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Creating job opportunities in South Florida


With the South Florida economy growing once again and with an eye towards sustainable long-term growth, I would like to call attention to some major investments underway right now in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, directors and members, like to see job creation and welcome new projects that will help employ people who need those jobs. For that reason, we are extremely happy to see our economy bouncing back thanks to major investments in Miami-Dade County.

As a non-profit organization, we value investment in our community. We particularly see tremendous investment from Florida Power & Light. Billions of dollars are being invested in local power plants, making them more efficient and helping our local economy which in turn is supporting the growth and development of local businesses.

We see that the recent demolition of the Port Everglades plant in Fort Lauderdale will pave the way for a cleaner, modern facility. In addition, another FPL project in the planning stages, the expansion of the Turkey Point nuclear plant near Homestead, will provide thousands of jobs for our construction industry and hundreds of permanent jobs. This project is being planned to help meet the needs of our ever-growing region.

While some of the nuclear construction work is highly specialized, the nuclear components are only a portion of the overall project. Crane operators, welders, painters, electricians and many other tradesmen from our South Florida communities will be able to obtain a job, some for extended periods of time. This will be a tremendous benefit to dozens of local Hispanic businesses, and the benefits will be shared for years.

The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce embraces the great benefits to countless local firms and our construction industry as a whole that will come along with this and many other projects in the near future.

Liliam M. Lopez, president/CEO, South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Miami Beach

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