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The Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust announces its May 2024 Full Trust meeting

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MIAMI-DADE ( May 24, 2024 )– On Wednesday, May 29, 2024, the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust (CITT) will hold its May 2024 Full Trust meeting.

The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in the Miami-Dade County Commission Chambers on the second floor of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center at 111 N.W. First St., Miami, Florida, 33132.

The meeting will be broadcast live on Miami-Dade Television and via webcast at www.miamidade.gov/webcasting.

Members of the public are welcome to participate by providing a comment on any of the items to be discussed at the Full Trust meeting. A copy of the meeting agenda will be published on the CITT website at least a day prior to the meeting.

Public comments can be provided by:
• Attending the meeting in person and delivering a comment there, or by
• Sending an email to citt@miamidade.gov no later than noon on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. The email will be read into the record during the meeting.

Each member of the public providing a comment will have two minutes to speak. Emails read into the record shall not exceed two minutes. Those who provide a public comment must also provide his/her name, address, and the CITT agenda item number(s) being addressed.

Anyone wishing to obtain more information regarding the meeting can call 305-375-1357. For information about the CITT and the People’s Transportation Plan, the public is encouraged to visit the CITT’s website, or call 305-375-1357.

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Miami-Dade’s Health District Metrorail Station Renamed UHealth | Jackson Station to Promote Healthier Living and Community Access

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MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (FNN) – Today, Miami-Dade County unveiled the newly renamed UHealth | Jackson Station, located at 1501 NW 12 Avenue in the heart of the Health District. Formerly known as the Civic Center Metrorail Station, this renaming marks a significant collaboration between Miami-Dade County, the University of Miami Health System, and Jackson Health System. The new station name serves as a landmark to two of the world’s leading medical care systems, promotes healthier living through collaborative activations, and ensures easier access for transit riders.

This naming rights agreement, led by Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development, is the first public-private revenue-generating opportunity for Miami-Dade County involving Jackson and the University of Miami Health System. Approved unanimously by the Board of County Commissioners in June, the partnership will generate nearly $3 million in non-tax revenue and provide numerous benefits for the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW).

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava praised the collaboration, stating, “This innovative partnership with the University of Miami and Jackson showcases the powerful synergy between the private sector, our public health system, and Miami-Dade County. It is a beacon for greater access to healthcare and healthier living. It reflects our commitment to building a robust, efficient public transportation system that is beautiful, functional, safe, and gets you to your destinations faster, including your healthcare provider.”

The station, which has an annual ridership of over 13.4 million and 90,000 annual boardings, is situated in a bustling area frequented by hundreds of thousands of pedestrians and motorists. The renaming aims to remind residents and visitors that they can easily access top-notch healthcare in their community.

District 1 Commissioner and Board Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert, III, expressed his support, “As a proud transit rider and advocate of strong public-private partnerships, this transformative change at one of our busiest Metrorail stations marks a milestone in our commitment to vibrant, accessible public transit. This partnership with the University of Miami Health System and Jackson Health System is a great step forward, and I look forward to more similar initiatives.”

District 3 Commissioner Keon Hardemon added, “This unprecedented collaboration will positively impact my district, our communities, and public transportation. I commend the hard work of everyone involved in bringing this marketing partnership to fruition, which promotes healthier living and greater access to Miami-Dade’s health tech innovation hub.”

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., chief operating officer of UHealth, emphasized the commitment to accessibility, stating, “Naming this station with our Jackson partners demonstrates our dedication to increasing community access, just as we are expanding UHealth’s presence across Miami-Dade in the coming year.”

To further illustrate this commitment, UHealth will deploy mobile clinics along Metrorail stations over the next 30 days, providing children’s vaccines, screenings, and educational materials.

Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System, highlighted the significance of the renaming, “Properly naming this station UHealth | Jackson reiterates our commitment to enhancing access to Miami’s only academic health system and evolving the Health District into one of the nation’s top medical destinations.”

All signage at the station has been updated to reflect the new name, with partner branding added to various features and elements. The new station name will also appear on digital and static signage throughout the Metrorail system and online.

Francesca de Quesada Covey, Miami-Dade County’s Chief Innovation and Economic Development Officer, concluded, “Our Marketing Partnerships program exemplifies how we innovate County government to build a FutureReady Miami-Dade, improving services for residents and finding win-win opportunities with the private sector.”

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Miami-Dade County to break ground on state-of-the-art South Dade Transit Operations Center

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MIAMI-DADE ( June 20, 2024 ) – On Tuesday, June 25th, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman, Oliver G. Gilbert III, along with the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW), elected officials and project stakeholders, will celebrate the groundbreaking for the new cutting-edge South Dade Transit Operations Center (SDTOC) project, the first of its kind in the United States.The SDTOC is an innovative transit project that will meet the requirements for Envision Silver Certification. It will house and maintain a new fleet of 100 articulated battery electric buses. SDTOC will have dedicated areas for maintenance, parts storage, driver training, bus dispatch, cleaning, and detailing. In a major storm or emergency, the SDTOC can also be used as an Emergency Command Center for DTPW operations. It will also contain a solar component, reclaimed water system and native tree area demonstrating the County’s commitment to resilience and sustainability. Most importantly, it will serve as a vibrant economic hub creating more than 270 jobs in the greater Homestead area.

This is the first major garage facility constructed in 40 years and critical to serving South Miami-Dade with closer, more expeditious and complete transit services. The project is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2026 with portions opening as soon as Summer 2025.

Who:
Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade, Miami-Dade County Mayor
Oliver G. Gilbert III, Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman
Robert Wolfarth, Chair, Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust
Eulois Cleckley, Department of Transportation and Public Works Director and CEO
What:
Groundbreaking for South Dade Transit Operations Center
When:
June 25, 2024 — 10:00 a.m.
Where:
SW 127 Avenue and Biscayne Drive, Homestead

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Miami-Dade County launches largest film incentive program in Florida

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MIAMI-DADE ( May 06, 2024 ) – The Miami-Dade County Office of Film and Entertainment has launched the largest film incentive in Florida to attract major motion pictures and television series. The film incentive, known as the High Impact Film Fund Program (HIFFP), will provide up to $50 million over the next 5 years to bring productions back to Miami-Dade County through a cash rebate of up to 20% for qualifying domestic and international productions filming locally. The HIFFP was sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner René Garcia and unanimously approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

The Film Office underscores the significant economic contribution of the local film industry, generating job opportunities and showcasing our region on a global scale. Highlighting Miami-Dade County in films and TV series not only enhances our visibility but also boosts tourism and attracts investments.

The Film Office conducted an extensive year-long outreach, engaging with producers, directors, studio executives, and other industry stakeholders, including those already involved in our county’s film scene and those considering future ventures. Feedback analysis revealed the absence of competitive entertainment economic development programs has hindered major TV and film productions from choosing Miami-Dade County as their filming destination.

“The High Impact Film Fund Program is a testament to our commitment to nurturing both the artistic and economic growth of our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “This initiative aligns with our vision of making Miami-Dade a thriving hub for creative industries, and we look forward to the positive impact it will have on our county. Not only will this program create jobs, but it will support the many local businesses that are the backbone of our economy in Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner René Garcia is thrilled over the tremendous support he has received from his colleagues on the Board of County Commission, industry stakeholders, and residents alike. “Our unmatched crews, talent, infrastructure, and locations have made Miami-Dade the perfect place to shoot movies and television series. This program will help create and sustain thousands of small businesses and good paying jobs for our residents and while bringing billions in much needed new investment to our county. I am especially excited about the possibility of growing this program with the promise of retaining our talented workforce and youth, and the economic growth a robust program can bring to our community. It will also strengthen our global competitiveness and deliver significant, long-term value to our economic future,” said Commissioner René Garcia.

“Film incentive programs support economic development by creating jobs, stimulating local spending, attracting investment, promoting tourism, and enhancing the county’s overall appeal. The main concern I always hear from producers to artists to crew personnel is the lack of a real incentive. The program will begin to position Miami-Dade as a global destination for major film and television production,, stated Miami-Dade Film Commissioner, Marco Giron.

Miami-Dade County was recently selected as a top 10 destination and named as one of the best places to live and work as a movie maker in 2024 by MovieMaker Magazine. The Film Office also won numerous awards including the National Association of Counties (NACo) Best in Category for its Movie and TV Map Tour, and also won NACo awards for the Magic City Music Tour and the One-Stop-Shop Film Permitting Center. Also this year, the Film Office was selected among 200 film commissions around the world as a finalist for Film Commission Initiative of the Year by Makers & Shakers.

Miami-Dade County is proudly featured in some of the most iconic TV series, such as Miami Vice, Burn Notice, CSI: Miami, Dexter, Ballers, Glades, Magic City and Keeping up with The Kardashians to name a few. Major movies set in Miami include the Bad Boys franchise, There’s Something About Mary, Pain and Gain, Iron Man 3, and the recent HBO remake of Father of the Bride starring hometown superstars Gloria Estefan and Andy Garcia.

The Miami-Dade County Office of Film & Entertainment is part of The Office of Innovation and Economic Development (OIED) which catalyzes a FutureReady Miami-Dade — where investing in equity, resilience, and innovation cements our position as a global economic hub.

For more information about the High Impact Film Fund Program (HIFFP) and how to apply, please visit www.filmiami.org or contact The Miami-Dade County Office of Film & Entertainment at 305-375-3288.

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