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Mayor's Week in Review

Week in Review 10.24.2014

Talking transportation in our nation's capitol

Big cities have big traffic challenges and Miami-Dade County is no different. This week, I traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in forum hosted by the Washington Post called "Fix My Commute" which is part of their America Answers series. Post reporter Aaron Blake moderated the event where I shared my perspectives on the future of transportation in Miami-Dade County, which has the 14th largest transit system in the United States. We discussed transportation projects such as the PortMiami tunnel which was completed on time and within budget, plans for the All Aboard Florida passenger rail line linking Miami and Orlando, the upcoming linear park on our railway known as the "Underline" and the Metrorail Orange line to Miami International Airport. Then I had a chance to spend some time with Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker who were also at the forum. Later I met with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the National Economic Council and officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation to discuss transportation and infrastructure projects and workforce development and ways Miami-Dade county and the Federal Government can work together in those areas.

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Poverty and health care are some of the key areas that need to be addressed in Miami-Dade County. This week I hosted business and healthcare roundtables to lead Miami-Dade County in a better direction. At the business roundtable, which was attended by local government and business leaders, I presented an initiative to ensure that opportunities for advancement are available for all County residents. Through this initiative, we will train residents who need jobs and match them up with business owners who need their skills in order to get their projects off the ground. The path out of poverty and towards a stronger middle class is through hard work and good job opportunities. This roundtable calls on the best and brightest in key sectors to work together to find a better way forward.

At the Healthcare meeting, co-hosted with the Health Council of South Florida, and attended by state and local leaders from both the public and private sector, I promoted shared leadership and the alignment of our community resources to create a healthy, sustainable and accountable community. Moving forward, my administration will continue to work in partnership with the Health Council of South Florida to lead this collaborative approach towards population health management, which ultimately will reduce our healthcare costs and improve the health and well-being of residents. I would like to thank Marisel Losa, Dr. Thao Tran, and their team at the Health Council for all the work they do in our community.

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This week, Emerge Americas founder Manny Medina and I discussed our aspirations for making Miami-Dade County a center for tech and innovation at the kickoff celebration for next year's event. The 2014 Emerge Americas event was a huge success, attracting 6,000 attendees and 400 companies and putting our County at the center of the tech map. The 2015 event is expected to be an even bigger success. Technology is creating new opportunities for jobs and innovation that did not exist before. So if you're interested in technology, efficiency and collaborating on the next great innovation, register for the event today.

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Getting people back to work has and continues to be one of my top priorities, and working with organizations like CareerSource South Florida, we are making headway. This week, I attended the grand opening of the brand new Edison Courts Re- Employment Center. Since 2007, I've been working with CareerSource South Florida's Executive Director Rick Beasley to build these types of facilities at public housing locations like Edison Courts. As the mayor of all Miami-Dade County, I want to make sure that opportunities for advancement are available for all County residents. Although we lead the state in job creation, and the growth of our metro economy is greater than the national average, there are still too many people in our community who have not been able to benefit from our economic growth. This new center is will give folks the extra skills and qualifications they need to connect with employers who are seeking smart, capable workers.

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