Jack Lowell aims to link community's legislative agendas and chart path for area economy as Beacon Council chair
Longtime Miamian Jack Lowell has long been the face of downtown's Metropolitan Miami development, whose signature project, the Wells Fargo Center, is nearly complete. On Oct. 1 he also became the public face of the Beacon Council, the county's official economic development organization.
He takes the reins at what could be exciting times for the organization, which raises its budget through a portion of the county's business tax and private companies' membership fees. It's looking at refreshing the decade-old One Community One Goal study, which in the mid-"90s brought together individuals and businesses to chart a path for Miami's economy.
It's also looking to put on the first Miami International Air Show in 2012, the Western Hemisphere's version of Le Bourget and the Farnborough Air Show, held biennially outside Paris and London, respectively. The show, Beacon Council President and CEO Frank Nero has said, could attract hundreds of companies and tens of thousands of industry attendees from around the world.
Mr. Lowell has his own initiatives he'd like to undertake during his year as chair.
"My goal is to get various organizations in the community to coordinate their legislative agendas so we can be more effective in Tallahassee," he said. "That means getting groups like the Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the county, the Beacon Council, to coordinate agendas, talk to each other and come up with legislative priorities."
Mr. Lowell discussed the intricacies of the council, and why he's bullish on the future of downtown Miami, in Flagler Real Estate Services' Coral Gables office with Miami Today staff writer Zachary S. Fagenson.
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