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Episode Description

This week we welcome Francis Suarez, Mayor of Miami, to the podcast. Mayor Suarez made news in recent months with his Twitter activity promoting Miami as the next Silicon Valley. We sat down to discuss the tweet that went viral, how Miami is capitalizing on this “lightning in a bottle” moment, and the city’s efforts to build a workforce development pipeline for tech talent of the future.

Topics include: the efforts of local governments to attract employers and employees, the concept of employer branding as applied to cities, Miami’s divergent approaches to tax and public safety policy, the role of a mayor as a city’s chief brand ambassador, Miami’s pitch for Amazon’s HQ2, the issue of gentrification, Miami’s ongoing campaign to re-brand itself as a new tech hub, and how the city is cultivating tech talent of the future with its “Miami for Everyone” initiative.


Mayor Francis Suarez

City of Miami Website
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