Mayor Francis Suarez has been taking huge initiatives to promote Bitcoin (BTC) and crypto innovation in the city. In the latest development, Suarez has been successful in convincing organizers of the Bitcoin 2021 conference to move it from Los Angeles to Miami.
The world’s largest in-person Bitcoin (BTC) conference is scheduled to be held between June 3-5 at the city’s popular MANA Wynwood convention center. Entrepreneur Moshi Mana, who owns this convention center said:
“Our vision for Miami to become a global tech is becoming more real each day. We’re thrilled to support an event like this, which furthers our mission and fuses all the best things Miami has to offer, from technology to international finance, entertainment and commerce”.
Top celebrities from Bitcoin and the tech world will be joining as keynote speakers at the event. This includes names like Microstrategy CEO Michael Saylor, Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, and Bitcoin evangelist and venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya.
Speaking to the local publication Miami Herald, the conference organizers said that Los Angele’s COVID restriction and a personal appeal from the Miami Mayor are the reasons behind this change in the venue. So far, 2000 tickets for the Bitcoin 2021 conference have been already sold. Organizers are now aiming for over 6000 attendees.
Making Miami the Bitcoin Hub
Over the last few months, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has been aggressively marketing to make his city a hub for Bitcoin and crypto innovation. Speaking to the NY Times, Suarez told that he is currently “refashioning” the city’s image from “fun in the sun” to a hub from innovation.
“Miami will always strive to be ahead of the curve. Expanding the financial freedom of Miamians is the first step forward towards our modern economy,” he added.
Suarez’s efforts during the pandemic times have helped to attract several tech companies to the city. “People come here and start realizing that there’s way more tech talent than they thought,” he said.
Last month, the Miami Mayor also stated that they are exploring options to invest the city’s Treasury into Bitcoin and pay salaries in BTC.