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Dear Residents,

Thank you for subscribing to the District 1 e-Newsletter. I want to provide you useful information and keep you up to date on what's happening in our district.

At the Board of County Commissioners meeting on June 6, I sponsored-and my colleagues supported-the final piece of legislation that will pave for a major economic development project to come to Miami-Dade County. I am pleased to announce that Amazon will be constructing a state-of-the-art distribution center at the Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport in District 1. The 800,000-square-foot facility will create over 1,000 full-time, permanent jobs and other significant community benefits that will be carried out by the Carrie Meek Foundation. I want commend former Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek and the Carrie Meek Foundation for their hard work and steadfast dedication in bringing this projection to fruition.

The new Amazon Fulfillment Center will be located at the Carrie Meek International Business Park and is expected to be completed in 2018. It has been my pleasure to be involved in the collaborative process, which will change the face and economic progress of our community. I'd like to thank all the characters over the past several years that helped make this Amazon deal possible.

Barbara J. Jordan
Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners

Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan
Spring 2017
Commissioner Jordan honored as first Head Start Hero

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan was honored as the first annual "Head Start Hero" by the Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department at the Board of County Commissioners May 16 meeting.

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Employees urged to assist injured police commander

The Miami-Dade County Commission on May 16 approved a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan to allow County employees to donate accrued annual and holiday leave time, up to a cap of $50,000, to Miami-Dade Police Major Ricky Carter, who was critically injured in a motorcycle crash. Commander Carter, a 21-year police veteran and commander of the Northside District, crashed into a guardrail on I-75 on May 7 and was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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Viking Freedom Writers Receive Honors

Commissioner Jordan presented certificates to the Viking Freedom Writers, a talented group of young writers who are speaking out on issues that impact their communities. Precious Symonette, who teaches creative writing at Miami Norland Senior High, founded the group. Symonette and the students formed the Florida Freedom Writers Foundation, which strives to keep children away from gangs, guns, and negativity. Jordan presented a check for $2,500 to the Florida Freedom Writers Foundation, the students performed, and they presented a poem that was written in her honor. Principal Reginald E. Lee also commended Symonette for her hard work.

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Music in the Park concert draws hundreds

About 300 residents attended Music in the Park on May 5 at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens. The audience clapped their hands and tapped their feet as versatile vocalist Yvonne Brown and singer and multi-instrumentalist Ricky Williams captivated the crowd during the free semiannual concert sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, the Sunshine Jazz Organization, Miami Gardens Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis, and the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Department. "We had an amazing show," Commissioner Jordan said. "I loved the blues and jazz performances."

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Small Business Workshop held at St. Thomas University

Commissioner Jordan joined with St. Thomas University and Small Business Development Division-Internal Services Department to present "A Breakfast Conversation with the Director-North" on May 3. Hot 105 radio host Rodney Baltimore served as moderator and Adriana Clark from the U.S. Department of Transportation was the featured speaker.

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Carol City's drumline beats the competition

At the May 2 Board of County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Jordan presented a proclamation and certificates to Miami Carol City Senior High School's drumline "Black Out Express" for their recent victory at the "DRUMLINE Drum Off" at the South Dade Cultural Arts Center. The grand prize at the "Drum Off" was to perform with the National Touring Production of Drumline Live! on April 1. To commemorate their achievement, Jordan also presented a $2,000 check to Miami Carol City Senior High School.

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American Cancer Society Relay for Life

At the April 18 Board of County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Jordan co-sponsored a presentation honoring Miami Gardens' first female Police Chief Delma K. Noel-Pratt, who was presented with a proclamation for her historic achievement. Commissioner Jordan also presented a proclamation to Dr. Enid Pinkney, who retired after representing District 1 on the Miami-Dade County Historic Preservation Board for 15 years. Pinkney was instrumental in the restoration effort of the historic Hampton House Motel in Miami and she is the founding president of the Historic Hampton House Community Trust.

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One Heritage: The State of Black Miami Forum

The "One Heritage: The State of Black Miami Forum" took place on April 12. Commissioner Jordan was part of a community-development panel that addressed issues such as affordable housing, gentrification, mass transportation, sea-level rise, and more. The forum was sponsored by Commissioner Jean Monestime and was co-hosted by Jordan, Vice Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson, Commissioner Dennis Moss, and Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III.

First black Editor-in-chief, Employees recognized

At the April 4 Board of County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Jordan recognized Chanae Wood who worked as a Commission aide in Jordan's office before leaving to pursue a law degree at the St. Thomas University School of Law. Wood made history by becoming the first black Editor-in-chief of the St. Thomas Law Review. Jordan also recognized three Miami-Dade County employees who took part in the Employee Ideas/Suggestion Program. Manuel Infante of the Water and Sewer department, Lisset Guasch of the Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) Department, and Lt. Joe Prendes of Fire Rescue.

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Jordan honors Captain Barrington Irving, gives check

On March 23, Commissioner Jordan presented Captain Barrington Irving with a proclamation in recognition of the 10th Anniversary of taking to the sky to become the youngest person and first black pilot to complete solo flight around the world. Irving became a Guinness World Record Holder after completing his journey in 97 days. Jordan also presented a $10,000 check to Experience Aviation.


Norland students shine in Oscar-winning 'Moonlight'

Commissioner Jordan honored several students from the Miami Norland Middle School Performing Arts Magnet Program at the March 21 County Commission meeting for their participation in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight. She presented a proclamation to Norland Middle School Principal Ron Redman and gave a $2,500 check to the students' drama teacher Mrs. Cidel, Executive Director of Evolutionary Arts & Entertainment LLC, to help promote performing arts in District 1.


Jordan and builders discuss workforce housing

On March 22, Commissioner Jordan attended a joint meeting between the Builders Association of South Florida and the Latin Builders Association to discuss the benefits of the revised Workforce Housing Development Program. This meeting provided developers with the opportunity have an in-depth dialogue on how to utilize the program on future residential developments.

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