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Economic Development

PEOPLE LIKE WORKING WHERE THEY LIKE LIVING Javier A. Betancourt serves as Director of the City of Coral Gables’ Economic Development Department, which is charged with the City’s business retention, expansion, and attraction initiatives; management of the City’s real estate assets; and the pursuit of strategic investments and joint ventures that enhance the City’s economic competitiveness and quality of life. Javier previously served as Deputy Director at the Miami Downtown Development Authority, a quasi-public economic development organization charged with growing and promoting Downtown Miami. Javier currently sits on the Board of Directors of both the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute’s Public Private Partnership Council, the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program, and the American Planning Association. Javier received a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University, and AICP certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

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The Economic Development Department fosters sound economic growth and quality of life in the City of Coral Gables.  The Department's focus is on economic development, including marketing, enhancement of quality of life, creation of public/private partnerships, supporting existing businesses and bringing new businesses to the City; and negotiation and administration of certain City property agreements.


We are dedicated to positioning Coral Gables for sustainable, long-term economic vitality that enhances the quality of life of residents and strengthens the business environment.

Economic Development

The Department helps to establish, maintain, and fund exceptional economic development services that help reinforce and grow the City’s image and meet the needs of the business community. This involves promoting programs to businesses, City development initiatives and engaging in various marketing efforts.

Property Administration

The Department assists with finding, negotiating (including public/private ventures), and administrating agreements with others with regard to City Property in order to obtain value for the City.

Contact us:

Phone: 305-460-5311
Fax: 305-445-9623

City of Coral Gables
Economic Development Department
2121 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Suite 720
Coral Gables, FL 33134


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