mdeat_web.jpgMIAMI — The Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust highlighted economic growth and development in Targeted Urban Areas (TUAs) during discussions as it’s Economic Development Action Committee hosted the 2013 MDEAT Economic Development Summit at the Miami-Dade Main Library in Downtown Miami on Friday, Sept. 13.

“These TUAs are communities,” said Ron Butler, MDEAT vice-chair and Economic Development Action Committee chair, “they are markets filled with residents and opportunity.”

Special guest speaker Robert Cruz, Miami-Dade County’s Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources Chief Economist, captivated the audience of nearly 100 participants as he delivered a presentation on the TUAs.

Community leaders broke out in work groups to discuss the development of a countywide plan for TUAs. Issues identified during the breakout sessions of the north and south included lack of job opportunities; a need for infrastructure improvement to encourage economic development; affordable and available housing stock; commitment of political officials; and more branding verses labeling marketing strategies.

Officials said the MDEAT Economic Development Action Committee (EDAC) is focused on the needs of the business community, how to address those needs and how to implement specific initiatives to assist the public and private sector.

“We must solve our own problems,” said workgroup participant NJ Gilbert. “We must make sure our people get a piece of the economic prosperity pie.”

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