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Economic Development

Economic Development

Miami-Dade County continues to expand and further diversify its economy and employment opportunities by promoting, coordinating and implementing economic revitalization activities that reduce socio-economic disparity and improve the quality of life of all residents. Miami-Dade County has added more private sector jobs than any other County in Florida over the past five years, with local businesses creating more than 117,000 jobs. Local businesses are expanding in our County, which contributed to 2,176 jobs and more than $536 million in new capital investments in 2015.


  • Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, in partnership with CareerSource South Florida and Neighbors and Neighbors Association’s Employ Miami-Dade, has registered over 1,600 residents in the program, referred over 550 to jobs and placed over 270 residents on a job as a result of a job referral in one of the targeted industries—construction and hospitality management.
  • Miami-Dade County hosted the Mayoral Summit at the Second Annual eMerge Americas Conference, where more than 10,000 tech giants and startups shared cutting-edge ideas and visions for our community’s burgeoning technology industry. On the heels of the conference, Microsoft launched its first U.S.-based Microsoft Innovation Center in Miami-Dade County to help drive the creation of high-tech jobs and to facilitate collaboration across diverse industries.
  • During FY 2014-15, the Internal Services Department (ISD) certified and recertified 1,582 firms (314 new and 1,268 re-certified firms) in the County’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program. Additionally, of the 1,582 firms, SBD has issued 2,470 certifications in the various programs such as Construction, A&E, and Goods and Services. During the same period nine firms graduated from the Programs.
  • ISD continues to review contracts to identify opportunities for small business enterprises, assigning small business measures when applicable. As a result of ISD’s efforts, during FY 2014-15, the County has approved $259,487,005 in small business measures.
  • During FY 2014-15, the County awarded over $106 million or nine percent of its architectural, engineering, goods and services contracts to small business through set-asides and small business goals. Although there are commodities that do not traditionally have small business measures (i.e. Fuel, Employee Insurance and IT Hardware), ISD continues to conduct outreach in areas of low and no availability to certify firms and provide opportunities and increase participation.
  • Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) hosted its summer jobs program for the second year in a row for volunteers of its Miami-Dade County Teen Court. Sixteen teens were employed part-time with 40 percent of them receiving job offers extending beyond the summer months. These newly hired teen county employees gained invaluable experience working at various firms, government offices, and community organizations.
  • Miami International Airport (MIA) set a new all-time record for passenger traffic in 2015 with 44 million passengers, an increase of nearly eight percent. This is the sixth consecutive record breaking year at the airport.

  • MIA added eight new airlines in 2015 and is now home to 101 carriers—the most of any U.S. airport. MIA also welcomed five new international nonstop routes: Cordoba, Argentina; Istanbul, Turkey; Manchester, England; Monterrey, Mexico; and Vienna, Austria.
  • PortMiami, the cruise capital of the world, broke another world record by welcoming nearly 4.9 million passengers vacationed through the Port, solidifying its role as the global headquarters for leading cruise lines and the departure destination of choice for cruise passengers.
  • Last year, PortMiami completed the -50/-52 ft. deep dredge project and on-dock intermodal rail making it the only major logistics hub south of Virginia capable of handling fully laden post-Panamax vessels. More than $1 billion of capital infrastructure projects are now complete and have transformed the port in to a major U.S. global gateway. The work is expected to create more than 30,000 jobs.
  • Miami-Dade is internationally known as the Gateway to the Americas and a global hub for trade and logistics. As investors from all over the world increasingly set their eyes on our community, Miami-Dade County continues to strengthen, promote and solidify its position as a world-class center for trade and business. Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) organized two outbound missions in 2015: to Brazil, our top global trading partner, and to France, our top European trading partner. A total of 41 delegates participated on these two missions and over 88 business matchmaking appointments were organized.
  • RER hosted over 19 inbound missions during FY 2014-15 from the Republic of Malawi, the Czech Republic, Nigeria, Martinique, Brazil, South Korea, Haiti, Spain, Angola, France, China, Guadeloupe, Aruba, Mexico, Malaysia, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Australia and South Africa. Of these, over 91 business matchmaking appointments were made with local businesses.
  • RER's Office of Film and Entertainment (Film Miami) attracted and assisted over 750 film, photo and digital media productions in FY 2014-15. Approximately $170 million was directly spent on permitted productions, supporting over 16,000 jobs, booking over 25,000 hotel room nights and generating positive media coverage that contributed to an increase in tourism.
  • Film Miami has enlisted HBO to partner with Mayor Carlos Gimenez's AIM (Actively Investing in Miami-Dade) Initiative and is coordinating with Miami-Dade College, University of Miami and Florida International University to provide candidates for a Production Assistant Job Training Program. This program will hire six students for 3-6 weeks of paid full-time work on the HBO production of Ballers.



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