Miami Innovation District In Talks With Nasdaq 100 Tech Companies

Major tech companies are in talks to lease space in Park West’s proposed Innovation District.

Developer Michael Simkins said yesterday that he is in discussions to lease around 100,000 square feet of office space to Nasdaq 100 tech companies. Those talks are ongoing, he told the Business Journal.

Tech companies have a herd mentality, Simkins said, so once the first signs on others will follow.

Amazon seriously considered Miami as a site for HQ2, but the city came just short, according to Simkins. The company was negotiating with local government officials during the HQ2 search process, but never met directly with the Innovation District, he said.

 

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Anonymous

Downtown Miami is improving every single day.. endless opportunities to expand. Excellent prospects for the future.

Concerned Citizen

That part of Downtown Miami is dangerously close to Overtown, a historic black neighborhood that will soon be gentrified by Simkins (who owns most of the land in that area). While this development appears to be good, it is important to think critically about who it will impact and how.

Anonymous

What an awesome reality this would be…Miami has so much potential but seemingly is stuck with commissioners and other elected officials who possess no ability to move forward on any issues that would help transit and infrastructure … even getting traffic lights synced in Miami is almost impossible … what. a shame

Anonymous

Vote in the next election. Nothing is going to change if young people don’t vote, especially in local elections.

Anonymous

Not just vote. Vote Dem otherwise Republicans will win and everyone will lose re funding transit expansion and infrastructure improvements, something the GOP traditionally shies away from because first, they are in it for themselves, and secondly, it sounds like, God forbid,… socialism.

Anonymous

Private Brightline happening.

Government Cali Train development hell.

Anonymous

Private Brightline to be soon ”rescued” by Florida taxpayers.

Anonymous

Sources? Oh that’s right you have none… just rumor.

Anonymous

Ironic how everybody who bashes Brightline are likely still butthurt over Scott cancelling the poorly planned HSR which didn’t utilize our existing infrastructure and not even beat travel time by car.

Anonymous

Dems will drive away companies

Oscar

For all the talk of Miami and Florida’s “business-friendly” tax climate helping attract companies, Amazon chose to add HQs in 2 places with more taxation than even Seattle. It’s almost as if, having lower taxes is not greater than having those things (better transit, housing, parks, infrastructure, etc.) that the higher taxes buy.

Anonymous

Pollo Tropical HQ moved to Florida recently….

Anonymous

NYC and D.C. had all that “transit, housing, parks, infrastructure, etc.” before they went loony liberal, and back then could do stuff to achieve said amenities which are no longer legal.

Anonymous

Yet another red neck conservative making asinine comments. Last time I checked (this century) we have had a conservative in the White House for 10 out of the last 18years. At the very least the blame lies on both parties.

wait

?

Anonymous

“Last time I checked (this century) we have had a conservative in the White House for 10 out of the last 18years.”

Yeah, and during those eight years of a liberal in the White House, offshoring/outsourcing, H-1B Visa abuse, and illegal immigration skyrocketed. The ChiComs were buying up our companies, and preventable corporate inversions were rampant, like Johnson Controls to Ireland, and Burger King to Canada for God’s sake!

Anonymous

Glad you mentioned that, since both Congress and Senate had repugnant majorities.

Anonymous

“Glad you mentioned that, since both Congress and Senate had repugnant majorities. You sound like an idiot.”

Yeah, and Obama wouldn’t sign anything to fix it, unless it was garbage legislation by Nazi Pelosi and Chuck You Schumer, which was to penalize them further and somehow stimulate the economy with that money which would disappear the second it’s available as usual from the corruption of the Democrat Party.

Anonymous

Lower taxes don’t mean sh*t if you have a dumbass population. Another 100 yrs will have past and you losers will still be waiting for the ‘low tax’ to yield major boom in companies. An educated workforce will, not taxes so low that you do not invest in anything long term…same idea as you gotta spend money in order to produce a significant leap in what you yield. This is not even rocket science but the dummies in this state keep waiting for someone to hand them a reward for the ‘no tax’ state thing. It is like someone waiting to get rich from simply not spending too much money on eating. LOL. I cannot believe how these folks get hoodwinked by Repubs decade after decade. Yup, that plantation thinking will really help you all out – a few command the riches while the masters tell you how good it is for you and if you protest the strategy you will risk losing those $10/hr jobs! Hilarious. Keep celebrating all the low paying service jobs you are booming with and able to retain.

Anonymous

Your Cruel Statement is so right!

Anonymous

“Lower taxes don’t mean sh*t if you have a dumbass population.”

But, we’re getting a new overland bridge that’s going to cost Florida tax payers over $800,000,000. Doesn’t that prove how intelligent we are?

Anonymous

Best comment ever

wait

you mad tho?
– Millenial, Hispanic Conservative

Anonymous

Higher taxes don’t mean sh*t if you have a dumbass government who doesn’t use the money properly. Liberals are terrible with money by the whole nature of their policies, so of course rational people want to keep more money than flushing it down the toilet.

We are screwed

You realize a majority of the tax dollars go to pay and benefits of government workers, right?

High Taxes Kill Communities

High taxes are a sign elected officials are pandering to public sector employee unions. High taxes are a sign government administrators are ineffectual.

Patrick

I would say the choice of those locations has much more to do with the talent pools of each area. The simple fact is that in Miami, the median cost of living ratio of the median salary is approximately 50%. Reasonable is 30%. The bright people that come out of our colleges often times don’t stay here for this reason. Additionally, it is risky for highly skilled workers to relocate their families here for a job because if it goes bad, often times there aren’t many similar positions available and they have to move back to the northeast or west coast.

Anonymous

100%. I relocated from New York – lured by the mild summers and low taxes. The job I came for went sour and it was nerve-wracking finding another. Most likely calling in quits soon and moving back up because the stress of that is not like anything I ever experienced in New York before. (Completely ignoring the lack of mass transit and the fact that many corporations are headquartered in a swamp called Doral…)

Anonymous

So true!

Anonymous

Amazon is getting a sweetheart deal in NYC,something like $3 billion in incentives. Queens officials are actually upset about it and staged a protest the other day.

Anonymous

You mean like in California and New York! Oh wait? Bad example

Anonymous

The only two big transportation infrastructure improvements in Miami in the last 2 decades of Florida Republican governors happened during the Obama Administration recovery plan.
1-The Port of Miami Tunnel
2-Expand the Metrorail to MIA

Anonymous

The Port of Miami Tunnel was finalized during the Bush Administration and was ninety percent financed with private funds. If Democrats led the planning, it would be a disaster of Big Dig proportions. Meanwhile, expanding the Metrorail to MIA was in planning years before and finished with government subsidies is too short for Amtrak trains. SAD!

Anonymous

Yes, that is why Amazon went to Kentucky and Alabama.

Anonymous

Vote Dem so Miami could be another Detroit!!!

Anonymous

Detroit fell because first, the steel industry started hightailing it outta the United States for greener pastures overseas, and then Detroit’s auto industry began catching hell from overseas auto manufacturers like Toyota and Honda to name a few. Auto makers in Detroit had no other choice but to hightail it outta town also and relocate to cheaper environments overseas and Mexico to make cars.

Anonymous

Detroit failed because it relied too much on the auto industry and didn’t have backup plans in industries and capital supporting it. It’s true Japanese and West German Automakers caught them off guard as competition, but still had manufacturing, albeit outside the Democratic insanity of the city and even state for right-to-work states. NAFTA made it worse with Canada literally across the river and Mexico being… well, Mexico.

Anonymous

So I guess according to what you’re saying, all of the mid-west acquired the moniker of being the “Rust Belt” because it didn’t have the, what you said, “backup plans in industries and capital supporting it.” Detroit had the leading industry in the mid-west and just like places like Cleveland, Detroit’s auto industry declined because of weak American consumer support and the desire of manufacturers seeking bigger profits and low wage workers in other countries.

Anonymous

They also failed b/c of the years of shit autos being manufactured compared to others… Even still to this day!

Anonymous

Wrong.
Ford has not manufactured a car in Detroit since 1905.
Chrysler is Headquartered in Auburn Hills, MI.
GM originally manufactured in Flint, Mi and only has offices in Detroit.
In 1958, the Packard factory was shuttered.
1958 was the last year that Detroit had a Republican Mayor.
Democrat Mayors have “led” Detroit for 60 years…
#SAD!

Anonymous

Yeah, but they have a Peoplemover that opened in 1980…the same time as Miami’s Metromover.

Anonymous

Detroit is growing a faster pace than Miami

Anonymous

Yeah. God forbid Socialism.
Free market Capitalism is one of the greatest inventions of modern mankind.

To force anyone against their will to buy something that they dont want is wrong. To force ME to labor ro buy YOU transportation is fundamentally wrong.

In the words of the Democrat philosopher king, “I ain’t your b*****, *****! Buy your own damn fries!!”

Anonymous

So if someone doesn’t want to buy health insurance and ends in the Jackson Memorial emergency room, is it fair for the tax payers to pay his/or her bill?

Anonymous

If someone goes to restaurant and walks out on their tab…is it fair for the taxpayers to pay for his/her bill?
No.
Not “fair”

Anonymous

No, Democrats are in it for themselves as career politicians with a history of not getting anything done because incompetence, corruption, and ulterior motives.

Anonymous

Oh, so it was because of the Democrats that the Republican controlled congress was known as the “do nothing congress” during Obama’s eight years in office?

Anonymous

Obama vetoed everything, just like Trump will with everything which doesn’t need Senate approval.

Anonymous

Young people vote to put their kids in debt.

Anonymous

i think the local universities are so parochial that they are arguing over democrat/republican and losing out to better universities that educate students to see beyond that and teach them world class computing/tech skills. miami still feels like a small town and need to up its offerings to attract world class employers

Paul

Your traffic light complaint doesn’t make any sense. There are very few places in the world that have smart traffic lights. Some cities have one or two arteries that are synced and almost none have truly smart traffic lights. Miami is actually a world leader in this regard as it has the most ambitious plans in the US. Miami’s intersections are also very modern compared to other cities as it has large signal heads and illuminated street signs. And Miami is changing faster than almost any city in North America. I can’t see how any informed person can see it as “stuck.”

Anonymous

I drove from Brickell Bridge to McArthur Causway on Biscayne Blvd this morning.
In order to be efficient, you have floor it out of the gates at the Intercontinental and get up to 60mph fast….you will clear all the lights until NE 9th Street.
Take it easy there…because when 9th street turns green, you have to deal with an 11th street red light.

Anonymous

To the people saying that voting democrat would send businesses away, I’d like to point out that we just lost Amazon to one of the most democratic cities in the country: NYC

Vote democrat! Send the republicans out of office and let’s make Miami the amazing city it’s meant to be!?

Anonymous

It has nothing to do politics for NYC, rather the fact it’s the financial capital of the world and population center. Maybe it does for D.C. but not between Democrats and Republicans. Still, what Democrat has promised sunshine and lollipops and actually delivered and not make things worse?

Anonymous

I guess that’s why you saw a lot of Republicans telling Trump “hands off my affordable care insurance?” Yeah, Democrats made these Republican lives so miserable.

Anonymous

Nobody says that.

Anonymous

Ha, funny how that outcome turned out lmaoooo

AndrewN

What’s your source that very few places have smart trfffic signals?

Anonymous

Where’s the light rail promised to voters in 2002?

No vision

Yup. True. Mostly horrible elected officials.

Anonymous

looks like FIU and UM need to up their game and provide world class tech education

Anonymous

Sounds like a bunch of hot air.

Anonymous

Once one comes the others will follow. And who knows, Amazon might come to Miami with a LatAm HQ at some point. Regardless though, Miami is becoming greater by the minute! Soon will be the new NYC

Anonymous

Nah, Brazil will get the Amazon (no pun intended) LatAm HQ when Bolsonaro makes it legal to kill communist scum.

Anonymous

Jorge Mas’ “tech park” can’t compete with this.

Anonymous

Miami nearly ran out beckham if it wasnt for the peoples voice and vote and now missed Amazon… if any one in office cant do miami right then they arent right for miami. Vote for change! Baylink shouldve been priority #1 on this new transit program yet the 2 cities still waiting to finish plans. 10 more years of studies and cash. Fix Miami

Anonymous

Give it a rest

Anonymous

In 8 years governor invested zero dollars in mass transportation in South Florida, What makes you think Scott 2.0 will?

Anonymous

Yep, on record on this issue as well!

https://youtu.be/TuuXzyjh_Vo

Anonymous

The county commissioners didn’t seriously propose anything and just showed a map of potential rail lines. So the county is dragging their feet.

Anonymous

Miami mass transit doesnt need money. It needs effective leadership, and ridership.

Anonymous

First, it needs real density around the stations/stops.

Anonymous

Democrats fail at both leadership and ridership, because either they’re limousine liberals or welfare dregs on society driving 1994 Camrys.

Anonymous

Gee, I feel so bad for you because you were unemployed during Obama’s entire eight years in office.

Anonymous

Lowest employment in fifty years under Trump, and it has nothing to do with Obama’s garbage “legacy.”

Anonymous

Gee, maybe they weren’t looking for work, since millions of others found good jobs in an economy that in 2009 were at 9% unemployment rate, and grew steadily to 3%. Incidentally, two weeks after inauguration your golden boy took credit for the job growth that President Obama had achieved.

Anonymous

Conold Trump can tell his supporters that his fart smells like potpourri and they’ll believe it.

Anonymous

Unemployment numbers are feelgood statistics. The real number was over fifteen percent in Obama’s first two years, and maybe people weren’t looking for jobs with the futility at the time.

Anonymous

But is he going to build anything on there soon ? The land is cleared and flat and seems ready to go from a TNM post a while back… Or is he waiting for enough of those NASDAQ companies to sign a lease ?

Anonymous

that’s what is sounds like.. he’s waiting for some commitments probably required for building loans.

Anonymous

You’d prefer Mana ?

Anonymous

It’s merely conceptual, except the tower on the left. The Miami Innovation District is about individually attracting developers to build towers if office demand for tenants, in this case big tech, exists.

No billboards

Hopefully, the promoters will forget about their illegal scheme to build a 60 story LED billboard tower. That was hideous.

Crass Miami

Billboards are visual pollution.

Anonymous

Miami is like the Dubai of the US

Anonymous

pffff… no even close.

Anonymous

Give it time. It’s getting there

Anonymous

A lalaland plastic shithole ruled by despots?