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OLD BILLION SOFTWARE: The Miami-Dade County Finance Department, which was looking for new investment management software, decided to stay with the current vendor. Bloomberg Financial, Clearwater Analytics and Emphasys Software made the proposals after the district made an open call on March 11th. But the Finance Department said two are too expensive and one doesn’t fit the needs. The department oversees and maintains investment portfolios ranging from $ 5.5 billion to $ 9 billion. He decided to stay with the current software from APS 2 until he either adjusted his budget to afford a more expensive solution or found software that matched his needs. County. The Health and Operations Committee agreed last week; the county commission should make the final decision.
VIRTUAL ART ACCELERATES: Many cultural institutions have temporarily closed their doors because of Covid, but virtual program viewing rates are skyrocketing, and some digital presentations are attracting more people than their predecessors. “This summer, our cultural organizations have been very active with virtual programming,” Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Manager Brandi Reddick he told the city commission for art in public places this week. “And while some events would have about 200 people in the audience to actually watch the event, we now see that the virtual event attracts about 6,000 people, and obviously it can reach internationally as well.”
COFFEE, PIZZA AND A GOOD BOOK: In preparation for the Coral Gables Library branch at 3443 Segovia Street to close for 18 months for major renovations later this year, the district proposed a new library location right on Miracle Mile. The plan is to rent on the famous 308 mile in the former home of GBS, the Beauty Store. The 2,242-square-foot site should be rented for $ 80 per square foot for two years, bringing the patrons of the library just one step away from City Hall. The total rental cost should be $ 379,040, which includes $ 98,000 for site and furniture fabrication costs. Among the library’s neighbors would be Starbucks and California Pizza Kitchen. The county committee for parks, recreation and culture approved the 5-0 lease plan on Friday and forwarded it to the county commission for a final vote.
HOTEL RETRAINING BEGINS: The Miami Dade College program to train or retrain 2,500 unemployed hotel workers by September 4 registered 569 applicants with the goal of filling all 2,500 places this month, the college reported to Miami-Dade County commissioners this week. Participants receive a $ 500 scholarship when they begin the program and another $ 500 when they complete it. On August 4, the county commission established a $ 3 million fund to manage the program and secure scholarships.