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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 275

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Cities and regions call for support for coal regions in transition

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 luglio 2019

The needs of Europe’s coal regions in the context of the EU’s energy transition were at the top of the agenda of the European Committee of the Regions’ (CoR) commission for economic policy (ECON) on 9 July in Brussels. In an opinion drawn up by Mark Speich, Secretary of State for Federal, European and International Affairs from North Rhine Westphalia, ECON members called for adjusted state aid rules and additional funding for affected regions in the framework of cohesion policy 2021-2027.In 2018, the European Commission presented its strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050. In order to achieve this goal, the EU must to a large extend abandon fossil fuels and power generation from coal, in particular, must be significantly reduced. Coal is still mined in 41 NUTS-2 regions in 12 Member States, where it plays a profound role in the local economies.
Mark Speich (DE/EPP), Secretary of State for Federal, European and International Affairs from North Rhine Westphalia and rapporteur of the CoR opinion ‘socioeconomic transformation of coal regions in Europe’, said: “185,000 people are still employed in coal mines across Europe, and a further 52,000 work in coal-fired power plants. The coal industry is also indirectly linked to various economic sectors, such as production of inputs, equipment, services and consumer goods connected to a further 215,000 jobs. Transforming the economy and building up new industries will take time. Therefore, we need to make sure the affected workers and communities have the support, trainings and financial aid they need to rebuild their local economies. We need to give them a new prospect so that they know they will not be left behind.”In this context, the members of the ECON commission welcome the European Parliament’s call for a Fair Energy Transition Fund in the next EU long-term budget (Multiannual Financial Framework). However, they stressed that additional funding in the framework of cohesion policy 2021-2027 would be better placed to serve coal regions and their need for tailor-made support than a centralised fund. This is particularly relevant as these regions differ widely in terms of geographical location, economic development level and future demographic trajectory.Jerzy Buzek (PL/EPP), Chair of the European Parliament’s committee on industry, research and energy, said: “I am glad that the CoR is another EU body supporting the establishment of the Just Energy Transition Fund for coal regions proposed by me in the EP ITRE Committee and supported with MEPs vast majority. Even if the synergies with cohesion funds will be important, the European Parliament expects additional financing and a separate budget line for the Fund in the new MFF. This will be crucial not only as a strong signal to the citizens of the coal regions, who must not be left behind; but also it is an important message that in the EU we are serious about the Paris agreement, our energy transition and ambitious climate goals”.ECON members also emphasised the added European value in supporting coal regions in this transition phase and recommended giving coal regions sufficient flexibility in applying EU state aid rules to enable them to phase out coal in a socially and economically viable way.

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Cities and regions support qualified majority voting on tax matters

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 giugno 2019

The European Committee of the Regions – the EU’s assembly of local and regional authorities – adopted an opinion supporting the shift of tax decision-making in the EU from unanimity to qualified majority voting during its plenary session on 26 June in Brussels. The opinion prepared by the French mayor Christophe Rouillon highlights the need for joint efforts in tax matters to tackle the challenges of tax fraud and cross-border trade but also climate change as their impact is felt locally.Globalisation, digitalisation and changes in the service industry have led to a rapid transformation in the economy, with businesses, capital and services moving freely within the European single market. In order to ensure fair taxation throughout Europe, Member States need to update their tax rules in a coordinated way. However, taxation at EU level is the last policy exclusively subject to voting by unanimity. This reduces joint policies to the lowest common denominator, making progress too slow and unambitious to face current challenges.Christophe Rouillon (FR/PES), mayor of Coulaines and rapporteur on the CoR opinion “Towards a more efficient and democratic decision making in EU tax policy”, supports the European Commission’s proposal to shift tax decision-making from unanimity to qualified majority voting: “Taxation should not become the weakest link of European integration. Unanimity voting in tax matters has made any substantial reform impossible, despite the latest technological developments, market changes and a more mobile tax base. Member States should understand that a joint European approach allows for more tax revenues and more fiscal fairness than all of the national tax sovereignties combined and the loopholes that this system encompasses. And there is very substantial support in the opinion for a more ambitious EU tax policy. The CoR would, however, like environmental taxation and in particular taxation in the aviation sector to be included among the priority issues moving forward which could offer great potential for possible EU own resources”.
Every year public budgets in the EU loose between EUR 50 and 70 billion due to tax avoidance strategies or between EUR 160 and 190 billion if the estimated loss from individual tax arrangements of the big multinationals is included. Stronger coordination in tax issues would not only help to step up the fight against financial crimes, aggressive tax planning and unfair tax competition, it would also reduce administrative costs for companies working across borders, potentially saving firms EUR 15 billion per year.”Joint efforts at European and national level are necessary to ensure fair tax competition, reduce the administrative burden for companies working across borders as well as safeguarding public budgets from losses due to tax evasion. Only tax revenues which are fully and effectively collected will allow us, as local and regional authorities, to provide our citizens with quality public services, from education to health, affordable housing and public transport”, highlights Mr Rouillon.The Committee’s members endorse the suggested step-wise implementation of the new voting systems starting with initiatives which do not have a direct impact on Member States’ taxation rights, bases or rates, but which are necessary for improving administrative cooperation and mutual assistance in the fight against fraud and tax avoidance. The Committee also wants the first stage to cover initiatives intended to help EU companies comply with tax obligations which, especially for SMEs, is a major challenge when working across borders.

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Presentazione del Roma Cities Changing Diabetes Report

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 maggio 2019

Roma 21 Maggio ore 10.30 – 13.00 Palazzo del Campidoglio Sala della piccola Protomoteca. Attualmente si stima che nell’area metropolitana di Roma vivano quasi 300.000 persone con diabete, ovvero tre quarti dei residenti con diabete del Lazio. Per studiare il legame fra il diabete e le città e promuovere iniziative per salvaguardare la salute e prevenire la malattia, nel 2017, la capitale è entrata a far parte del programma internazionale Cities Changing Diabetes, l’iniziativa realizzata in partnership tra University College London (UCL) e il danese Steno Diabetes Center, con il contributo dell’azienda farmaceutica Novo Nordisk.Ad oggi nel progetto sono stati coinvolti 140 esperti, che hanno permesso un’ampia raccolta di dati presentati nel “Roma Cities Changing Diabetes Report”, primo importante passo per la realizzazione di un Action Plan triennale, che possa indicare le azioni da mettere in atto per arrestare lo sviluppo pandemico del diabete tipo 2 nell’area metropolitana di Roma.

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Dublin enters the top ten most liveable cities for Europeans

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 febbraio 2019

Dublin has re-entered the top ten most liveable cities, becoming one of the most attractive cities in Europe for European expats. Cities around the world are evaluated annually by ECA International (ECA) on a variety of liveability factors including availability of health services; housing and utilities; isolation; access to a social network and leisure facilities; infrastructure; climate; personal safety; political tensions and air quality.
ECA’s annual Location Ratings survey has followed Dublin’s steady rise in recent years as liveability in Ireland’s capital started to become one of the most desirable in Europe, and indeed, the world. This year Dublin re-entered the top ten in joint ninth place with Gothenburg and Luxembourg, offering the most superior living conditions for European expats. Dublin also came in at 23rd place for Asians expats, beating many Asian locations including Hong Kong, which is 41st.“Dublin has seen a return to the top ten after dropping out in 2017 due to a shortage of suitable housing for expatriates in the city. However, our research reveals a general opinion from the expat community that they feel safer in Dublin after dark, which has improved the city’s personal security score this year,” said Neil Ashman, Senior Location Ratings Analyst at ECA International, global mobility experts.“Dublin has a strong international expat community, which is why it also scores well for Asian expats versus cities such as Hong Kong that suffered disruption and considerable damage caused by Typhoon Mangkhut in September,” explained Ashman.ECA’s Location Ratings system objectively evaluates a host of factors to form an assessment of the overall quality of living in over 480 locations worldwide. The system helps companies establish appropriate allowances to compensate employees for the adjustment required when going on international assignment. The impact of some of the factors assessed will vary according to the home location of the assignee.Northern European cities continue to dominate the top of the rankings. Alongside Dublin, cities in northern European and Scandinavian nations once again dominate the top of the liveability rankings. Copenhagen in Denmark and Bern in Switzerland offer the best liveability standards for European expats, scoring at the top of ECA’s ranking for over seven years. Alongside Dublin, cities in northern European and Scandinavian nations once again dominate the top ten most liveable locations for European expats. The Netherlands and Switzerland each have three cities within the top ten.

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Congresso Cities on Volcanoes

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 settembre 2018

Napoli. lunedì 3 settembre alle 10.30, presso la Mostra d’Oltremare (Sala Capri) di Napoli in Viale J.F. Kennedy 54, sarà presentato il programma del decimo Congresso Cities on Volcanoes (COV 10) che si terrà nel capoluogo campano fino al 7 settembre 2018.Dopo 20 anni dalla prima edizione, vulcanologi di tutto il mondo tornano a Napoli per promuovere e rafforzare il collegamento tra la comunità scientifica vulcanologica e chi si occupa della pianificazione territoriale e della gestione delle emergenze, al fine di costruire un luogo di confronto e integrazione di esperienze tra le “città sui vulcani”. All’apertura del congresso interverranno, tra gli altri, il Presidente dell’Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) Carlo Doglioni, il Sindaco di Napoli Luigi De Magistris, il Sindaco di Pozzuoli Vincenzo Figliolia, il Sindaco di Ercolano Ciro Buonajuto, il Presidente della Regione Campania Vincenzo De Luca e il Capo Dipartimento della Protezione Civile Angelo Borrelli.

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Roma presenta la prima Strategia di Resilienza in Italia con 100 Resilient Cities – Rockefeller Foundation

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 giugno 2018

L’Amministrazione Capitolina ha presentato oggi la Strategia di Resilienza di Roma, prima città in Italia a dotarsi di tale strategia. Si tratta di un ambizioso piano sviluppato in collaborazione con 100 Resilient Cities – un progetto ideato dalla Rockefeller Foundation.Con il lancio di questa strategia, Roma si unisce ad altre metropoli come New York, Parigi e Città del Messico nel fare fronte alle sfide sociali, economiche e fisiche, caratteristiche del 21esimo secolo. Questo piano mette al centro il benessere dei cittadini e, allo stesso tempo, prepara al meglio la città ad affrontare diversi problemi, come ad esempio il cambiamento climatico, l’immigrazione, l’invecchiamento della popolazione, l’inquinamento, il trasporto pubblico, lo smaltimento dei rifiuti e l’aumento della povertà.La Strategia di Resilienza consentirà a Roma di attuare soluzioni integrate per affrontare le sfide attuali e future e si basa su quattro pilastri fondamentali e 58 misure concrete. Tra le diverse attività, è inclusa l’istituzione dell’Ufficio di Resilienza permanente all’interno di Roma Capitale.Per sviluppare questa strategia, Roma Capitale è stata supportata da 100 Resilient Cities (100 RC), un progetto della Rockfeller Foundation. Roma è stata scelta nel 2013 per fare parte del network 100RC tra oltre 1.000 città candidate in tutto il mondo.Sono stati coinvolti oltre 2.000 attori, provenienti da ogni parte della città, in workshop, eventi pubblici, focus group e questionari, affinché esprimessero il loro punto di vista su Roma: in questo modo sono state identificate sei aree prioritarie per la definizione della strategia.Per la Sindaca Virginia Raggi si tratta di un progetto che pone la città di Roma al centro di una strategia globale che la porterà ad affrontare le sfide di oggi all’interno di una rete complessiva. In tal senso l’Amministrazione ha deciso di proseguire questo progetto con determinazione e con un nuovo slancio. Per questo, la Sindaca Raggi ha ringraziato 100 RC e tutti coloro che hanno permesso di raggiungere tale risultato, un serio lavoro sulla resilienza che aiuterà a migliorare la qualità della vita dei cittadini perché la città diventi più efficiente, sempre più al servizio dei cittadini, più flessibile e inclusiva e sappia valorizzare le sue risorse naturali e il suo patrimonio.Per Lina Liakou, Managing Director per Europa e Medio Oriente di 100RC, con il lancio della propria strategia di resilienza, Roma si unisce al movimento globale della resilienza. La strategia è il risultato della fruttuosa collaborazione pluriennale tra 100RC, l’Amministrazione e gli stakeholder interni e esterni alla città. Ed in tale ottica, le città devono ripensare al loro modo di pianificare il futuro, identificando proattivamente e trovando soluzioni agli shock e alle tensioni che si troveranno davanti. Con questa strategia, Roma stabilisce una serie di azioni coordinate con l’obiettivo di prepararsi al meglio per affrontare le problematiche che incontrerà negli anni a venire. Lina Liakou ha sottolineato la felicità per aver collaborato con Roma Capitale allo sviluppo di questa strategia e confermato di essere pronti a lavorare con l’Amministrazione per la sua implementazione.

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America’s Best Small Cities Unveiled

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 giugno 2018

NEW YORK/PRNewswire/ Resonance Consultancy, the leading advisors in tourism, real estate and economic development for countries, cities and communities, is pleased to reveal America’s Best Small Cities for 2018. America’s Best Small City in 2018 is Honolulu, whose domination of our six categories and 28 subcategories—from Parks and Outdoor Attractions to TripAdvisor Reviews—made it America’s best place with a population of less than one million.
Fifty winning small cities were unveiled at a June 5 reception at New York University as part of the City Nation Place Americas forum, an annual conference for destination branding, economic development and tourism marketing that’s co-produced by Resonance.(America’s Best Large Cities, the Resonance ranking of metros with populations of more than 1 million, was also unveiled and can be referenced here.)
The large and small city rankings, gathered into the America’s Best Cities Report, is one of the most comprehensive American city rankings ever attempted. It was developed to quantify and benchmark the relative quality of place, reputation and competitive identity for U.S. principal cities with metropolitan populations of 200,000 to 1 million.”For more than a decade, Resonance has created place-branding strategies, tourism and economic development plans and trend reports for city, tourism and economic development organizations,” says Resonance President and CEO Chris Fair. “We do this to empower cities with new tools and perspectives on the key factors that shape a city’s competitive identity, community well-being, and future prosperity.”Fair says his firm has come to understand that traditional indicators for economic, social and livability factors used in most rankings don’t reveal the whole story for cities and their tourism and economic development agencies. Why? Because it’s the relative vibrancy and experiential quality of cities that increasingly determine where talent, tourism and investment flow.As a result, the Resonance Consultancy Best Cities rankings analyze and compare 28 factors in six key categories: a combination of core statistics measure that traditional economic, social and livability factors, as well as user-generated ratings and reviews to benchmark the experiential qualities of each city.

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How to reduce energy use in our buildings and cities

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 aprile 2018

Roma 11 aprile 2018 ore 14,30, presso Spazio Europa – European Public Space – Via IV Novembre n149 European Council for an Energy Efficency Economy (ECEEE) e Kyoto Club vi invitano a partecipare al workshop “Roundtable on energy sufficiency: How to reduce energy use in our buildings and cities”, che si inserisce all’interno del progetto sull’energy sufficency di ECEEE, finanziato principalmente dalla Fondazione KR, con il supporto di molte agenzie europee che operano nei settori della ricerca e dell’energia.Il progetto legato all’energy sufficiency prevede diversi incontri e iniziative di ambito politico, durantele quali si offriranno ai decisori politici informazioni pratiche sul tema dell’energy sufficiency e su come queste possano essere tradotte in azioni pratiche al fine di ridurre il consumo di energia.Il workshop avrà come scopo principale quello di informare i partecipanti sui lavori già svolti e le pratiche adottate, partendo dalla nostra idea di energy sufficiency ed analizzando come le azioni di sufficienza energetica possano ridurre il consumo energetico negli edifici.
Verrà anche dato spazio alle opinioni del pubblico riguardanti il ruolo dell’efficienza energetica e delle azioni di energy sufficiency nel miglioramento della pianificazione di futuri edifici e città.Le discussioni del seminario saranno poi raccolte in un rapporto pubblico. Ai partecipanti verrà inviato un briefing a tempo debito che approfondisca il progetto e introduca quella che è stata la nostra attività fino ad ora.
Parteciperanno: Gianni Silvestrini, Direttore Scientifico Kyoto Club – Joanne Wade, CEO Association for the Conservation of Energy – Gianni Girotto, Senatore Movimento 5 Stelle – Stefan Thomas – Wuppertal Institute for Climate Environment and Energy – Lorenzo Pagliano – Politecnico di Milano. Il workshop sarà tenuto interamente in lingua inglese.

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Ujet Shakes Up How We Will Move Around our Cities as it Launches New Generation Electric Scooter

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 gennaio 2018

Ujet ScooterToday, Ujet unveiled its first product, the Ujet electric scooter, which is set to redefine urban mobility – putting ease, joy and practicality back into getting around. Designed from the ground up, the stylish scooter combines smart connectivity and high performance materials typically found in the aerospace sector with clean technology and refined design – making it the most advanced in its class.
Through its flagship scooter, the technology company is pioneering an innovative way for individuals to move around their cities, while addressing today’s urban mobility issues of traffic congestion and pollution. It is the first of the leading-edge and luxurious products built to improve mobility, convenience, and sustainability, that Ujet hopes to bring in the future.City populations around the world are growing exponentially as new residents relocate to be a part of the urban experience – in 2016, an estimated 55 percent of the world’s population lived in urban settlements – a figure which is set to hit 60 percent by 2030.[1]. With this rapid growth, city residents are facing challenges that reduce their comfort of life. More traffic not only increases the difficulty of navigating through city streets, but also rapidly increases greenhouse gas emissions, air and noise pollution. Existing urban mobility solutions can’t keep up with the growth of our cities, and are not addressing increased congestion and pollution.“With more of us than ever living in cities, it’s never been more important to make urban environments a place in which people enjoy to live,” said Hugues Despres, CEO, Ujet International. “As a result, Ujet is focused on providing urbanites with great products that help them get around their city with style and ease. Our electric scooter is a perfect example of that with complete connectivity, advanced materials and unparalleled design that pays attention to every single detail. Its compact size occupies much less space for driving and parking, and represents a fast mode of transportation, and the portable battery eliminates the need for charging stations, giving urbanites the freedom to navigate their urban environments efficiently and effortlessly. And, with sustainability at the heart of our brand, Ujet has an important role to play in creating a better future. Our electric scooter is the first of many future products that will bring the Ujet philosophy to life.” Key features of the Ujet electric scooter include: All elements of the Ujet electric scooter were built to be friendly to the user and environment alike. It offers a high performance smart battery available in two sizes with an estimated range up to 70 km (approximately 43 mi) or 150 km (approximately 93 mi), and can be charged from any regular power socket. About the size of a cabin-size suitcase, the battery is removable, portable, and rollable, allowing for easy and convenient transport. (photo: Ujet Scooter)

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Concorso: 7 BAGS for 7 CITIES

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 aprile 2016

versace borsaVersace lancia il concorso 7 Bags for 7 Cities e invita tutti a partecipare alla personalizzazione di sette Palazzo Empire in edizione limitata, che renderanno omaggio a sette selezionate città del mondo. Con questo concorso la Maison mette al centro di tutto il consumatore, rendendolo parte attiva del processo creativo. Chiunque si trovi in una delle sette destinazioni, è invitato a fotografare qualcosa di unico e speciale e caricare la foto su palazzoempire.versace.com.
Versace selezionerà un’immagine iconica per ogni città. Le foto verranno utilizzate per personalizzare una nuova borsa Palazzo Empire, che celebrerà così ogni metropoli. Dieci pezzi di ogni design saranno disponibili nelle boutique Versace di ognuna delle sette città. I vincitori, a Settembre, saranno invitati alla sfilata Versace Donna Primavera Estate 2017 a Milano. Il concorso terminerà il 16 Maggio. (foto: versace borsa)

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“Dark Cities: Paris”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 settembre 2015

ParigiParigi1Milano dal 23 al 25 ottobre presso il Superstudio Più di Via Tortona 27, Photoshow Milano 2015, la più importante rassegna in Italia dedicata al mondo del Foto & Digital Imaging e promossa da AIF – Associazione Italiana Foto & Digital Imaging, presenta “Dark Cities: Paris” di Daniele Cametti Aspri. I percorsi del Photoshow si articoleranno attraverso le quattro eccellenze per cui l’Italia è ammirata e apprezzata nel mondo: Fashion, Food, Design e Art & Landscape. Daniele Cametti Aspri ed il suo “Dark Cities” saranno i rappresentanti dell’area tematica Art & Landscape che vede protagonista la città di Parigi. Daniele Cametti Aspri propone una città notturna in un allestimento che ricrea digitalmente le condizioni di luce in cui ha scattato il fotografo per le strade di Parigi, restituendo allo spettatore le sensazioni vissute nel suo percorso emozionale attraverso l’oscurità della romantica capitale francese. (foto: Parigi)

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Miami’s Low Commercial Vacancy Rates Spurring Investment

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 giugno 2015

miamiMIAMI — Miami’s commercial vacancy rates continue to rank among the lowest in Florida, leading to more local investment from global companies and leaders who want to live, work, and play in a world-class city with world-class amenities, according to the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI).Miami’s vacancy rates for office (14.9 percent), industrial (5.3 percent), retail (6.3 percent), and multifamily (4.4 percent) are the lowest among major cities in Florida, according to a May 2015 Commercial Outlook report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and Reis, Inc., a leading provider of commercial real estate market information. Each of Miami’s commercial sectors are performing better than the U.S. average, except for multifamily which is 0.1 percent lower. The national vacancy rates in May were 15.6 percent for office, 8.4 percent for industrial, 9.6 percent for retail and 4.3 percent for multifamily, according to NAR and Reis.
Miami’s 14.9 percent office vacancy rate in May ranks as the 21st lowest out of 82 major U.S. cities, according to the NAR and Reis report. New York leads the nation at 8.9 percent. Statewide, Miami’s office vacancy rate is performing better than Florida’s major cities. The Sunshine State’s other major metropolitans had the following rates: Fort Lauderdale (18.6 percent), Jacksonville (20.4 percent), Orlando (16.5), Palm Beach (16.5) and Tampa (19.7). The national average is 15.6.
South Florida’s growing, multilingual workforce is one reason for its low office vacancy rate. Miami-Dade County added 33,700 jobs across several sectors from April 2014 to April 2015, a 3.1 percent increase, according to job numbers released May 22. Miami had the third-largest job gain in Florida behind Orlando and Tampa. Miami’s unemployment rate from April 2014 to April 2015 decreased by 0.7 percentage points, to 6.2 percent from 6.9 percent.Miami’s industrial vacancy rate of 5.3 percent is the third-lowest in the nation among the 82 major American cities studied by NAR and Reis. Only Orange County (Calif.) and Los Angeles performed better than Miami in the industrial sector in May, registering vacancy rates of 3.4 and 3.6 percent, respectively. Florida’s other major metropolitans had the following rates: Fort Lauderdale (8.2), Jacksonville (6.9), Orlando (10.3), Tampa/St. Petersburg (7.8), and Palm Beach (5.5). The national average is 8.4.
Miami International Airport and PortMiami are two of South Florida’s international trade successes. Miami International ranks as the top airport in the U.S. for international freight, and the ninth-best airport for foreign cargo in the world. In 2013, Miami International handled 2.1 million tons of total airfreight, of which 88 percent was international freight.PortMiami is the top-ranked container cargo port in Florida with 900,000 TEUs handled each year. The port has an opportunity to expand its international business as it is deepening its channel from its current 42-foot depth to 50-52. When the deep dredge project is completed, PortMiami will be the only U.S. port south of Norfolk, Va. that can accommodate the new, mega cargo vessels that will pass through the expanded Panama Canal.
Miami has the 15th lowest retail vacancy rate among U.S. major cities, according to the NAR and Reis report. Miami’s 6.3 percent rate is considerably lower than Florida’s other large metropolitans. Fort Lauderdale (9.3 percent), Jacksonville (12.9), Orlando (11.0), Palm Beach (9.5) and Tampa (10.6) are higher than Miami. The national average is 9.6.

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