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Miami-Dade County passes resolution to establish local PASO Advisory Board and encourages the sports organization to relocate its headquarters

MIAMI (June 09, 2017)

At the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting this week, the board approved a resolution to establish the Miami-Dade County Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) Advisory Board. The purpose of this board will be to liaise with PASO and to promote the relocation of their headquarters to Miami-Dade.

“For the last six years, Miami-Dade County and myself have worked closely with members of PASO and have built a strong relationship,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “It has been my hope for years that PASO would one day relocate to Miami. There is no doubt that we are the undisputed ‘Gateway to the Americas;’ therefore, I highly encourage the United States Olympic Committee to consider making Miami their home and establishing a Pan American Sports Organization headquarters in our world-class community.”

Miami-Dade County would be an ideal location for the PASO headquarters due to its diverse population, geographic location, and cultural and athletic ties with the nations of the Americas.

Members of the Advisory Board will include a representative of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, a representative of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, a representative of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, a representative of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, a representative of the Beacon Council, a representative from the Mayor’s office and the Director of Miami-Dade Exploratory Committee.

Rafael Garcia-Toledo, Director of the Miami-Dade Exploratory Committee, has been working with PASO for six years to secure the relocation of the headquarters. “This is a dream come true,” said Toledo.

Taking place this month, PASO returns to Miami-Dade to host the third Americas Best Practice Symposium on June 13-14 at the Conrad Hilton. The national gathering was previously held in Miami in 2014. While Mayor Gimenez will on business overseas during the symposium, Commissioner Esteban Bovo will represent the County.

“As Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, I am honored to represent Miami-Dade County at the third Americas Best Practices Symposium,” said Commissioner Bovo. “Miami-Dade County is home to people from over 156 countries who communicate in more than 64 different languages. We draw strength from our diversity and this event is a wonderful addition to our dynamic metropolis.”

PASO, which is a part of the U.S. Olympic Committee, recently elected a new president, Neven Ilic from Chile. Ilic will be among the delegates attending the symposium. Leadership of the 41 countries that are a part of PASO will meet to discuss National Olympic Committee (NOC) management and sport performance initiatives. Prior to the symposium, the PASO Executive Committee will host a one-day workshop followed by an Executive Committee meeting.

For more information on the United States Olympic Committee and the Americas Best Practices Symposium, visit teamusa.org.