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Mayor's Week in Review

Mayor's Week in Review 10.17.2014

Community investments paying off

This week I participated in the grand opening of the Gran Via Affordable Housing Apartments for the elderly. Funded by the Building Better Communities bond program, this property features 104 new residential units for qualified elderly residents. Not only does it allow seniors to live independently and affordably in a safe, attractive environment, this LEED Silver certified facility also features energy efficient technology, units for disabled, laundry facilities on each floor and other amenities. Projects like these are just part of the positive impact the bond program has had in our community. We've also enhanced infrastructure to improve traffic flow, drainage and much more. Miami-Dade County has already invested over $1.2 billion into the community with another $1.6 billion to come. Not only is our county a better place to live, work and play as a result of these projects, we are also attracting new businesses to our community, because a stronger infrastructure makes large employers want to do business here. Stay tuned for more Building Better Communities bond program news in the coming weeks.

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If Miami-Dade County is to attract innovative businesses, government has to be an innovative organization. That's the message I drove home at the Beacon Council's Annual Meeting this week. The Beacon Council has been instrumental in building strong relationships between government and businesses like Ryder, Amazon and American Airlines. But it has also recognized the enormous job-generating potential that small businesses provide to our economy through partnerships with companies like Venture Hive, a technology incubator that has been a key player in Miami-Dade County's exploding tech sector, a targeted industry in our One Community, One Goal blueprint for economic growth. This company is responsible for the relocation of more than 20 startups from all over the globe to Miami-Dade County, and it's now home to the first Microsoft Innovation Center in North America. I called on the Beacon Council to continue emphasizing small business development for job growth and economic opportunity for our residents, so that our best and brightest don't have to leave Miami-Dade County to have a successful career.

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Our 2014 United Way Miami-Dade County Employee Campaign kicked off this week. For years our employees have been some of the biggest supporters of the United Way and this year is expected to be no different. Last year our organization raised over $1 million. The funds came not only from employee payroll contributions, workers went the extra mile by organizing raffles, hosting baking sales and participating in soccer tournaments and other activities. Working together with the United Way of Miami-Dade, our organization is committed to improving education, financial stability and health for people right here at home. Whether it's through the United Way of Miami-Dade or another organization, I encourage all County residents to do their part to help those in our community have a shot at a better life.

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