Buenos días, South Florida. A self-driving car will soon hit the road in Miami-Dade County.
1. IBM partners with MDC
Miami-Dade County will be one of three U.S. locations to pilot the rollout of Olli the self-driving car, later this year. It makes sense considering Miami’s traffic woes, since Olli seats 12 people. (Carpool, anyone?) Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is on board as the county is considering a number of autonomous vehicles to transport residents as part of its sustainable cities initiatives. Click here to read more by reporter Debora Lima, including the other two cities piloting the vehicle and some of Olli’s cool features.
2. More on historic fraud indictments
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida released the names of 75 of the 100 South Floridians indicted in the nation’s biggest health care bust Wednesday. And about 65 percent of those defendants, or 88 percent, live in Miami. Another 7 percent are Broward County residents, 4 percent live in Duval County and one person lives in Puerto Rico. Click here to read more by reporter Nina Lincoff, including the total number of people charged in the alleged fraud and the different types of alleged fraud.
3. CEO shares vision
This week’s addition to our Ultimate CEO Insights series is Modernizing Medicine’s founder/CEO Dan Cane. He is one of 15 business leaders named as a 2016 South Florida Business Journal Ultimate CEO for their achievements, vision and commitment to excellence. It’s easy to see why. The Lake Worth native and Cornell University graduate is a serial entrepreneur who sold his first venture, education portal Blackboard, in 2011 for $1.6 billion. But he’s now helping to enhance the region’s business profile with his nationally-recognized medical e-records solution company. Click here to read more by correspondent Jeff Zbar, including recent awards bestowed on Cane and his philosophy for business.
4. Hospital in bankruptcy court
Parkway West Medical Center, a long-closed hospital in Miami Gardens, landed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The company that owns the 11-story facility filed Chapter 11 reorganization on June 22, which stayed the foreclosure auction for the hospital that has been closed for nearly a decade. Click here to read more by senior reporter Brian Bandell, including the filing’s largest debt and the condition of the hospital.
5. Foundation awards $1M
The Miami Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in community grants to 70 local nonprofit organizations. Recipients include: CARE Elementary School, which provides reading, literacy, and technology to under-served communities; Legal Services of Greater Miami, which assists homeless veterans with housing; and Shake-A-Leg Miami, an adaptive watersports community serving people of all abilities. Grants ranged from $5,000 to $30,000. They were awarded June 7th at HistoryMiami during the Community Grants reception. Congrats to all of the recipients.
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