Opportunities exist for improvements
Most business owners rate Fort Lauderdale highly as a place for commerce, but there are areas for improvement that the BusinessF1rst team is eyeing.
The joint Chamber/city BusinessF1rst project reached out to nearly 1,000 companies and executives over the past seven months. Over three-quarters of respondents to a phone survey of 870 companies in Fort Lauderdale rated the city’s business image high with 72 percent stating they would recommend Fort Lauderdale as a place to do business.
Retention and expansion of existing businesses was the focus of the project as a baseline to become more competitive and attract new companies to the area. BusinessF1rst will present its report to city commissioners on Tuesday, May 4, with a clear recommendation to continue the program.
Lastly, special thanks to all who participated in our site visits on the team and to our corporate partners: Broward Health, FP&L, The Las Olas Company, Midgard Management, Patriot Risk Guarantee, PNC Bank, and WorkForce One. Chairman Ron Perkins, American Document Management, Stephen Scott, director of economic development for the city, Karen Reese, city economic development representative and Joan Goodrich, president, GSD Southeast Consulting.
Dan Lindblade, CAE