Advocating for equity and opportunity for people in marginalized and underserved communities.
Congresswoman Meek believed that residents need good jobs, strong small businesses and solid infrastructure to thrive into the future. Thoughtful and diverse economic development gives a community the backbone to support higher incomes, entrepreneurship and access to growing careers, affordable homes and a better quality of life.
Through an exceptional public-private partnership with Miami-Dade County, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, and developers Foundry Commercial and Clarion Partners, the Foundation entered a long-term lease to create the Carrie Meek International Business Park (CMIBP).
The park sits on 122 acres of County land next to the Opa-locka Executive Airport. Anchored by an Amazon.com, Inc. fulfillment center, Miami Warehourse Logistics and the Foundation offices, is the first partnership of its kind in South Florida, as it not only creates more than 2,000 jobs in the area through the development itself, but also prepares and assists area residents to take advantage of the new jobs through training provided by The Carrie Meek Foundation.
As part of its workforce development efforts in support of the CMIBP, the Foundation joined with the Miami Dade College North Campus to host job readiness training programs. The Foundation’s workforce program prepares individuals for work through pre-employment skills, industry specific training, and providing an opportunity to receive training for which industry-recognized national certification is available. The Foundation has contracted with Miami Dade College to provide this job readiness training to empower the participants for success, promote job retention and foster career development.