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WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION, FLORIDA LEGISLATORS ARE DUMB
 
President George W. Bush said in a commencement speech at Southern Methodist University in 2015: “To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards and distinctions, I say, ‘Well done.’ And as I like to tell the C students, ‘You too, can be president.’” There is no dishonor is being a C student. There is dishonor in having a C-level education system. But that is where the State of Florida has put itself proudly — well below the middle of the pack. Education Week magazine graded each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Florida scored a 72, a low C overall. The average student’s chance for success was rated at 75.5; our school finance system got a lackluster D+, and our K-12 achievement received only a 73.9. Mental capital has replaced industrial capability as the engine driving the economy. So to compete, we need... Read More »
 
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MIAMI-BASED FAUSTO GOMEZ NAMED TO FLORIDA TAXWATCH BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 
The state’s preeminent taxpayer research organization, Florida TaxWatch, has appointed one of Florida’s most respected government relations counselors to its Board of Trustees. Fausto Gomez, president of Gomez Barker Advisors, joins the Tallahassee-based watchdog organization. A resident of Key Biscayne, Gomez presently serves as a public affairs professional successfully representing businesses and governments in Florida. “We are thrilled to welcome Fausto Gomez to our esteemed Board of Trustees,” said Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro. “Florida TaxWatch was built on the idea of bringing the business community to the Legislature. Mr. Gomez’s background with both businesses and government makes... Read More »
 
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MICHAEL JACKSON’S FORMER PET, BUBBLES, IS CREATING NEW MASTERPIECES
 

For a second year in a row, after raising over $11,000 for the Center for Great Apes and attracting worldwide media and participation (including BBC and People Magazine), Frames USA is opening its doors again for Apes that Paint 2. The free event will take place on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 6pm to 10pm. Attendees will have the... Read More »

 
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THE WOMEN’S FUND MIAMI-DADE CELEBRATES ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY
 
The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade sold out its Power of the Purse 2018 event and 25th anniversary celebration with a full-house of almost 900 guests at the Hilton Miami Downtown. The event brought together some of Miami-Dade’s most elite and widely recognized philanthropists, corporations, non-profits, community leaders, elected officials and community members for one of the largest... Read More »
 
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BRICKELL ENERGY TAKING CHARGE WITH EV STATIONS AROUND CITY
 
Alejandro Burgana is on a quest to plug Miami into the many benefits of electric vehicles — and what powers them — smart, convenient EV charging stations and how to finance their installation at condos, businesses, and commercial throughout South Florida.Burgana’s  firm, Miami-based Brickell Energy, recently played host to an energetic — and informative — unveiling of a dual port smart-charging station at Wynwood’s “Emerge Miami” building, followed by an interactive talk on the state of the EV industry. The distinctive EV charging station installed on Apr. 26 in the parking lot of the facility, also know as the UM Life Science & Technology Park, is the newest addition to the aFLoat Charging as a Service Program, provided by Brickell Energy and OBE Power Networks. This cutting-edge collaborative workplace also hosts the CIC Miami (Cambridge Innovation Center) offices, as well as other firms in the... Read More »
 
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MCCJ SAYS GOODBYE TO ITS LONGTIME EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ROBERTA SHEVIN
 
MCCJ, the non-profit organization that was founded in 1935 to spread inclusivity and more tolerance towards diversity, is now saying goodbye to long-time executive director Roberta D. Shevin and ushering a new era with... Read More »
 
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PANTER, PANTER, & SAMPEDRO AWARDS TWO STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
 
Panter, Panter & Sampedro (PPS) is proud to announce that it has awarded Patricia Manning of Miami Killian Senior High and Alexa Drucker of Miami Palmetto Senior High School each with a $1,000 scholarship. The students received the awards during ceremonies at their respective schools. Manning was honored as the winner of Killian’s annual Lorraine Silverstein Award, named after... Read More »
 
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