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Mayor's Week in Review

06.06.2015

Virgin Cruises Makes Waves

On June 23, I had the pleasure of welcoming Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and Virgin Cruises' president and CEO Tom McAlpin to the Perez Art Museum Miami. Virgin Cruises officially announced that PortMiami will be it's home-port for its cruise ships that are expected to will sail in 2020. The addition of Virgin Cruises is another step toward strengthening #OurCounty as a global commercial and cultural gateway. I thank Juan Kuryla and his team at PortMiami for working diligently over many months to secure this agreement.

Police Body Cameras Take
Another Step Forward

I appreciate the members of the Board of County Commissioners who voted to move forward with the advertisement of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for body worn cameras and video management storage solution for the Miami-Dade Police Department. Since the fall of 2012, I have advocated for body worn cameras because I have always believed that they will help build confidence and trust between law enforcement and our residents. Additionally, I feel that there use will reduce the number of frivolous complaints against our officers. I remain committed to using this technology to enhance the safety of our 2.6 Million residents and the Miami-Dade Police Officers who protect our County.

Upwards and Onwards

On June 2, 2015, I officially appointed new directors for Internal Services Department (ISD) and for Community Information and Outreach (CIAO) departments.

The new director of CIAO is Ms. Inson Kim. Ms. Kim was previously the Director of Intergovernmental and External Affairs in the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources. Prior to this role, Ms. Kim was the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Office of the Mayor where she was responsible for managing all legislative priorities and matters related to the County's legislative process, intergovernmental affairs, charter review, and agenda coordination. Ms. Kim started her tenure with Miami-Dade County as a public information officer within the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

Ms. Tara Smith, the new director of ISD, joined Miami-Dade County in 2004 after working in the nonprofit sector managing a program within the juvenile justice system. Ms. Smith has risen through the ranks and by 2007 she had become the Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections. In this capacity, Ms. Smith managed the largest elections operation in the state of Florida and oversaw three presidential elections. After her departure from Elections, Ms. Smith held a number of leadership positions at ISD including Assistant Director.

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Business and Trade Development
Mission to France

From June 12 through June 20, I led a business development mission to Paris and Marseille, France. The objective of the mission is multifaceted with goals of strengthening business ties between France and the County, while also providing local private sector participants with opportunities to develop their commercial activities with French companies. Our Governor Rick Scott joined us for a portion of the mission in Paris.

In 2014, France was Miami-Dade County's 12th-largest trading partner, moving up four spots from the previous year and becoming the County's top trading partner among all European countries. The $2.65 billion worth of bilateral trade between Miami-Dade County and France in 2014 represented an increase of 9.4 percent over the previous year. The French government maintains a Consulate, including a Trade Commission and regional trade offices in Miami.

I thank the leaders involved and the French government for welcoming Miami-Dade County and our local partners to their Country.

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