About One Community One Goal
The Miami-Dade Beacon Council is the sole member of the Foundation and has oversight and control over the Foundation’s fiscal and programmatic activities.
The purpose of One Community One Goal (OCOG) is to provide Miami-Dade County with a roadmap for its economic, entrepreneurial and educational success. It is a collaborative platform that promotes community-wide economic development and prosperity in Miami-Dade County, by driving innovation, leveraging strengths, providing clear thought leadership, and coalescing public and private priorities.
This community-wide initiative has achieved its five-year goals (2012 – 2017) of assisting our community with increasing higher paying jobs, enhancing our educational ecosystem and helping build a vibrant population of young professionals.
OCOG is continuing as an ongoing initiative. Its mission is to continue bringing a broad spectrum of Miami-Dade organizations together to advance the goal of a thriving, inclusive and diverse community. The goal is to support Miami-Dade County’s continued growth as a resilient business community that provides the opportunity for economic prosperity for all. OCOG will be:
increasing its focus on community engagement and inclusiveness,
amplifying efforts in the areas of innovation, education and entrepreneurship,
and driving community-wide priorities and resiliency.
Community Speaks! Community Acts!
The Beacon Council Foundation re-launched One Community One Goal to provide Miami-Dade County with a roadmap for its future economic development success. Through focus groups, surveys and thousands of hours of community engagement throughout Miami-Dade, a professional research firm prepared a set of reports and developed strategic recommendations to create an environment conducive to significant job creation focused on new higher-paying jobs in target industries.
Education was identified as the priority for One Community One Goal and is the key driver of the growth of the seven target industries. The industries were selected for having the highest potential for creating the new jobs with higher than average salaries that are needed to support our economy. Industry leaders work closely with the education community to develop the proper curriculum for training required to support the growth of those industries.
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The Miami-Dade Beacon Council serves as the secretariat for the One Community One Goal (OCOG) initiative. Its role is to oversee the community-wide initiative which is a program of the Beacon Council Foundation (501C3). This includes communicating, collaborating and partnering with organizations to achieve OCOG’s goals. The Miami-Dade Beacon Council is also responsible for the implementation of the OCOG economic development recommendations.
The Beacon Council Economic Development Foundation, Inc. (a 501(C) 3,) d/b/a The Beacon Council Foundation (the “Foundation”), formally known as The Economic Research Foundation, Inc is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization created on August 6, 1986 in the state of Florida to implement a county-wide strategic plan for economic development. It is an affiliate of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, a 501(C) 6.
The impact of One Community One Goal is far-reaching. A brighter community future can be established through the enhancement of our educational institutions and business environment. A community of talented young professionals and entrepreneurs who are vested in Miami-Dade County’s future growth can emerge. Employment levels and better paying jobs can increase. And an environment of economic sustainability can be built through the diversification of our industries
One Community One Goal’s 5-year job creation goals were to generate 27,000 new jobs in the target industries and 75,000 new jobs in all sectors. In Miami-Dade County the One Community One Goal strategic plan exceeded those goals by creating a total of more than 148,000 new jobs in all industries and greater than 60,000 new jobs in the target industries between 2012 and 2017.
Job growth leaders during the last 5 years have been the technology sector with a 32% increase in new jobs and the trade and logistics sector with a 22% growth in new employment. The present unemployment rate in Miami-Dade County is at 4.7%, the lowest since the recession in 2008.