The new head of Miami-Dade’s economic-development agency pledged Wednesday to address criticism of the tax-funded agency’s commitment to small businesses.
“I’ve heard that. It’s loud and clear,’’ Larry Williams, the new Beacon Council CEO, said during a luncheon by the Downtown Bay Forum community group. “We want to make sure we’re relevant to all the residents in this county.”
Williams, who started in October, was responding to a critical question from the Bay Forum audience on why the Beacon Council, which is largely funded by business-license fees, does not spend more money helping small businesses. The non-profit faced similar criticism from county commissioners in early 2013 during a debate that ultimately led to the ouster of its long-time CEO, Frank Nero.
“I don’t have all the answers yet,” Williams told the audience at the Wolfson Auditorium at Temple Israel in Miami. “The conversation is not over.”