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BACKING BRAC: To ensure that Miami-Dade military bases stay open, the county's Public Safety & Healthcare Committee forwarded Tuesday to the full county commission an item that would create a Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) taskforce to represent the county's interest before federal and state agencies. BRAC is a process in which the federal government reorganizes military installations and resources to increase efficiency and reduce expenses. As part of the process, the Department of Defense recommends base closures and realignments for congressional approval.
DORAL INTERIM LEADER: The search to find an executive director for the Doral Business Council has found a temporary solution with the appointment of Ron Mann as interim executive director. Executive director Dana Fernety left the council March 1 after being appointed in October 2011 to replace Pete De La Torre. Mr. Mann is a current trustee of the council and has been involved with the organization since its founding in 2004.
FREE ENTERPRISE: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez delivered a keynote address at the LIBRE Initiative's 2012 National Hispanic Opinion Poll Discussion at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza. According to county documents, his remarks focused on free enterprise's role in the American immigrant experience and the related changes he is making to county government. Details: www.thelibreinitiative.
STEM CELL RESEARCH: The University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute has been selected as one of seven centers nationwide to participate in the Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network. The network's mission is to drive advances in treatment of cardiovascular diseases. "Our goal at [UM's Stem Cell Institute] is to spearhead the development of cell-based therapies for a host of untreatable diseases," Joshua Moore, a physician and professor of medicine at the Miller School, said in a statement.
34-UNIT SITE PURCHASED: Miami-based TM Real Estate Group purchased a 34-unit multi-housing property at 501-525 Valencia Ave. in Coral Gables for $4.5 million. CBRE represented the seller. Built between 1948 and 1958, the property has 24,978 rentable square feet on a one-acre lot. The site is considered ideal for future development. The property was 95% occupied at closing.