“Our support of One Community One Goal is in line with our focus on helping bring career opportunities to the communities we serve,” said Steven Restivo, Senior Director of Community Affairs at Walmart. “We are proud to add this initiative as one of the many community programs we support throughout South Florida.”
The OCOG initiative kicked off last May after two years of research and four reports were compiled detailing the industries that had the greatest opportunity not only to grow in Miami-Dade County but to provide better-skilled, higher paying jobs. The initiative has rallied leaders from business, education, and government in support of a focused plan to spark economic growth in Miami-Dade County.
“Thanks to the Walmart Foundation for their generous support of the One Community One Goal initiative,”
American Airlines Executive Art Torno and Baptist Health South Florida Executive George W. Foyo also serve as OCOG Co-Chairs.
“We are grateful to Walmart Foundation for the donation and for Walmart’s job-generating investment in our community,” said Frank R. Nero, President and CEO of The Beacon Council. “They understand how critical OCOG is to our local economy.”
Walmart currently operates 12 stores and employs more than 5,000 people in Miami-Dade County. The company currently has plans for 14 new or expanded stores across South Florida over the next two years, creating at least 2,600 new jobs in the tri-county area.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 900 million meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 200 million customers and members visit our 10,300 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of approximately $444 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/
About One Community One Goal
The purpose of the One Community One Goal (OCOG) Target Industry Strategic Plan is to create a plan of action for growing jobs and investment in Miami-Dade County. The plan will be the community’s most targeted economic development initiative yet. For more information or to read the reports, visit www.onecommunityonegoal.com.
About The Beacon Council
The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership, is a not-for-profit, public-private organization that focuses on job creation and economic growth by coordinating community-wide programs; promoting minority business and urban economic revitalization;