All the talk of Miami’s rise to prominence as an international city came to a head last night as hundreds of Miami’s business and civic leaders gathered at 1450 Brickell Avenue for “Going Global,” a panel discussion exploring all that’s fueling the Magic City’s growth.
Panelists included (pictured left to right): Blanca Commercial Real Estate EVP Danet Linares, City National Bank SVP and Director of Marketing Eddie Dominguez, Bilzin Sumberg Partner Suzanne Amaducci, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, Cervera Real Estate Managing Partner Alicia Cervera, and Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. David Adams, Bureau Chief for the Southeast US and Caribbean at Thomson Reuters, served as the evening’s moderator.
Discussion topics ranged from foreign investment and mass transit, to education and casino gambling. Through it all, there was a common thread that despite the strides Miami has made, this city has limitless potential when it comes to attracting new companies, encouraging smart development, and improving quality of life.
Among the highlight quotes from the panel:
“In today’s world, where you choose to live is more important than the job itself because the job could be anywhere thanks to technology.” – Manny Diaz
“Miami’s brand is a tremendous asset. We are known globally as a fun place to visit and a desirable place to live.” – Eddie Dominguez
“Real Estate in Miami is a bargain when compared with other leading cities. A $3,000 per foot home in London is selling for $300 in Miami.” – Marc Sarnoff
“There is a perception that Miami is dependent on Latin America, but bulk of my clients are now coming from points east and west, as opposed to north and south.” – Suzanne Amaducci
“Mass transit is Miami’s Achilles heel right now. We are making improvements with the Orlando-to-Miami rail line and the new AirportLink, but we still have a far way to go.” – Danet Linares
“The private sector needs to step up as Miami further develops. Government’s job is to set the table, but private industry needs to serve the food.” – Marc Sarnoff
“Miami is now competing with Shanghai, New Delhi and Montevideo for new corporate headquarters. We are able to compete because people want to live here.” – Manny Diaz