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BEACON COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR NOON SEPT. 22 AT RADISSON

 MIAMI, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Installation of a new chairman, a presentation by noted author of Washington Post columnist Neal Peirce and presentation of its annual report will highlight the seventh annual meeting of The Beacon Council Sept. 22 at the Radisson Hotel. The Beacon Council is Dade County's Economic development organization.
 Peirce's new book, CITISTATES, points to the emergence of regionally strategic cities as the focus for economic development as we enter the next century. Greater Miami, he points out, is one of those cities. The opportunities and challenges this change poses will highlight his presentation.
 William Myers, president and CEO of Barnett Bank of South Florida will be assuming the chairmanship from Modesto A. Maidique, president of Florida International University. A new board of directors and the new chair-elect will be announced by Myers.
 Dr. Maidique will report that the impact of Hurricane Andrew, re- alignment of Homestead Air Force Base and loss of major industry in Dade County, resulted in The Beacon Council working with more companies than ever before, telling more people of the advantages of Dade County's strategic location, and being recognized nationally for its efforts.
 "We ended our fiscal year last September in the middle of emergency business recovery efforts," said John C. Anderson, president and CEO of the Beacon Council. "We never anticipated at that time that through our programs we would assist more than 590 companies create or retain more than 9,800 jobs in Dade County during the next 12 months.
 The Beacon Council Annual Report also shows that 1,860 one-on-one briefings, 110 group seminars and 118 press interviews were conducted in 18 targeted global markets.
 "And we certainly never planned on being given the challenge, by local and federal government, of managing a strategic Homestead Air Force Base Re-Use and South Dade Economic Redevelopment Plan," added Anderson. That plan was made a national model by the Department of Defense.
 The Beacon Council was also given national recognition for its disaster assistance programs for business. And, local attorney Burton Landy, the organization's chairman when Hurricane Andrew struck, was named the Florida Economic Development Council's volunteer of the year.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn Roberts of The Beacon Council, 305-536-8000/


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