The Beacon Council participates in Foreign Trade Zone granting ceremony at PortMiami
The Beacon Council's Frank R. Nero, Steve Beatus and Mario Sacasa attended a ceremony Thurs., Aug. 9, where the U.S. Department of Commerce granted Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) authority to PortMiami. The new FTZ stretches from Southwest 8th Street to the Broward County line. Businesses that work within a FTZ can receive, warehouse, and re-export products duty-free.  Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa participated in the ceremony hosted by Port Director Bill Johnson. To read Johnson's opinion article on the FTZ, click the link below. 


In remembrance of Beacon Council member
Michael Y. Cannon (1939 - 2012)  
Michael Y. Cannon Michael Y. Cannon, the founder of Appraisal and Real Estate Economics Associates Inc., passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, after suffering a stroke. Cannon, 73, was a Beacon Council member, supporter and contributor. Nicknamed "Mad Dog,"  he once also wrote a column for the Miami Herald Business Monday. We are saddened by the loss of our friend and our prayers are with his family and friends.

The Beacon Council meets with prospects at medical expo
The Beacon Council Economic Development staff attended the FIME International Medical Expo from Aug. 8-10 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The FIME International Medical Expo is the most comprehensive International medical trade show in America where thousands of new and innovative medical products are displayed. Attendees at FIME find surgical, imaging, diagnostic, laboratory, orthopedic, rehabilitative, and home health care products from manufacturers worldwide.  

The Beacon Council staff met with medical device companies from all over the world and presented to them the advantages of locating their businesses in Miami-Dade County.  
Member News 
Please join us in welcoming the following new member-investors:
Active Captive Management

The following companies have renewed their investment with us.  Thank you for your continued support.

Colliers International South Florida  


Daszkal Bolten LLP  


Miami International Airport 
Save the dates for these upcoming events 
The Beacon Council's Annual Meeting
October 10, 2012
11:30 am
Intercontinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131

The Beacon Council's
Key Ceremony
December 11, 2012
5:30 pm
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 South Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33129

Have you hired a U.S. military veteran recently?    
The Beacon Council is looking for a recently hired military veteran to spotlight in an upcoming promotion. If your company or someone you know has hired a veteran, please contact The Beacon Council Communications Manager

The Beacon Council hosts talk on the  
FEC Railway passenger service 
Husein Cumber, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for FEC Railway, speaks at an Access breakfast at the Beacon Council on Wed., Aug. 8. 
The Beacon Council's Chair-Elect Joe Pallot, FEC Railway's Husein Cumber and Frank Nero, President & CEO of The Beacon Council, at the Aug. 8 talk about the new passenger rail service. 


Husein Cumber, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for FEC Railway, spoke Wednesday, Aug. 8, about a passenger rail service at an Access breakfast attended by more than 110 people at The Beacon Council. Cumber said the privately funded $1 billion high-speed rail, called All Aboard Florida, would take passengers from Miami to Orlando in about three hours. There also is a plan to extend the rail to Tampa and Jacksonville. Several news organizations including Local 10, the Daily Business Review, Reuters and The Miami Herald, wrote about Cumber's presentation at The Beacon Council. (Links to the stories are below.) For more information on All Aboard Florida, click here.
In the news: 
The Beacon Council speaks at public schools summer workshop for teachers

Jaap Donath, Vice President of Research & Strategic Planning for The Beacon Council, speaks to teachers on Tues., Aug. 7, about the importance of workforce development to the community.


Jaap Donath, Ph.D., Vice President of Research & Strategic Planning, and Will Corbin, Manager of Research & Strategic Planning, both of The Beacon Council, spoke Tues., Aug. 7, at Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) School of Choice/National Academy Foundation summer workshop. Donath and Corbin delivered a presentation to 60 teachers from MDCPS Career Academies on The Beacon Council, the state of the local economy, and One Community One Goal as it relates to education and workforce development.


MDCPS and its Career Academies partner with the National Academy Foundation (NAF) to help prepare students for college and career success. The NAF educational model includes industry-focused curricula, work-based learning experiences, and business partner expertise within four areas: Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, and Engineering. Employees of various local companies volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local Advisory Boards.

The Beacon Council hosts
Chilean officials at
International Advisory Committee meeting
The Beacon Council International Advisory Committee members meet Aug. 9 with ProChile's International Director Carlos Honorato and Chile's Trade Commissioner in Miami Gustavo Rodriguez at The Beacon Council.


The Beacon Council International Advisory Committee Chair Carolina Rendeiro, ProChile's International Director Carlos Honorato and Chile's Trade Commissioner in Miami Gustavo Rodriguez, made a presentation on Chile's economic outlook at an Aug. 9 committee meeting. Chile's recent economic results are outstanding: the economy has grown by 6 percent a year for the past two years, exports have increased by 20 percent and inflation has remained at 3 percent per year. 
Chile has become the first Latin American member of OECD, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Mr. Honorato explained that his country's goal is to reach the status of a developed economy by the year 2020. 
Trade Commissioner Rodriguez explained the role of ProChile as the agency in charge of simultaneously promoting Chilean exports and the internationalization of Chilean companies. Miami-Dade County is an attractive entry point into the U.S. market. With The Beacon Council's cooperation, ProChile's office in Miami is organizing a business seminar scheduled for Oct. 21-26, 2012 where at least 20 companies interested in doing business in the United States will participate. 
Thank you for supporting our efforts to help businesses create jobs and lower the unemployment in Miami-Dade County. Please forward this newsletter to friends who may benefit from this information. 
Ana Acle-Menendez
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
The Beacon Council
Our Mission:
Create jobs for Miami-Dade County residents by helping businesses locate
and expand here. We want families and residents in Miami-Dade County to prosper.
Help us help others. Will you join us? Call Member-Investors at (305) 579-1326