Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Merge Beacon Council with chamber, trade center

Stop the executive search! The Beacon Council should suspend the search for a new executive director. Now is an ideal time to explore a merger of the Beacon Council, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the World Trade Center of Miami.

By putting all of these economic growth interests under one roof, the private sector would be the majority stakeholders of a combined agency. With a controlling interest, the business community could set the course for restoring the prosperity of our region, free of the persistent buffeting by the public sector.

The very existence of the Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s public/private partnership for economic development, is ripe for review. It seems the Beacon Council is constantly the target for ridicule by elected officials, newspaper columnists, representatives of disadvantaged communities and small business owners. Simply changing the executive director will not stem the criticism.

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