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Posted on: February 6, 2020

City of North Miami Enhances Local Preference Benefits to Area Businesses

North Miami, FL February 3, 2020 — The City of North Miami’s Mayor and Council vote, during the Jan. 28 City Council Meeting, to accept changes to Section 7-151 of the North Miami Code of Ordinances, which enhance existing local business preferences to provide a greater benefit to established businesses based in the City.

The city of North Miami’s local preference ordinance is designed to provide a competitive advantage to local businesses bidding for City contracts. The updated local preference ordinance brings several major changes focused on verifying applicant eligibility. The first change is that the business must maintain a current North Miami Business Tax Receipt and Certificate of Use for 12 months prior to application submittal. Eligible businesses must also occupy a physical location within the city of North Miami for at least one year, resulting in exclusion of post office boxes, virtual offices and the like. An affidavit confirming the aforementioned must now be provided.

With the changes, North Miami’s Mayor, sought to include a platform for businesses that are not based in North Miami to also receive local preference benefits. Companies based outside of North Miami may receive local preference by subcontracting at least 20% of the contractual amount with a North Miami based business that meets all other eligibility criteria.

“My goal in bringing these changes before my colleagues on the North Miami City Council was to modernize the ordinance to address present day business trends and to enhance the advantages to established North Miami businesses,” said Philippe Bien-Aime, Mayor of North Miami. “To grow our City, as a local government, we must invest in our City. Our hope is that opportunities such as this one will also urge new businesses in various categories to setup shop in our City and potentially qualify for such opportunities in the future.”

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