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RCA MIAMI and WorldCity Present “Panama Canal Expansion: A South Florida Economic & Real Estate Opportunity” on February 18

The Realtors® Commercial Alliance of MIAMI (RCA MIAMI) has elected Betty B. Gonzalez, CCIM, The Keyes Company, its 2011 President.
The Realtors® Commercial Alliance of MIAMI (RCA MIAMI) has elected Betty B. Gonzalez, CCIM, The Keyes Company, its 2011 President.

The Realtors Commercial Alliance of MIAMI (RCA MIAMI) in partnership with WorldCity will host Panama Canal Expansion: A South Florida Economic & Real Estate Opportunity on Friday, February 18, at the Biltmore Hotel – 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33134 – from 8:30 AM until 12 noon. Presenters will discuss the unique advantages Miami’s port has compared to others around the country, guaranteeing the local area captures the new business generated by the expansion.

“RCA MIAMI understands the unprecedented impact the Panama Canal expansion will have not only on real estate but on the whole South Florida economy, said RCA MIAMI President Betty B. Gonzalez, CCIM. “We look forward to hearing from a variety of experts with diverse perspectives, representing the Panama Canal Authority, the real estate and logistics industries, the Port of Miami, and Miami-Dade County’s chief economist.”

Rodolfo Sabonge, vice-president, Office of Market Research and Analysis, Panama Canal Authority, will headline the event and highlight the continuing progress of the canal’s expansion and its impact on the Port of Miami, its strategic business partner and closest U.S. port. Featured speakers include John Carver, executive vice president Port, Airport & Global Infrastructure, Jones Lang LaSalle; Bill Johnson, director, Miami Port Authority; Robert Cruz, chief economist, Miami-Dade County; and Ken Roberts CEO, WorldCity.

Attendees will also learn how the Port of Miami is preparing for the increased cargo and flow of goods that will result from the canal expansion.

Cost to attend is $40 for MIAMI members and $65 for non-members. On-site registration cost is $75. Registration will open at 8:00 AM. Cost includes continental breakfast. To register, go to For more information, E-mail Paul Cauchi at

About MIAMI Association of REALTORS
The MIAMI Association of REALTORS was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating its 90th year of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of four organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward County Board of Governors, and the International Council, it represents more than 25,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local association in the National Association of Realtors, and has partnerships with more than 60 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is

MIAMI REALTORS Commercial seeks to serve commercial members and to shape and unify the commercial real estate brokerage and service industry in South Florida. With over 1,500 members, it is the only association of REALTORS dedicated exclusively to commercial real estate interest throughout Miami-Dade County. The Alliance provides member services, including a legislative voice, education opportunities, a code of ethics, and networking opportunities that provide enhancement of commercial REALTORS knowledge base and ability to service their clients. The Alliance conducts the Annual Commercial Real Estate Expo, the largest commercial expo in South Florida.


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