The non-traditional Creative Industry can be the ‘next big thing’ to help bolster the Jamaican economy. The industry includes fine arts, film, fashion, craft, music, dance, cuisine and so much more. And if supported, can become a major contributor to Jamaica’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In fact, according to the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the island’s creative industry is the third largest contributor to GDP.
MIAMI —On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners adopted a new capital improvement program at Miami International Airport that will fund up to $5 billion in airport-wide modernization projects over the next five to 15 years, paving the way for future growth in passenger and cargo traffic at MIA - projected to reach 77 million travelers and more than four million tons of freight by the year 2040.
In April 2019, Miami-Dade County area was the second largest metro area in year-over-year job gains in Florida, following the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area. The County created 27,800 new non-agricultural payroll jobs (not seasonally-adjusted) from April 2018 to April 2019, which was a 2.3 percent increase. The jobs were created in different industries with the highest job creation occurring in Education & Health Services (6,200), Professional & Business Services (5,700), Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities (5,700), Leisure and Hospitality (4,400), Construction (3,600) Other Services (2,000), and Total Government (1,100). The graphs below show the payroll data since October 2017.
Unemployment rates were lower in April in 10 states and stable in 40 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Four states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier, 1 state had an increase, and 45 states and the District had little or no change. The national unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point from March to 3.6 percent and was 0.3 point lower than in April 2018.
MIAMI, Florida – PortMiami’s credit rating was upgraded to ‘A3’ with an outlook change to stable by Moody’s Investor Services while Fitch Ratings affirmed PortMiami’s ‘A’ rating with a stable outlook. The ‘A’ rating by both Moody’s and Fitch reflects PortMiami’s strong competitive position as the Cruise Capital of the World and as a leading cargo port, highlighting its fundamental operating strengths, and its sizeable minimum annual guaranteed revenues. With strong profit margins of 48.5% from 2013-2018, passenger and cargo volume increases of approximately 37% and 20%respectively, from 2013-2018, and anticipated capital improvements of around $1.5 billion, PortMiami is situated to continue as the leading port in the cruise industry.
April 24, 2019 – The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2019 – 2020 Officers of the Board. The newly appointed officers consist of the following; Teresa Foxx as Chairwoman of the Board, Jeff Lozama as Vice-Chairman of the Board, Wayne Davis as Treasurer of the Board, Robert Holland as Parliamentarian of the Board and Shelia Powell Cohen as Secretary of the Board.
New York, NY (Sonique Solutions) – As anticipation builds for the launch of ‘Dressed Up’ (the soon to be opened dress-specialty shoppe), the buzz has gone into high gear with the announcement that the novel garment-exclusive concept will feature the dress collection styles of Meiling, thus marking the Caribbean Fashion Icon’s entry into the New York City market.
Miami, FL - The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (MDCC) hosted its Annual Symposium & Business Leaders Luncheon on Friday, March 29 at Hyatt Regency Miami, located in downtown Miami. Each year, the Miami Dade Chamber’s executive leadership chooses a theme that directly impacts its constituents, building a power panel around it. It’s no secret that the economic landscape is changing in Miami. One of the most important elements of this landscape is the workforce.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Kevin Hendrickson, Managing Director of The Courtleigh Hotel Group, has been honored as the 2019 recipient of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in Business Leadership. The distinction was awarded at the 22nd Annual AFUWI Legacy Awards Gala, held recently in New York City.
MIAMI —The Small Business Development (SBD) Division of Miami-Dade County’s Internal Services Department is responsible for enforcement of the County’s small business, wage and workforce requirements. Pursuant to the Responsible Wages and Benefits and Living Wages ordinances, contractors must pay employees on covered contracts a minimum wage prescribed by the County. In 2018, SBD conducted investigations that found 88 employers in violation of the County’s wage requirements. Contractor’s were required to pay $1,245,540 in back wages to 957 underpaid employees on County service and construction contracts and $391,615 in penalties.
(Miramar, FL--) The City of Miramar Vice Mayor Yvette Colbourne hosted a Women’s Empowerment Luncheon on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Miramar Cultural Center (MCC) | ArtsPark Banquet Hall, located at 2400 Civic Center Place. The event was a ticketed event which was open to employees and the general public. More than 200 women (and a few men) joined Vice Mayor Colbourne in celebration of Women’s History Month. The event provided an opportunity to network, recognize prominent community leaders and hear inspiring speeches from guest speakers.