to thank the Greater Kendall Association for their continued partnership and collaboration with Miami-Dade County government. Our community would not be the fine place that it is today without the contributions of all our residents, but more needs to be done. 

I want to invite all 34 of Miami-Dade County's municipalities to continue to work together to identify ways to reduce congestion on our roadways; maintain, improve, and expand our transit and mobility options; and incorporate federal and state resources, as well as private sector to address current and future needs.

Ironhack Coding Bootcamp

I was happy to welcome Miami-based Coding Bootcamp Ironhack to County Hall to provide staff and invited media a 60-minute coding class to highlight my commitment to making Miami a global tech hub. Ironhack, which has partnered with the eMerge Americas Conference to lead its upcoming hackathon, is recognized as one of the best coding bootcamps in the world by Switchup.org and is Miami's leading provider of intensive programming courses for developers and entrepreneurs. Miami-Dade County's technology and innovation sector is no longer a well-kept secret. Our world-class community has over 1,500 tech and innovative companies operating here that support over 8,300 jobs. The bootcamp helps us better understand what programmers do and how we can inspire our community's young people to consider careers in this thriving field.

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