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Mayor's Week in Review

Week in Review 03.23.2015

Board of County Commissioners supports first steps for American Dream Miami

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners and the school board approved separate land deals last week. The American Dream Miami project still needs to go through the necessary regulatory, zoning, environmental and other hearings before it is approved and construction can begin. However, once built, it is expected to be the nation's largest retail and entertainment complex, attracting millions of visitors from around the world. The proposed project would be an big boost for our economy. The Triple Five company projects it will create 25,000 permanent jobs and 25,000 construction jobs, further bolstering Miami-Dade County's job market.

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HUD Secretary visits Miami-Dade County

On Thursday, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced changes to Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act and the launch of a National Section 3 Business Registry. I am proud that Secretary Castro chose Miami-Dade County to share such important news. My administration and I are dedicated to job creation. We are constantly looking for innovative ways to connect job seekers with those employers that need workers.  This is evident in initiatives such as Employ Miami-Dade. As a result of our efforts, I am proud to say that the unemployment rate continues to fall. When I first took office, our County had an 11.6 percent unemployment rate. As of last week, it is at 6.1 percent, and Miami-Dade County is still leading the state in job creation. 

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Employ Miami-Dade graduates 22 more residents

We are proud to announce yet another graduating class of Employ Miami-Dade. The most recent ceremony honoring 22 graduates, took place at D. A. Dorsey Technical College on Wednesday, March 19. To date, the training program has had 623 participants. This is validation that Employ Miami-Dade is meeting the goals it set out to -- connecting employers with potential workers; providing the skills training necessary to prepare our residents to enter the workforce; and ensuring that Miami-Dade residents are first in line to be considered for jobs. 

Mayor Gimenez visits Robert King High Towers

The health and wellness of our senior citizens is important to all of us, which is why my administration is in the predevelopment stage of the Martin Fine Villas, a 50-unit building housing primarily for disabled residents. It was a pleasure to visit the Robert King High Towers and Haley Sofge Towers public housing developments, along with City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo, Deputy Mayor Russell Benford, and Public Housing and Community Development Director Michael Liu. This new development will be constructed before the residents of Martin Fine Villas are transferred. The work is planned to begin by the end of the year. 

Connecting with our community 

I feel strongly that as Mayor I should be providing frequent updates on my administration's work. That is why I take every opportunity to be interviewed by members of our local media so that our residents hear directly from their County Mayor. Last week, I had the pleasure of joining Radio Mambi's Bernadette Pardo, Martha Flores and Humberto Cortina to discuss the Miami-Dade County Connectivity Plan that includes the new Tri-Rail downtown Miami link, as well as the proposed  American Dream Miami project. 

 Univision 23's Eileen Cardet invited me to her weekly community affairs program, "Ahora en Nuestra Comunidad" where we discussed transit and mobility options in our community, police body-cameras, and American Dream Miami among other topics. I also joined CNN International's Richard Quest at the Pérez Art Museum Miami for his program "Quest Means Business." We engaged in an interesting conversation about tourism and the County's growing economy. This international interview is further proof that the rest of the world is noticing the good things that are happening in Miami-Dade County. 

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