Miami Dolphins Kick Off Season With New Training Complex, Partnerships, Roster Moves

By Yolanda Rivas

2 min read AUGUST 2019 — With a new head coach and a rebuild underway, the Miami Dolphins will field a re-tooled look when the NFL’s 100th season kicks off next week. That look extends beyond the players and coaches, with a new training complex in the works and fresh partnerships that emphasize community involvement and impact. 

The Dolphins recently broke ground on the $135 million state-of-the-art training complex and sports performance clinic in Miami Gardens. The facility, named Baptist Health Training Complex, is part of a multiyear partnership with Baptist Health that is projected to open in spring 2021. 

“The Baptist Health Training Complex will be a state-of-the-art football facility with Baptist Health providing a world-class sports performance clinic available to the public so people can have access to the same care the players get,” Miami Dolphins Chief Executive Officer Tom Garfinkel said in a written statement.

The 125,000-square-foot training facility and 92,200-square foot indoor field will be significantly larger than the team’s current facility. The complex will also house an innovation hub, a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy area, a dedicated recovery area that includes cryotherapy and isolation tanks, an athletic training room with an expansive rehabilitation space, meeting rooms, an outdoor practice area with two full natural-grass fields, full indoor practice facility and other amenities. 

Another significant announcement by the Dolphins and its FOOTBALL UNITES™ program was the partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) through Values Matter Miami, which promotes education and values among the city’s students. According to an official announcement, starting in September, the Dolphins will recognize a student each month who best exemplifies a specific value.

“The Miami Dolphins are proud to strengthen our relationship with M-DCPS by supporting the Values Matter Miami Program to directly impact the students of Miami-Dade County,” Jason Jenkins, Miami Dolphins’ senior vice president of communications and community affairs, said in a written statement about the partnership. 

These initiatives are part of the Dolphins goal to inspire a healthier, more educated and united South Florida community. 

To learn more about our interviewees, visit:

Miami Dolphins: https://www.miamidolphins.com/ 

Baptist Health: https://baptisthealth.net/en/pages/home.aspx 

Miami-Dade County Public Schools: http://www.dadeschools.net/ 

Values Matter Miami: http://osi.dadeschools.net/valuesmatter/

Lights, Cameras … Showcasing Miami’s Rich Movie History

Lights, Cameras … Showcasing Miami’s Rich Movie History

Writer: Yolanda Rivas

2 min read AUGUST 2019— Miami’s beautiful beaches, art-deco buildings and culturally diverse neighborhoods have been the setting for numerous movies and TV shows over the years. To showcase the city’s history in the film industry, Miami Beach recently launched its “Filmed on the Beach” interactive portal.

The digital film tour webpage features an in-depth look at the movies and shows shot on the island through the years. The portal features maps of South Beach, Mid Beach and North Beach that indicate locations where movies, TV shows and music videos have been shot. 

“We want our residents to better connect to our city’s history as well as inspire future filmmakers to follow in some of the famous footsteps,” Matt Kenny, the city’s director of tourism and culture, stated in a press release. “The interactive tool will be monumental in doing so and reminding individuals why Miami Beach was, and still remains, a cultural icon on the silver screen,” he said. 

Users can explore the locations, types of films and fun facts about each production by scrolling through key points of the city, marked with stars, on the interactive maps. South Beach is the neighborhood with the highest number of productions. This internationally recognized neighborhood has had a total of 32 productions.

In 1964, international attention descended on South Beach with Muhammad Ali’s famous 5th Street Gym and his upset victory over Sonny Liston at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Among the 1960s shoots that stand out are The Jackie Gleason Show TV series and the filming of Elvis Presley’s Clambake. In the 1980s, South Beach and Ocean Drive were transformed into magnets for film, advertising, fashion, art and culture with shows such as Miami Vice

Hollywood’s love for South Beach continued with movies such as Scarface, The Birdcage, the Bad Boys trilogy, TV shows such as The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Burn Notice and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and numerous music videos.

 

 

Distinguished by its luxury hotels, Mid Beach has also been the setting for several films. Many of these notable movies took place around the Fontainebleau Miami Hotel, which according to Filmed on the Beach was the favorite hang-out of Frank Sinatra and served as the backdrop for his 1960 television special. The iconic scene of the golden-painted Bond Girl in 1964’s Goldfinger movie and scenes from Scarface and The Bodyguard were also filmed in the Fontainebleau. 

Last but not least, the beautiful North Beach, which is often a place to get away from the noise of South Beach, has attracted many movies and music video producers as well. Among the most iconic films recorded in the area: The Godfather II. The Beatles’ live performance on The Ed Sullivan Show was also shot here. According to Filmed on the Beach website, it is said that the Beatles spent eight days a week in Miami Beach. Bad Boys III, Bay Watch and music videos from the Jonas Brothers and Pitbull are some of the recently recorded productions in the area. 

To maintain this rich history of the local film industry, Miami’s Film Production Grant Program is offering grants for at least nine feature films, music videos, television shows, documentaries, short films and web series who choose to shoot in Miami Beach.  

 

To learn more about our interviewees, visit:

Filmed on the Beach:http://www.mbartsandculture.org/filmed-on-the-beach/ 

City of Miami Beach: https://www.miamibeachfl.gov/ 

Miami Beach Arts & Culture: http://www.mbartsandculture.org/ 

Film Production Grant Program: https://filmiamibeach.gosmart.org/ 

Miami Growing Political Profile

Miami Growing Political Profile

By Yolanda Rivas

June 2019

2 min read July 2019 — Miami grabbed the national spotlight last week when it hosted the first Democratic presidential debates. The city is already a popular destination for tourism and business, but events like these boost its political profile and create a trickle-down effect that has a broad and positive impact.

“Miami is a vibrant and dynamic city that reflects the values and diversity of the Democratic Party. I couldn’t imagine a better setting for our first debate,” said Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez in a written statement regarding the event at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. 

Miami has previously hosted presidential debates, which impact logistics, airport and hotel capacity. In March 2016, Republican candidates debated at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center during the 12th and final Republican presidential debate. The city also hosted a Democratic presidential primary debate at Miami Dade College and the first of the presidential debates in 2004 at the University of Miami.  

These political events also benefit the educational institutions that host them. Usually, universities spend millions of dollars to host presidential debates. This has a direct impact on the local economy, with the involvement of subcontractors and others in the preparations for security and media. 

According to an article in USA Today, Lynn University, which hosted a 2012 general election presidential debate in Boca Raton, estimated the event generated a staggering $63.7 million in “earned media.” For example, the university estimated that some 4,000 media representatives attended the debate and spent $2.6 million while in town.

These events can also represent an enriched educational experience for students because a number of seats are usually distributed to university students and officials. As a debate site, an institution also enjoys heightened visibility and a chance to attract new students. 

While less obvious, another significant benefit is the ability of a city to capture the nation’s attention and potentially influence the election through the questions and topics discussed. Miami is a demographically diverse and coastal city, making it perfectly suited to raise issues of national concern, such as immigration and climate change, as happened at the Democratic debates. 

Miami’s rich culture, demographics and strong business environment make it a prime destination for political events. With the spotlight in hand, Miami not only bolstered its national stature, it provided an opportunity for the local community to shine, and potentially grow. 

For more information, visit:

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: https://www.arshtcenter.org/ 

University of Miami: https://welcome.miami.edu/ 

BankUnited Center – Watsco Center: http://watscocenter.com/eventpage.php?id=154 

Miami Dade College: http://www.mdc.edu/

Capital Analytics Launches the 5th Anniversary Installment of the Invest: Miami Series!

Capital Analytics Launches the 5th Anniversary Installment of the Invest: Miami Series!

Miami leaders highlight key sectors embracing innovation and technology at the launch of Invest: Miami 2019

Miami, FL – The disruption of innovation and technology in local key sectors such as real estate, infrastructure, healthcare and education were some of the focal points of the fifth edition of  Invest: Miami 2019. The official launch of the publication took place on May 23, 2019, at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus with over 350 people in attendance. This publication from Capital Analytics is a 192-page economic analysis that highlights Miami’s economy, key sectors and opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators. Miami’s real estate, tourism and trade and tech sectors, and the growth of the City of Miami, City of Doral and City of North Miami were among the focus points of the publication.

Jamal Sowell, President and CEO of Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI), gave the keynote address, highlighting the influx of businesses to Miami and the state, as well as how the EFI makes sure they support the local workforce and organizations. “We try to anticipate what employers need and the trends in business. We are defining the talent pool needs for the next five, 10 and 50 years. The people you hire in Miami and South Florida need some basics skills that our talent pipeline should be developing. My job is to anticipate those needs and help shape the state policy to make sure we have put a premium on those strategic skills that we need for the future,” Sowell said.

Following a networking event, Capital Analytics hosted three in-depth discussion panels that addressed Miami’s real estate, education and healthcare and infrastructure sectors from an innovation perspective.

The first panel discussed some of the innovative trends in Miami’s real estate sector as well as ways the industry is including the latest emerging technologies. The panel was moderated by David Diestel, Regional President, South, for FirstService Residential. Panelists were Andrew Burnett, Senior Principal of Stantec Architecture; Carlos Chuman, Director of Finance and Asset Management for Riviera Point Invest + Develop; and Scott Lunine, Vice President and Regional Manager for Marcus & Millichap. Burnett discussed the growth of the local aging population and how architects will need to reshape their approach to the senior market and provide a more diversified product. Chuman noted essential innovations and tech tools a developer must have. And Scott spoke about how real estate brokers are addressing the needs of the new generations and new investors.

The second panel addressed the impact of new technologies in Miami’s healthcare and education sector, as well as efforts of local academic institutions to draw and retain top talent. The panel was introduced by Donna Ginn, Executive Council President of AARP Florida, and was moderated by Jack Miller, Regional Director of Capital Analytics. Panelists were Henri Ford, Dean and Chief Academic Officer of UM Miller School of Medicine; John Wensveen, Provost of Miami Dade College; Kate Black, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig; and Johannes W. Vieweg, Founding Dean of the College of Allopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University. Ford and Vieweg spoke about ways innovation is helping to keep recent graduates in Miami. Black highlighted innovative and emerging models of healthcare research and delivery that are trending among Miami’s health companies. And Wensveen explained how MDC, as a community and institution, is using innovative tools to train and retain talent.

The final panel focused on technology and innovation to meet infrastructure needs in Miami. The moderator was Steven Zelkowitz, Managing Partner of Fox Rothschild Miami office. Panelists were Carolyn Bermudez, Vice President and General Manager of Florida City Gas (FCG); Manuel Pila, Economic Developer of the City of Doral; Marlon Hill, member of the Board of Directors of Miami Parking Authority (MPA); and Luis Lugo, Senior Vice President of Hill International. Bermudez pointed out how FCG has improved its gas delivery system and that it has replaced and relocated older pipes with technologically advanced plastic pipes. Pila spoke about the City of Doral’s innovative transportation initiatives and ways cities and counties work together to create better connectivity. Lugo noted recent local growth in aviation, rail, transit and infrastructure projects. Hill explained ways the MPA is adapting to changes in the industry due to new technology.

“This is an exciting time to be in the Miami-Dade area as both the domestic and international profile of the city and region continue to rise and as we see a growing hunger to invest and the ever-increasing diversification of what Miami offers to both well-established organizations and to the entrepreneurially-minded,” said Miller in opening remarks for the event.

About Invest: Miami 2019:

Invest: Miami 2019 is an in-depth economic review of the key issues facing Miami-Dade’s economy, featuring the exclusive insights of prominent industry leaders. Invest: Miami 2019 is produced with two goals in mind: 1) to provide comprehensive investment knowledge on Miami to local, national and international investors, and 2) to promote Miami as a place to invest and do business.

The book conducts a deep dive into the top economic sectors in the county, including real estate, construction, trade and logistics, infrastructure and environment, banking and finance, healthcare, education and the arts, culture and tourism. This year, the publication also includes in-depth analysis on the cities of Miami, North Miami and Doral. The publication is compiled from insights collected from more than 200 economic leaders, sector insiders, political figures and heads of important institutions. It analyzes the leading challenges facing the market as well as covering emerging opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators.

Contact: Yolanda Rivas, Content Manager, yrivas@capitalaa.com