In her second Council meeting, Doral Councilwoman Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera presented three projects that were unanimously approved my Council. The then Interim City Manager was directed to instruct staff to implement or review for feasibility.
There was an overwhelming show of support from the public including Special needs attendees, Doral chamber and the business community. With the experience of being the first economic developer of Doral, Councilwoman Bettina identified several factors that were lacking in the City and proposed three items to address needed change.
1) Special Needs Advisory Board
Councilwoman Bettina explained that a Special Need Advisory Board was essential to help children and adults with disabilities. This Board will work for the continuous improvement of children under Special Needs. The mission is to improve communication, education and trust among parents of children with special needs and the City of Doral. Also, the Board will work to improve the level of understanding of children with special needs and the services they receive within the schools and the community. This Advisory Board will be ratified in the next meeting.
2) Virtual Offices Occupational License
The second important decision of the Council was to give support to Councilwoman Bettina's proposal to simplify the process were Business owners that use Business Incubators or Virtual Offices, which are business assistance programs that provide entrepreneurs with an inexpensive start-up environment and a range of administrative, consulting, and networking services can waive the DERM and Fire Dept. Reviews fees to obtain an Occupational License since the Virtual Office already is an established Office in the City. In essence these programs serve as homes for new companies, which may be managed by economic development agencies, local governments, for-profit businesses, or colleges and universities. The growth in the number of Virtual Offices across the United States has been traced to a wide variety of factors, including increased entrepreneurship, corporate downsizing, new technologies, increased involvement of educational institutions in technology transfer, and economic globalization. This proposal will simplify the process for Business new-comers and Entrepreneurs to obtain the Certificate of Use and will save money.
3) Enhance Communication on Available Services
Lastly Councilwoman Bettina proposed an increase in the access to communication services. This access is to improve Doral TV, as well as, Doral Radio. This will house programmed specials, talks, commercials, and a variety of communication based services. The Mayor and Councilmembers in this new way of communication will address topics about Doral in programmed segments. And, this will help to explore how to use TV and Radio for improvement.
Councilwoman Bettina stated "I am elated that we will be able to have an interactive government that is open to inform our citizens and future investors of all that is available to them. I thank our Mayor Luigi Boria, my colleagues and our City Manager for acknowledging these important measures."