Founded in 1993, following Hurricane Andrew, the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade is a not-for- profit economic development organization which encourages the kind of sustainable development that creates a better future for both business and residents. The Council’s primary mission is to support the expansion and retention of existing businesses, to increase the overall economic vitality of our communities, and to attract new, diversified businesses and new jobs to the South Miami-Dade region.
As Miami-Dade County’s southernmost economic development council, the EDC has fine-tuned its mission focus onto the ever-changing business landscape, the organization has directed its attention to business sustainability; job creation and growth; marketing community strengths to entice new business and industry; as well as generate much-needed collaboration between existing organizations, agencies and governmental entities. By being grassroots in nature, the EDC is the local organization that is most in tune with the South Miami-Dade regional business community, its successes, and its impediments.
What are the EDC’s areas of service?
- Being a resource for local businesses, entrepreneurs, and potential investors in the region – The EDC has the ability to locate and provide information regarding area demographics, availability of real estate locations, tax incentives, best practices and knowing appropriate contacts to assist in issue resolution as needed.
- Continuing to provide a linkage between businesses and government – The EDC maintains working relationships with local, state and federal governmental entities either as a partner or as a resource.
- Providing economic development support for local municipalities and unincorporated areas – By being available, the EDC identifies and nurtures relationships which allow the EDC to assist governmental entities in making sure that local businesses, entrepreneurs, and potential investors have a smooth pathway to success. The EDC also works with governmental entities on identifying needs and opportunities within their boundaries.
- Continuing outreach meetings to bring educational information and best practices to business interests – Through partnerships, the EDC continues to present opportunities to learn new business skills.
- Focusing on transportation and other infrastructure necessities – The EDC pinpoints and works towards the betterment of any deficiency in the regional infrastructure which is a hindrance to economic vitality.
- Partnering with local organizations on key economic projects to meet common goals – Our group identifies opportunities to partner with and support CRA initiatives, Chambers, or other initiatives, throughout the region as well other entities which focus on economic development and quality of life.