Letter from the Chair

Well everyone… it has been a long process and the selection by our City Commission has been made.

Tishman (ACE) will be our partner in rebuilding our convention center and developing something that we were missing for a long time…a real convention center district. This freshly renovated convention center district is the economic driver that our great city has been craving for many years. Today this large area of property is in need of help. Once completed, the high end conventions from all over the world will be fighting for calendar space in the greatest destination in the world…yes, Miami Beach. These conventions bring top notch executives who will stay in our hotels at premium rates, eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores and quietly and respectfully enjoy all that our world class destination has to offer. This drives more tourist tax dollars to the city with expanded benefits to everyone.

So now we need to come together as a community to move this process forward. The next step is getting the referendum passed in November. The referendum language is expected to be available shortly. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

Outside of the convention center excitement, the Chamber is in the middle of planning for many great upcoming events. On July 25th, we will be having a joint networker between our Pillars and the Chairmans Roundtables of the Aventura Marketing Council at Gallery Art in Aventura. For those art enthusiasts, this will be an exciting venue to see one of the largest modern contemporary art collections in South Florida. On Aug. 26th, we have our Champions of Business Lunch at the St. Regis in Bal Harbour with more than 300 people in attendance. We are also planning our annual Real Estate Lunch for October. Our title sponsor will be McKafka Development Group, a local real estate developer, who will bring an exciting outlook to our 4th annual event that sells out each year. In addition, we have our routine networking events and meetings each week. Our Chamber has the best staff, each are ready and willing to help our members at any time. Make an appointment with them to see how to you can use our Chamber resources to accomplish your goals. I challenge you to get involved and experience the power of membership.

At your service,

Alan A. Lips

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