22 January 2018

Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition drives guest experience with updated parking tram service



MIAMI – Jan. 22, 2017 – Parking trams will be one of the new experiences and improved services that guests will find this year at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition, which
opens March 15.

“We are excited to announce new custom parking trams to increase our fair guests’ experience. Along with the activities, shows and concerts that are free with entry to The Youth Fair, we will provide an updated tram service that will run like a Swiss clock to quickly and safely transport our guests to the Fairgrounds,” said Robert Hohenstein, president and CEO.

The tram service will operate continuously and uninterrupted from the moment the parking lots open until the last guests need transportation to their vehicles in the evening. The fee for parking is $10. Parking tickets will be sold for half price when purchased online before March 14. Guests can buy up to three discounted parking tickets at a time through The Youth Fair website at www.fairexpo.com.

The 2018 Youth Fair dates are March 15-April 8, except for Monday-Tuesday, March 19-20 and April 2-3, when gates are closed.

Tram stop locations throughout Tamiami Park will be designated with signs and enhanced lighting. In addition, portable restrooms will be set up at each tram stop for the convenience of guests.

For the first time, striping of the parking areas within Tamiami Park will allow for faster, easier and more efficient guest parking.

“A focus this year was to expedite the parking so that our guests have more time to enjoy their favorite rides, food and
other Youth Fair activities,” Hohenstein said.

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition (The Youth Fair) is the largest charity event in South Florida. The not-for-profit association is dedicated to promoting education and agriculture while showcasing and rewarding youth achievement and providing quality family entertainment, all without taxpayer dollars. The annual Youth Fair exhibits more than 63,000 student projects to nearly 600,000 Youth Fair guests and, in 2017, awarded more than $530,000 in college scholarships, cash premiums and awards to students. To date, The Youth Fair has presented well over $11 million to the Miami-Dade community. The Youth Fair has been named a finalist for Community Outreach in the 2018 Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Top Entrepreneurial Awards. It received the 2016 Trustee of the Year award from the South Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was a finalist for the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2016 Diamond Award for Large Non-Profit. It was recognized in 2015 as the Leisure & Entertainment Services Firm of the Year by the Latin Builder’s Association, the Non-Profit Organization of the Year by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and was the Diamond Award Winner for Outstanding Hospitality Entity by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. The Fair Exposition Center, which is the second largest convention center in Miami-Dade County, hosts an additional 70 community events each year.

Visit www.fairexpo.com or call 305-223-7060.

14 December 2017

MDCC GALA DRAWS OVER 700



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Left to right: Wayne Davis, Board Chairman of MDCC, looks on as Betty T. Ferguson is congratulated by MDCC President Eric Knowles and Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert on her award.

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MIAMI – “I challenge each and everyone here tonight to remind ourselves why we are here. We are here to make a better tomorrow for those who are yet to be born, for those who are less fortunate,” said G. Eric Knowles, President and CEO of Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce to the sea of guests at the 12th Annual Holiday Gala held on Dec. 2 at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

Over 700 hundred of Miami’s power players in politics, business and philanthropy attended the black-tie gala hosted by Honorary Gala Chairman Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez and Gala Chairman Alvin West to honor the efforts of business professionals who make a difference in the lives of South Floridians daily.

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27 May 2017

Dorothy Baker, former president of Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, dies at 83



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18 May 2017

Beckham group promises all private funding, local jobs with $500M MLS stadium



A rendering of the 25,000-square-foot MLS stadium proposed in Miami by Beckham United.

By   –  Senior Reporter, South Florida Business Journal

Business partners of soccer icon David Beckham discussed his plan to build a 25,000-seat Major League Soccer stadium in Miami’s Overtown at a public meeting with local residents Wednesday evening, including the promised job impacts.

Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, said that after a delay of about a year and a half, Beckham’s group has raised all the money for the stadium project, which he said would exceed half a billion dollars. He promised that the venture would be completely funded by private dollars, not taxpayer funds, and it would pay its full share of taxes. There would also be certain community benefits and job training programs that would be put into writing, Leiweke said.

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1 May 2017

Miami’s business community matures



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2 October 2016

More people are working past retirement age. That means big challenges for businesses



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1 October 2015

Green product businesses get help at Miami’s EcoTech Visions



If you haven’t heard about Echo Tech Visions you may be like many others who are not tuned into echo or green business models. Miami Dade Chamber Board member and founder of Echo Tech Visions, Dr. Pandwe Gibson is blazing a trail and many are following. Please read about the great things happening at Echo Tech Visions…

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1 October 2015

Endeavor taps South Florida entrepreneur Marcell Haywood to join global network



When the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors began to expand its Board, its mandate was to bring in young entrepreneurs who had vision and foresight, well I must say they batted a thousand when they made the decision to bring Mr. Marcell Haywood as a Board member. Mr. Haywood is the founder and CEO of Encompass Onsite, formerly called Dirt Pros. Read more….

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26 August 2015

Black business matters every day, every way



When there is Black business there is Black work.

When there is Black business Black wealth is created.

When there is Black business a Black economy is created.

When there is Black business Black children see opportunities.

When there is Black business Black children have hope.

When there is Black business there is a future for Black people.

When there is Black business Black communities grow.

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25 June 2015

Residents must benefit from development



Once-forgotten communities like Overtown and Liberty City have become hot commodities in the real-estate market with developers seeing new possibilities for bringing much-longed-for commercial and residential vibrancy to these African-American communities.

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22 December 2014

Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Gala



The M-DCC held its 40th anniversary gala at Jungle Island Dec. 6. The organization raised about $260,000 from the event. Garth Reeves, publisher emeritus  of The Miami Times, was conferred the H. T. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award during a standing ovation. Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis Moss was named the Citizen of the Year and Adora Obi Nweze, who did not attend the gala because of a family emergency, was cited for the Distinguished Service Award.

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27 October 2014

Miami-Dade Chamber marks 40-Year Legacy of Advocating For Black, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses in South Florida



MIAMI – The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (M-DCC) will host an elegant black-tie gala to celebrate its 40th Anniversary and you are invited to attend. The Ruby inspired Gala will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Jungle Island Tree Top Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, Florida 33132. The gala begins with a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm. The gala always attracts an esteemed group of notable civic, business and community influencers. This year’s gala chairman is Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Music will be provided by legendary Doug E. Fresh.

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2 October 2014

FORMER SUN LIFE STADIUM EXECUTIVE IS CEO OF MIAMI-DADE CHAMBER



MIAMI — Gordon “Eric” Knowles, best viagra a senior executive with extensive experience creating strategic alliances in both the public and private sectors, cialis sales is the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce’s new president and CEO, the chamber announced. “This has been an extensive process and we are all pleased with the outcome,” said Ricardo Forbes, chairman of the board for the MDCOC.

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10 August 2014

Q&A with Eric Knowles, president of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce



In May, cialis sales Gordon “Eric” Knowles became the fourth president the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce has had in its 40-year history.

He brings broad experience in the public and private sectors to the post: After a brief stint as the director of marketing in the Caribbean for American Airlines, he had various roles with the Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium, including senior director of guest services and community relations and the senior director of government affairs. He also has worked for both the Coconut Grove Local Development Corporation and the Coconut Grove Family and Youth Intervention Center on affordable housing and development projects.

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12 May 2014

Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Announces New Chief Executive Officer G. Eric Knowles



MIAMI-DADE – The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (MDCOC) has announced the selection of their new President and Chief Executive Officer. Gordon “Eric” Knowles, tadalafil a seasoned senior executive with extensive experience creating strategic alliances in both the public and private sectors, takes the leadership position.

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