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Meeting 2 Summary

STRATEGIC PLAN FOR SOUTH DADE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Community Meeting #2
January 30, 2020
9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Meeting Summary

  1. Welcome
    Lisa Greer, Chair, Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade
    Lisa welcomed all the attendees and introduced the members of the EDC Board as well as elected officials in attendance. She also encouraged all attendees to visit the EDC website as a way to provide information to the EDC planning effort currently underway.
  2. Introductory Comments
    • The Honorable Joseph Corradino, Mayor, Village of Pinecrest
    • The Honorable Dennis C. Moss, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 9
    • The Honorable Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 8
      Each of the speakers spoke about the importance of economic development and the necessity to have a strong local organization that can partner with local business and government to have a successful economic development program
  3. Panel of Model Economic Development Groups – Moderated by Paul Lambert
    • Steve Scruggs, President, Lakeland Economic Development Council
    • Thomas DiGiorgio, Jr., Chairman, Pompano Beach Economic Development Council
    • Dr. Alvin B. Jackson, Jr., City Manager, City of Bunnell

    Paul Lambert led the 3 panelists through a series of questions that focused on how to implement a successful economic development program. Highlights of the panel discussion include:

    • It is critical to have a strategic plan
    • Plan needs to be an active document
    • the organization will need a strong relationship with local realtors
    • Need to engage the largest employers to develop sustainable funding for the economic development implementation effort
    • Don’t forget the young entrepreneurs and create a work space for local entrepreneurs
  4. Presentation of South Dade Demographic and Economic Overview – Paul Lambert
    • While South Dade has an employment base, it is relatively modest compared to other job centers in the County when viewed in light of area population. South Dade continues to serve as a bedroom community for other employment centers
    • South Dade will be among the fastest growing areas in the County as it relates to population over the next 20 years and economic development/job creation is an important element to ensure the area is more than just a place where workers in other areas sleep at night
    • Several traditional industries in South Dade such as agriculture, government, and retail are growing comparably slowly and are expected to continue to grow slowly for the foreseeable future. However, these industries are important to maintain the economic base of the area and as it relates to agriculture and the military are important to the character of South Dade and differentiates it from other areas of South Florida.
    • Fortunately, other industries have experienced strong growth in South Dade and all signs are that that growth will continue for the future. These include insurance, health care, logistics and tourism
  5. Preview of the Economic Development Strategy – Diana Gonzalez
    The purpose of the plan is to provide the following information:

    • Which industries provide the greatest opportunity for economic growth?
    • Agriculture
    • Tourism
    • Defense
    • Retail
    • What strategies should we put in place and how do we market those strategies?
    • How do we bolster the role and functions of the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade to serve as the Local Economic Development Organization?
    • All under the umbrella of resiliency and sustainability
      The Project Team is using the following approach to develop the plan:
    • Building on previous efforts
    • Three Community wide meetings
    • Benchmarking Model Economic Development Programs
    • Survey of Top 50 Employers
    • Literature Review of Relevant Information
    • Survey of area Economic Developers
    • Targeted meetings on the topics of:
    • Defense
    • Agriculture
    • Marketing for Economic Development
    • Retail
    • Medical Industry
    • Education
      Meetings with Chambers South’s Municipal Coalition
  6. Review of MiamiLand Campaign – Gisela Marti, GMCVB
    The Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau presented the new destination campaign for Miami-Dade County which focuses on the natural areas that exist in Miami-Dade County, primarily in South Dade. GMCVB Also spoke about a new advertising cooperative program that is available to hotels in the South Dade area.

  7. Save the date for March 30 or 31, 2020. – Community Meeting 3
    The third and final Community Meeting will be held on March 30 and 31 in the deep south area of South Dade

Strategic Plan For South Dade Economic Development
Community Meeting #2
January 30, 2020
9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Agenda

  1. Welcome
    Lisa Greer, Chair, Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade
  2. Introductory Comments
    • The Honorable Joseph Corradino, Mayor, Village of Pinecrest
    • The Honorable Dennis C. Moss, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 9
    • The Honorable Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 8
  3. Panel of Model Economic Development Groups – Moderated by Paul Lambert
    • Steve Scruggs, President, Lakeland Economic Development Council
    • Thomas DiGiorgio, Jr., Chairman, Pompano Beach Economic Development Council
    • Dr. Alvin B. Jackson, Jr., City Manager, City of Bunnell
  4. Presentation of South Dade Demographic and Economic Overview
  5. Preview of the Economic Development Strategy
  6. Review of MiamiLand Campaign – Gisela Marti, GMCVB
  7. Save the date for March 30, 2020. – Community Meeting 3
  8. Adjourn

Bios of Panelists

Steve Scruggs is President of the Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC), a private, non-profit organization with approximately 135 member companies. Steve have been with the LEDC since 1987. The LEDC’s primary role is to create jobs and capital investment by attracting new companies as well as facilitating the expansion of existing companies in the Lakeland area. The LEDC is widely considered to be one of the model economic development councils within the State of Florida particularly as it relates to enhancing the business environment and attracting businesses with a focus on a sub county area.

Dr. Alvin B. Jackson, Jr. is the City Manager of Bunnell, Florida and the former Director of the Suwannee County Economic Development Office and Tourist Development Council (SCEDO). In 3-1/2 years at Suwannee County, he directed the recruitment and expansion of 21 companies  that drove more than $166 million in capital investment, creating over 800 new jobs, drafted a performance-based Business Incentive Program that drove an additional creation of over 650 jobs for a total investment of $5.2 million dollars. Prior to joined SCEDO in 2014, Alvin was the Executive Director of Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in Hallandale Beach, FL (2011-2013) and previously serviced as Deputy Executive Director of South Florida Water Management District, Florida’s largest water management agency.

Thomas “Tommy” DiGiorgio, Jr., has served as the Chairman of the Pompano Beach Economic Development Council (PBEDC) for more than a decade. Tommy is Founder, Co-Owner, and Vic Chairman of the Board of Directors of Marlow’s Tavern restaurant group based in Atlanta, one of the fastest growing restaurant companies in the United States. In addition to the PDEDC, he offers his time and energies to several other South Florida civic and government agencies, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Tiger Trail Festival Committee, Director of the Research for the Cure Cancer Foundation, and as Vice Chairman of Broward County’s Planning Council.

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