South Florida and International Leaders Gather Wednesday to Sign International Agreement to Support Region’s Marine Industry and Maximize Economic Opportunities
WHAT: Representing one of the first outcomes of the newly released Seven50: Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and The Barcelona Cluster Nautic will sign an international agreement to work together to enhance their mutual leadership and positioning as global centers of marine industry activities. Barcelona and its port are already noted international leaders in the nautical sector. This private sector-led effort, which builds upon the ties and principles of the Seven50 plan, is one of the many regional alliances to create a more globally competitive Southeast Florida. Seven50 (“seven counties, 50 years”) is a blueprint for growing a more prosperous, more desirable Southeast Florida during the next 50 years and beyond. The plan was created through a series of public summits, workshops, online outreach and high-impact studies led by Southeast Florida’s top thinkers.
WHO: MIASF is a trade association representing the interests of marine businesses Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. BCN is a trade association representing the interests of marine businesses in Barcelona and other provinces in Catalonia.
WHY: Through their participation in the process to create the Seven50 plan, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief, and Palm Beach Mayor Priscilla Taylor committed at the final Seven50 public summit in January to work together on this initiative and explore other key opportunities for the region. Specifically, as part of this agreement, MIASF and BCN seek to: increase business and marine industry ties; expand international reach; offer new and innovative alternatives to handle global operations; increase share in the marine industry market; and develop a platform of collaboration to facilitate training and education programs aimed at increasing jobs and economic opportunities.
WHEN: 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014
WHERE: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s office: 111 NW 1st Street, #2910, Miami, FL 33128
HOW: The agreement is considered an opportunity to increase diversity of the region’s economy by expanding high-paying, specialized jobs, education, training, research and exchange of knowledge and information locally and internationally. The agreement will be signed by Philip Purcell, MIASF Executive Director and Tony Tio, BCN president. Endorsing and in attendance at the signing ceremony will be: Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez; Broward County Commissioner Suzanne Gunzburger; Palm Beach County Mayor Priscilla Taylor; Martin County Commissioner Ed Fielding; and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler. Other industry leaders in attendance include: H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr., president, Rybovich Marina; Pepe Garcia-Aubert, managing director, MB 92 Shipyard; Carlos Vidueira, vice president, Rybovich Marina and Executive Committee Member for Seven50; Horacio Aguirre, Chair, Miami River Commission; Jim Murley, Executive Director, South Florida Regional Planning Council; Michael J. Busha, Executive Director Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council; and Marcela Camblor-Cutsaimanis, Project Director, Seven50.