23 March 2018

2018 Symposium & Business Leaders Luncheon



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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.

PHOTO COURTESY OF HOWARD LEVY PHOTOGRAPHY

Staff Report

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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12 September 2017

2017 Dorothy Baker Golf Classic



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27 May 2017

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



May 27, 2017 11:24 AM

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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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