DORAL, FL – Doral Family Journal together with Miami Dade College West Campus in the City of Doral, location of the panel, organized the Economic Development Forum of Cities where it was discussed the real estate market, traffic, environmental impact, and the development, business and technology opportunities of five cities: Doral, Town of Miami Lakes, Hialeah Gardens, Sweetwater and Town of Medley.
During the event, Marilyn del Orbe Silva, Director of Community Engagement & Growth of Miami Dade College, and Dr. Beverly Moore-García, West Campus President, acted as hosts while the economist Iván Jiménez made the questions to the panelists.
Josh Dieguez, Town of Miami Lakes Councilman; Arturo Ruiz, Director of Administration of Hialeah Gardens; Idania Llanio and Marco Villanueva, Commissioners of Sweetwater; Manuel Pila, Economic Developer of Doral; and Mary Cardenas, Project Coordinator of the Town of Medley represented their cities in the forum.
They were asked several questions so that the audience could learn their views about the economic status, workforce, housing, transportation, technology and manufacturing enterprises of their cities.
In addition, Rob Anderson, EVP/Chief Financial Officer of US Century Bank, and Ana Castellanos, Regional Sales Manager of Florida Blue, both representing the sponsor companies, provided insights about the role their corporations play in South Florida and the way they can contribute to the workforce, housing or transportation strategy of the aforementioned destinations.
Also present in the forum, District 12 Commissioner, Juan Carlos Bermudez, who expressed his desire to not only work with the five cities but continue helping them to grow in different areas; and City of Doral Mayor, Christi Fraga.
“I want to welcome everyone to our beautiful city of Doral, thank you to Miami Dade College West Campus for always opening their doors to great community partnerships, and to Doral Family Journal that is an incredible partner in bringing the community together, businesses, schools, residents and parents. We wouldn’t be able to do it without you.”
“I love to see our cities come together. I think we are the envy of Miami-Dade County in the west, because there are many opportunities to continue growing and to bring businesses that will create higher level paying jobs for many people,” Fraga stated.
The Economic Development Forum also gathered businesspeople, community leaders, residents, Doral Family Journal customers and other political representatives that were able to network and have a greater look into what these cities have to offer.