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Miami's Mayor Is Trying to Seize Its Tech Moment

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Hi, it’s Sarah McBride. In the past couple of weeks, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez says, he has hobnobbed with a large cast of venture capital luminaries who have come to town. That list includes former Google chief Eric Schmidt, Andreessen Horowitz general partner Chris Dixon, Craft Ventures' David Sacks and Palantir Chairman Peter Thiel—who recently bought an $18 million house in the city, according to reports on Tuesday. The mayor ended the week by taking part in a discussion on Clubhouse, the invitation-only audio forum favored by the technorati, making a pitch to startups that he's now delivered plenty of times before: Come to Miami.

Over the weekend, Suarez even caught the attention of Elon Musk, tweeting an invitation for Musk to visit city hall. Musk replied on Monday that tunneling under the city would "solve traffic" and added that if Suarez and governor "want this done, we will do it."