Perfect business climate is not just about weather

Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell explains the new MiamiDadeSites.com website during a recent meeting.

Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell explains the new MiamiDadeSites.com website during a recent meeting.

People come from across the globe to Miami primarily to enjoy the benefits that come with great weather. Hotels, beaches and major attractions all contribute to a robust economy.

We must continue to build on what makes us great and work to make us even better by diversifying our local economy and making Miami-Dade County the first place people think of when expanding or relocating their company or business.

Recently, in partnership with The Beacon Council, Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and the Realtors Association of Miami- Dade County, we announced the launch of MiamiDadeSites.com — a tool to attract jobs and investment in Miami-Dade County. Think of it as “Google Maps” for businesses, with more detailed and useful information about our community’s economic potential.

Through a free and easy-to-use website, we are showcasing available industrial and commercial properties for sale or lease, housing availability, incentives available to businesses, demographic information, nearby transportation, infrastructure and much more. Accessible anywhere in the world at no cost, it will allow prospective domestic and international businesses wishing to expand, relocate or establish their commercial operations in Miami- Dade County to research the benefits of opening their doors or expanding in South Florida.

As the author of the legislation that created the site, my goal is to give our community an edge over other large metropolitan areas of the country by attracting potential domestic and international employers to our county by using the most up-to-date technology available. The site also serves as a conduit for Realtors and brokers to showcase available commercial properties in South Florida.

This cutting-edge technology has never before been available on one platform coupled with the ability to be site and property specific. It is a game changer and has the potential to serve as the key to economic growth and the creation of much needed jobs.

It is critical that we design a blueprint that is inclusive of our business community. Our future must be built on it because our residents depend on it. The launch of MiamiDadeSites.com comes at the right time, as we have seen major investment in resources that help grow and enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem, which hopefully will develop into thriving ventures and companies that create high paying jobs.

As catalysts for job creation, accelerators and co-working spaces such as Venture Hive, The Lab Miami and Endeavor Miami are all setting the stage for a thriving economy. MiamiDade Sites.com is another component in the promotion of a robust business environment as it will aid in retaining talent produced by these groups and likely serve as entrepreneurs’ first stop when they are ready to grow into their own physical space.

Bustling tourism, a growing entrepreneurial community, quality schools, limitless talent, a diverse community, and now MiamiDadeSites.com, all play a role in creating a world-class business-friendly community.

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