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Profiles in Government: A Closer Look at Miami-Dade County

With a population of 2.7 million, the county has a total budget of $11.8 billion and an estimated IT budget of $278 million.

an aerial shot of Miami-Dade County, Fla.
Miami-Dade County, Fla.
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Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in the state, has outlined various IT projects in its FY2023-2024 adopted budget and multiyear capital plan.

The county, created in 1836, originally stretched from Indian Key to Jupiter Inlet and was home to 1,000 residents by the late 1890s. As the county’s population grew, so did opportunities to expand transportation with the addition of Henry Flagler’s railroad in 1896, along with construction and real estate, resulting in new subdivisions and tourist resorts in the 1920s.

As a result of the county’s continuous growth, its population has grown to 2.7 million residents, making it the most populous division in the state. Below is more information about the county, including what tech projects are being worked on, who leads its innovation and technology department and how many staff members the county employs.


Budget: Estimated at $11.8 billion overall, with a $278 million IT budget, according to county budget documents.

Leadership: Margaret Brisbane is the county’s IT department director.

Staff: There are more than 30,000 employees, according to county documents.

How to Buy: The county’s Department of Strategic Procurement is responsible for acquiring and providing all goods and services. All vendors must register online to do business with the county and can view purchasing threshold requirements here. Once registered, vendors can view solicitations and contracts on the county’s procurement page.


According to its FY2023-2024 Adopted Budget and Multi-Year Capital Plan, the county plans to work on the following IT projects in the coming year:

  • Transferring its current enterprise asset management system to the cloud
  • Replacing the county’s current mainframe-based parking violation system with a more modern solution through its parking verification system modernization program
  • Deploying virtual desktops and thin clients, network edge switches and voice over Internet protocol countywide as part of several departmental infrastructure replacement projects to address required network improvements
  • Implementing a modern, comprehensive, integrated court case management application to support the life cycle of a criminal case from arrest to case disposition
  • Deploying a security program that continuously adapts to evolving threats and new opportunities while reducing risk to Miami-Dade County information assets

More information about the county’s tech plans can be found online.
Katya Diaz is an Orlando-based e.Republic staff writer. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in global strategic communications from Florida International University.