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Javier F. Aviñó

Posts by Javier F. Aviñó

Retail and Tech in Miami Continue to Expand

At the Beacon Council’s annual One Community One Goal Meeting, national retail department store Macy’s announced that it will be bringing its fashion incubator to Miami in order to foster and keep talent in Miami. In its two other locations in Chicago and Philadelphia, the Macy’s incubator has served as a residency on the business… Continue Reading

Florida’s Revenue System Outlined in New Report

The Leroy Collins Institute has published a report that outlines their view of the state’s revenue system and its potential misuse. The report, entitled “Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida’s Future,” builds on a 2005 Institute report which warned that the state’s revenue system was overly reliant on the booming housing market and influx of construction due… Continue Reading

eMerge Americas Techweek: Final Thoughts

The eMerge Techweek Conference’s last day, like every day before it, was filled with interesting discussions led by the tech world’s movers and shakers. On Monday, they held a session about crowdfunding, led by EarlyShares CEO Joanna  Schwartz. Crowdfunding is an innovative way of raising equity and gathering investors without losing creative control. Done in an online,… Continue Reading

Monday at eMerge Americas Techweek: Live Blogging

Over 5,000 people have gathered for the inaugural eMerge Americas Techweek Conference, hosted at the Miami Beach Convention Center. In addition to the elaborate booths of sponsors from various sectors, including education, health and the financial sector, the conference has an array of speakers on a variety of topics, grouped into categories such as “Innovate,”… Continue Reading

Mayor Speaks of Miami’s Emergence in Technology Sector

Miami’s technology movement is not on the brink of happening…it is happening and it’s happening now.  With the Downtown Development Authority’s success in facilitating hedge fund Universa Investments’ relocation to Miami, and the eMerge Americas tech conference set to take place May 2nd through May 6th, Miami is getting the world’s attention for more than… Continue Reading

Miami-Dade Mayor Emphasizes the Importance of P3s

During his State of the County Address this week, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez emphasized the importance of following the national trend of increasing public-private partnerships (P3s) to “tackle the urgent challenge of renewing our infrastructure at a pace that matches the county’s growth.” The private sector has reciprocated with much eagerness to partner with Miami-Dade… Continue Reading

GMCC Economic Outlook Conference

I recently attended the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 South Florida Economic Summit, featuring Governor Rick Scott as one of the guest speakers.  In Gov. Scott’s remarks, he spoke of the need to create additional jobs and continue to grow Florida’s economy in key sectors like tourism and technology.  To that end, Gov. Scott… Continue Reading

Federal Aviation Administration to Propose Height Regulations

As development in Miami’s core returns, many developers are concerned with what appears to be a review by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) height regulations, which could impose restrictions to the maximum allowable heights.   However, the FAA is not being clear on what exactly its intended revisions to the regulations may be, causing additional angst… Continue Reading

Time to Focus on Investment Opportunities in Miami’s Submarkets

Tenants and Investors Seeking Value in Suburban Locations We recently attended a presentation by The Real Deal about the Miami Commercial Real Estate Market in 2013: Beyond Downtown. Pointe Group Advisors hosted the event on the rooftop of the Miami green building– the first green office building in Miami. Besides it being a spectacular Miami… Continue Reading

Optimistic Outlook for South Florida Construction Industry in 2013

Host of construction projects on the horizon After showing signs of life in 2012, the construction industry in Miami is scheduled to see the rise of cranes in 2013, and with it various projects. According to Condo Vultures, a firm which tracks the real estate market, there are nearly 100 condominium projects proposed for South… Continue Reading

Reauthorization of EB-5 Program to Spur Business Development

The City of Miami is pushing for job creation and economic development through the establishment of an EB-5 immigrant investor regional center. The EB-5 program, initially created in 1990 by Congress, allows for foreign investors to invest and subsequently obtain an EB-5 visa. The visa grants 2 year resident status to qualifying investors and their… Continue Reading