Media Contact:
Melba C. Gasque
gasquem@miamidade.gov
305-375-4609 786-719-1210

Miami-Dade County to sign Sister City Agreement with Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis, France on Nov. 6

Delegation of 117 participants visiting the County to strengthen business and cultural relationship

MIAMI (November 02, 2017)

The Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources’ Office of Economic Development and International Trade, along with the Board of County Commissioners (BCC), will host a delegation from Marseille, France from November 4 to 10. On Monday, November 6, officials will participate in a Sister City Agreement signing ceremony and press conference at 10:30 a.m., at the Commission Chambers in the Stephen P. Clark Government Center. Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., Chairman of the BCC, and Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Chair of the International Trade Consortium, will officially welcome the delegation.

This official visit is a direct result of a Miami-Dade County Business Development Mission to Marseille, France in 2015. The delegation is led by the Honorable Jean-Claude Gaudin, President of Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis, Mayor of Marseille, Former Minister, Honorary Vice-President of the French Senate, and Ms. Martine Vassal, 1st Vice-President of Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis, President of the Bouches du Rhone Area’s Council.

The delegation of approximately 117 participants includes top government officials from the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis, City of Marseille and the Bouches-du-Rhone area, as well as representatives of economic development agencies, French businesses and the French media. It is the largest delegation Miami-Dade County has ever hosted.

Delegates will meet with County officials and local business and industry experts, as well as participate in business-to-business meetings.

Some facts and figures about Aix-Marseille-Provence:
• Largest French metropolitan area, with 92 municipalities and 1.8 million inhabitants
• No. 1 port in France, No. 2 port in the Mediterranean
• No. 1 low-cost airport in Europe, No. 1 cruise port with 1.6 million passengers (same as Venice, Italy)
• 17.5 million high-speed rail passengers (Aix-en-Provence and Marseille)
• Largest French-speaking university in the world (95,000 students)

For more information, please contact Maria Dreyfus-Ulvert at mdreyfu@miamidade.gov or 305-375-3885.

Who:
Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, Office of Economic Development and International Trade and Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners
What:
Signing of Sister City Agreement and press conference
When:
November 06, 2017 — 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where:
Stephen P. Clark Government Center – Commission Chambers (Second Floor) 111 NW First Street, Miami, FL 33128