Michael Finney, President & CEO of MDBC GMAA President Aviv Tzur

Aviation is one of Miami-Dade’s target industries identified by the strategic plan, One Community One Goal (OCOG), which has seen a 19% job increase in the last five years adding over 25,500 jobs. The Greater Miami Aviation Association (GMAA), one of the oldest aviation business associations in the country founded in 1927, has been integral to the industry’s success and is pivotal for its continued growth.

Michael Finney, President & CEO of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council (MDBC) was welcomed by Aviv Tzur, President of GMAA and the former MDBC Aviation Committee Chair and board member, to the GMAA’s first 2018 luncheon hosted by Amerijet International.

During the luncheon, Finney spoke about his transition from Michigan to Miami and his first eight months in Miami, highlighting Hurricane Irma, Amazon’s second headquarter (HQ2) RFP, the business community and the overall economy. He also spoke about new programming for 2018, including B2B Connect program facilitating local business connections that support new supply chain sourcing opportunities, Miami Ventures and increased company visitations.

Finney also highlighted key components to the aviation industry’s growth strategy:

• Continued growth to Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) sub sector with new expansions;
• Full potential for Opa-Locka airport with new developments;
• Expansion of flight training operations in Miami;
• Future redevelopment of NW 36th street;
• E-commerce growth strategy to leverage online retail boom with the goal of establishing Miami-Dade County as one of the world’s leading e-commerce hubs.