Shaping our economic future, together.

Op-Ed: Miami’s economic future depends on doing these three things well

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Our Why

This is a pivotal moment for Miami. We have never been positioned so strongly for success as we are today. But we also face daunting and ongoing challenges – from sea-level rise, to income inequality, to a much-needed economic reinvention that’s just getting started.

Opportunity Miami is a platform to help catalyze a long-term vision for Greater Miami’s economic future and rally the community to create it. The approach: elevate the best ideas, practices, research and people addressing questions pivotal to our economic future, engage across Miami-Dade County, and share clear, actionable solutions to help our community make better decisions, faster.

It’s an effort that takes the long view. Moving beyond election and news cycles to imagine the Miami we want in 2040 - when the child today in Miami will be readying to enter the workforce.

Our belief is that our greatest challenges present our biggest opportunities. That a more innovative, inclusive and sustainable future can only be built together - with you. And to stay ahead of new challenges and opportunities, a new model for how we envision and build that future is needed.

Join in. Let’s shape our economic future, together.

Our Focus

We believe Miami’s economic future hinges on doing three things well:

We believe Miami can be a global leader across all three – consider what’s possible:

How We Work

Opportunity Miami is a new model for how we envision and build our long-term economic future. Today’s world of rapid change requires compasses, not maps. Organizations have often created lengthy blueprints to do this sort of work. The risk today, however, is that static reports will become obsolete within months. Opportunity Miami aims to be a platform that is iterative, can move quickly and meet people where they are.  

Our approach is in three parts: 

Miami-Dade Beacon Council

Opportunity Miami is powered by Miami-Dade Beacon Council, a public-private partnership that is the official economic development organization for Miami-Dade County. It stands on the shoulders of One Community One Goal, the initiative founded in the 1990s by civic leader Jay Malina and re-launched in 2012 by The Beacon Council, that focused on identifying the key economic issues and proposing steps to address them.

Co-Chairs

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County

Juan Carlos Liscano, Vice President for Miami, the Caribbean and Latin America

Tony Argiz, Chairman and CEO of Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC

Team

Matt Haggman

Matt Haggman

Opportunity Miami

Suzette Laboy

Suzette Laboy

Editorial Manager

Azhar Chougle

Azhar Chougle

Brand and Creative Director

Melissa Brod

Melissa Brod

Miami-Dade Beacon Council

Gusto Mendoza

Gusto Mendoza

Design

Chris Clark

Chris Clark

Opportunity Miami

Jennifer Fritz

Jennifer Fritz

OM

Yara Bousaab

Yara Bousaab

Communications Strategist

Yvesanniah Lacoude

Yvesanniah Lacoude

OM Communications