New World Center

Back in the mid-1980s, Alvah H. Chapman, then-publisher of the Miami Herald and an iconic local leader and Greater Miami Chamber Board Chair, understood that with the expansion of Latin America as a global market and Asia beginning to show signs of becoming an economic powerhouse, Miami was geographically well placed to be the new center of the world. Alvah established the New World Center Committee and put much of that vision in place that shaped our urban core and led to the downtown we enjoy today.  Now, 40 years later New World Center Committee works to address the big-picture issues that impact and shape the urban core of today and the next 40 years.


Today’s New World Center Committee members still focus on projects with catalytic influence on downtown projects in the public and private sectors, focusing on issues that include the challenges of affordability, workforce housing, homeless, traffic, sea level rise and more.



  • Guide the future growth of Downtown Miami for the next 40 years to not lose the gains made working with both public and private sectors and other partners active in this area, such as the DDA 
  • Celebrate Miami’s central business core’s growth and development and overall improvement of key areas within of Downtown Miami
  • Promote and support up-and-coming urban nodes within the county that will provide best quality of life for residents and attract major business with a focus on new economy/tech sector businesses


The New World Center Committee is led by a Committee Chair and Vice Chair, who are elected by the Board of Directors for a one-year term.  The Committee Chair is responsible for the effective functioning of the Committee and ensuring its goals and activities are aligned with the committee’s mission and objectives.   


Javier Betancourt


Javier Betancourt
Executive Director
Miami-Dade County Citizens Independent Transportation Trust (CITT)

Austin Hollo

Vice Chair

Austin Hollo
Florida East Coast Realty, LLC

Staff Contact

Kristina Desir

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