Author: Douglas Hanks
Publisher: Miami Herald
Date: December 8, 2011
Miami-Dade County badly trails competitors when it comes to innovation, young professionals, technology firms and an educated workforce, leaving the county to depend on boom-and-bust cycles to get ahead.
That’s the conclusion from a study commissioned by the county’s economic-development agency as it tries to plot a strategy to move Miami-Dade beyond its reliance on tourism and construction. The 134-page report by a Texas firm gives Miami-Dade low marks in the kind of criteria that companies evaluate in selecting new locations, adding up to a fairly dim assessment of Florida’s largest economy.
“I wouldn’t give you guys a failing report card, but there is a lot of room for improvement,” said Amy Holloway, president of Avalanche Consulting, the Austin firm that wrote the report. “This is what you look like from the outside.” Read more here.