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November 19, 2020
Miami-Dade’s economic resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges to highlight business forum and launch of Invest: Miami 2020.
Miami, FL. – In this time of uncertainty, Miami-Dade’s leaders are coming together in an online business forum to discuss the region’s economic climate and how to prepare for a post-pandemic world. Hosted by integrated media platform Capital Analytics, the highly anticipated event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom Webinar.
Following a brief introduction by Capital Analytics’ CEO Abby Melone, the forum will focus on two robust panel discussions, a speech from panel presenter James R. Haj, president and CEO of The Children’s Trust, and two keynote speeches delivered by Adrienne Arsht, the founding chairman of the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation, and Daniella Levine Cava, mayor-elect for Miami-Dade County. Also on the docket is the launch of the company’s critical annual analysis, Invest: Miami 2020. Compiled after eight months of thoroughly researched analysis, the sixth edition of Invest: Miami highlights the opportunities in Miami-Dade’s economy through C-level insider insights and key business intelligence.
World-renowned for its tourism and hospitality offerings, diversifying industries, strong banking and finance sector and home to one of the busiest airports and seaports in the world, Miami-Dade is poised for a strong economic bounceback in 2021 despite the challenges caused by coronavirus-related uncertainty. The challenges, and the steps taken to overcome them, are just some of the focal points in Invest: Miami 2020. Featuring exclusive insights from industry leaders, sector insiders, elected officials and heads of important institutions, the report analyzes the leading challenges facing the market and uncovers emerging opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators. The 2020 edition highlights economic activity throughout the county, and includes a special focus chapter on the City of Aventura.
During the forum, participants will address how the banking and financial sector is positioned for success in a post-pandemic world, as well as the innovations that are emerging in all business sectors and which will help shape the future.
The panel “The future of finance: What’s to come in 2021 and beyond” will feature Steve Zelkowitz, office managing partner of Fox Rothschild LLP; Nick Miceli, regional president for Florida metro at TD Bank; Jeff Ransdell, founding partner and managing director of Fuel Venture Capital; and Ryan Marks, corporate finance and strategy lead for Kaufman Rossin. The “Shaping the future: Today’s problems are tomorrow’s innovations” panel will feature Kelly Kronenberg CEO Michael Fichtel, Knight Foundation’s Miami Program Director Raul Moas, NDM Hospitality’s Managing Principal Nick Falcone, Stantec’s Senior Principal Andrew Burnett, and Location Venture CEO Rishi Kapoor.
Hundreds of high-level guests and officials from Miami-Dade’s key industries and economic institutions will be tuning into the event.
“Despite challenges from the pandemic, Miami-Dade is still experiencing positive economic activity as individuals and companies eyeing beneficial tax climates and a strong business climate choose Miami-Dade as a place to grow or relocate their operations,” said Abby Melone, president and CEO of Capital Analytics. “Capital Analytics remains steadfast in our purpose: to deliver in-depth business intelligence through its print and digital platforms. Now more than ever, information is not only necessary, it is vital.”
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Miami leaders highlight key sectors embracing innovation and technology at the launch of Invest: Miami 2019
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.
Miami-Dade County’s international potential, growing infrastructure and vibrant economy are a few of the focal points covered by the newest edition of the Invest: Miami series from Capital Analytics Associates.
Real estate is once again a major focus, as the sector continues to experience interest from new international markets, and the need for affordable housing has encouraged developers to be creative with Miami’s limited developable land. Trade, tourism and logistics are covered in detail as they continue to be major economic drivers in the area, especially given Miami’s strategic location in the western hemisphere. The 2018 edition also takes a closer look at North Miami and the City of Miami, investigating the investment, development, education and economic promise these areas offer. This publication from Capital Analytics Associates is a 196-page economic analysis that highlights business opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators alike.
The official launch of the publication took place on June 19, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. Following the networking breakfast, the event consisted of a keynote, two panel discussions and a fireside tax chat.
To kick things off, Mayor Suarez gave the keynote address and celebrated some of the recent achievements of Miami’s economy, noting that Capital Analytics is “providing an invaluable service for the city.” He also discussed the seemingly boundless potential Miami has compared to older cities around the world.
The first panel focused on the different neighborhoods that make up Miami’s unique character and was moderated by Manuel Crespo from Greenspoon Marder. The panel featured Arden Karson, senior managing director at CBRE; Albert Garcia, vice chairman of Wynwood BID; Larry Spring, city manager of North Miami; and Greg West, president and CEO of ZOM Living. The group talked specifically about how important transportation is to development and the impact Brightline has had on reshaping and revitalizing Downtown.
Next, Robert Moore, managing partner of Baker McKenzie, and Michael Custer, tax principal at Kaufman Rossin, discussed the implications of the historic tax legislation passed in December 2017. The two tax experts spoke about how the recent legislation has and will continue to impact business in Miami-Dade, as well as the potential for many South Florida business to reconsider pass-through versus traditional corporate structure in light of the new regulations.
The final panel focused on public-private partnerships, or P3s, and was moderated by Attorney Andrej Micovic from Bilzin Sumberg. The four-member panel featured Christopher Hodgkins, CEO of the Miami Tunnel and the Miami-Dade County Public-Private Partnerships Task Force; Humberto P. Alonso Jr., vice president and senior regional business development and sales director at Atkins North America; Jonathan Bullock, vice president of corporate development and government at Hotwire Communications; and Art Noriega, CEO at the Miami Parking Authority. While discussing the challenges of these partnerships, Hodgkins commented that “construction projects are like meetings in Miami: everyone is late,” which educed a hearty laugh from the crowd.
The event was well attended by over 200 VIPs from industries ranging from real estate to healthcare. The Cuban coffee and conversation were flowing. Capital Analytics is proud to bring these discussions and engagement to the Miami business community and is looking forward to doing it again for its five-year anniversary in 2019.
Capital Analytics launches the third edition od Invest: Miami
“We will be one of the great cities of the U.S. and the world – it’s up to us to build the foundation,” Carlos Gimenez, mayor of Miami-Dade, told a receptive audience at the launch of Invest: Miami 2017. The launch was attended by some 350 people, 70 percent of whom are C-suite level executives and featured a closing address from Mayor Gimenez as well as speeches from Capital Analytics CFO Albert Lindenberg, General Manager Abby Melone and Executive Director for Invest: Miami Erica Knowles. The event also included two-panel discussions from leading names in the South Florida economy.
Moderated by Kerri Barsh shareholder and co-chair of the National Environment Practice of Greenberg Traurig, the conference’s first panel focused on the infrastructure developments facing the county. The three-member panel consisted of Alice Bravo, director of the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works, Tony Coley, president of the South Florida Region of BB&T and George Foyo and executive vice-president and chief administration officer of Baptist Health South Florida.
Technology and Innovation Take Center Stage at Invest: Miami 2016 Kick-Off
Our VIP luncheon officially launches this year’s edition of Invest: Miami’s annual publication. While Miami’s real estate, tourism and financial industries have propelled the market to international prominence, some of the newest and largest investments underway can be found in the city’s emerging technology sector. This emphasis on innovation was the focal point of Invest: Miami 2016, a publication exploring the most salient issues facing Miami-Dade County. The second-annual publication by Capital Analytics Associates is a 200-page economic analysis that highlights business opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators alike looking to South Florida.
The region’s top business and civic leaders had first access to the Invest: Miami 2016 publication during a sold-out VIP luncheon on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the InterContinental Miami. Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ superintendent Alberto Carvalho, a proponent of technology in the classroom as a means to boost student achievement, served as the event’s keynote speaker.
This year’s four-member panel of leading business experts included Steven Altschuler, CEO of UHealth; Eugene W. Anderson, Dean of the University of Miami School of Business Administration; Brian Bracken, CEO of Kairos; and Jaret Davis, Miami Co-Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig. The panel explored the ways in which technology is driving investment in the South Florida market and evolving tech trends across sectors.
“Our first publication served as an introduction to Miami, both in terms of growth and economic diversification,” said Abby Melone, executive director of Invest: Miami. “Its overwhelmingly positive reception ensured we would follow up the inaugural launch with an even deeper look at how market newcomers and veterans can take advantage of the region’s investment opportunities.”
Over the course of a six-month research period, the Invest: Miami team met with over 200 top senior-level executives in Miami-Dade County in intimate, one-on-one discussions. These executives came from a broad spectrum and the perspectives collected from these exclusive discussions became the basis of the contents of the 2016 issue.
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Invest: Miami 2015 Features Exclusive Interview with Greenberg Traurig Co-Chair Matt Gorson, June 8, 2015
MIAMI – Greenberg Traurig Co-Chair Matt Gorson is featured in the newly published Invest: Miami 2015, a comprehensive 200-page economic review that illuminates the key issues facing Miami-Dade and underscores emerging business opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators looking to Miami.
Invest: Miami was officially launched late last month at a VIP luncheon in Miami’s Coconut Grove district, with a welcome address made by City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and was keynoted by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez. The event featured a panel discussion comprised of top-level local leaders, who discussed innovations and provided insight as to why Miami is becoming the next major global business hub.
The publication analyzes the leading trends and challenges in the market, and is based in part on information gathered from exclusive sit-down discussions with over 200 prominent industry leaders in Miami-Dade County, who provided in-depth assessments and candid market insights.
Gorson’s interview is presented in the Legal chapter of the report, which was co-produced by Capital Analytics, the publisher of Invest: Miami, and Greenberg Traurig. The Legal chapter closely examines growing legal practice areas in Miami-Dade, including real estate and land use; environment; technology and venture capital; private equity; litigation and arbitration; cross-border transactions; with a special spotlight on public-private partnerships.
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About Invest: Miami 2015:
Invest: Miami 2015 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 is produced with two goals in mind: 1) to provide comprehensive investment knowledge on Miami to external investors and the global business community, and 2) to promote Miami as a place to invest and do business. The report conducts a deep dive of the top economic sectors in the county (full list: Construction and Real Estate; Trade and Logistics; Transportation; Banking and Finance; Technology and Innovation; Health; Education; Retail; Tourism; Entertainment, Arts and Media; Sports; Environment & Utilities; Legal and Accounting), analyzes the leading challenges facing the market, as well as covers emerging opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators.
About Greenberg Traurig, LLP:
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from 37 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is among the 2015 BTI Brand Elite and among the most “Tech Savvy.” It was on the 2013-2015 BTI Client Service 30 listings of firms “most recognized by clients for providing excellent client service,” and one of the 2014 BTI Client Relationship Scorecard “Power Elite,” based on the nature and strength of its client relationships. More information can be found at: www.gtlaw.com.