New World Center (Downtown Miami)

Committee was begun in 1976, at a time when signs of progress in downtown were stagnant, Alvah H. Chapman, Jr was called upon to lead this action-oriented committee. The group’s vision evolved into a plan of action and a new name was given to the task. They called their program the New World Center. The mission of the program, and now the committee, is to have a catalytic influence on downtown projects in respect of the public and private sectors.

Israel Kreps


Israel Kreps
Kreps/DeMaria Public Relations and Marketing

Humberto P. Alonso, Jr.

Vice Chair

Humberto P. Alonso, Jr.
Vice President, Business Development Director

Staff Contact


Engage government leaders and stakeholders to ensure key issues are being addressed including homelessness, affordable housing, parks and open spaces, arts and culture schools and education by working with our Legislative Affairs Liaison to foster dialogue and solutions.

  • Host roundtable with City of Miami Mayor and City of Miami District 2 commission in December or January

Schedule four committee meetings at local downtown venues that will highlight relevant development news or key downtown issues including; among, others arts and entertainment, sports, emerging districts, traffic and mobility.
Organize two educational seminars in January and May that address timely topics critical to downtown Miami.  Possible topics include: 

  • Long-term needs of Urban Core’s evolving Population: Education, Mobility, Accelerators; Sustainability, Technology and Workforce Housing 
  • Wynwood, Design District, Little Haiti as a destination for emerging and creative industries and entrepreneurship
  • Museum Park Update to also include Conservancy, Greenway and completion of and linking Baywalk and Riverwalk to provide a safe and enjoyable means of non-vehicular mobility  throughout downtown

Celebrate Miami’s central business core’s growth and development:

  • Present the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Award of Excellence for the outstanding achievements of an individual, organization and young leader who have made significant contributions and set the standard for the development of Miami’s central business core’s economy, culture, promotion, education, beautification and preservation at the November 1 Trustee Luncheon.

Additional Committee Programming

Top Investors

Baptist Health South Florida
Bank of America
CareerSource South Florida
Carnival Corporation & PLC
Florida International University
Florida Power & Light
Wells Fargo