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Sunday, 23 September 2012 19:38

Business Development Mission to Nairobi, Kenya

The International Trade Consortium (ITC) Board of Directors approved a business development mission to Nairobi, Kenya November 11th – 17th, 2012. The mission will be organized by the Economic Development and International Trade unit of the Miami-Dade County’s Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) in collaboration with Enterprise Florida Inc., and with the support of the US Commercial Service Nairobi and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The objective of the mission is to solidify bilateral trade, commerce and cultural ties between Miami-Dade and Kenya and to provide business opportunities to Florida private sector participants joining the mission.  

Miami-Dade County's unemployment rate fell for the second month in a row to 9.4 percent in August, down from 10 percent in July, according to statistics released Friday.

"This is a relatively positive report but we still have a long way to go to get the unemployment rate down to lower levels," said Frank R. Nero, President and CEO of The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County's official economic partnership. "Another positive development we have seen is the increase in payroll jobs year over year."

The Numbers Analyzed

During the last year, from August 2011 to August 2012, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 2.0 percentage points, from 11.4 percent to 9.4 percent. Miami-Dade County also gained 5,800 new nonagricultural jobs, an increase of 0.6 percent. Our community had the third largest year-over-year gain in the State of Florida, after Tampa and Orlando.

Carnival has been called the largest physical manifestation of Caribbean culture worldwide. There are two marquee carnivals - in Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago - but most seem to follow the direction of T&T’s, with cultural connections in music, pageantry, costumes, floats and food influenced by the twin island republic.

South Florida’s Miami Broward One Carnival is among the world’s biggest, the third largest in North America behind Toronto’s Caribana and New York’s West Indian Labor Day Parade. This year it will be held Oct. 7 at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners approved the Regional Climate Action Plan, a major deliverable under the four-County Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (Compact) on Tuesday, October 23. The Compact was adopted in January 2010 by Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties who committed to partner in addressing the regional challenges posed by climate change.

The Regional Climate Action Plan represents the culmination of more than three years of technical and planning processes and the support of diverse agencies and stakeholders from across the region. It provides a foundation for building community resilience through concerted actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to regional and local impacts of a changing climate. The plan’s recommendations also aim to protect the region’s unique assets and support economic development, while fostering healthy, livable communities.
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