Monday, September 12, 2011
Council of Economic Advisors sets agenda...a high-level group of 25 South Florida business leaders is setting its sights on emerging economic trends in the greater Fort Lauderdale area. Dick Clark, Clark Leadership Consulting, chairs the newly created think tank designed to provide insightful data markers while creating synergistic partnerships with organizations like the Federal Reserve Bank.
Jazz in the Hall attracts Chamber small businesses...nearly 200 entrepreneurs will attend Jazz in the Hall this Thursday, Sept. 15, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Save $10 by pre-registering for this sold out event.
New Chamber program builds community...baby boomer retirees will soon be connected to non-profit organizations thanks to the Chamber's newest initiative--Chamber Connect. The program, funded through grants from the Community Foundation of Broward, The Wasie Foundation, and FP&L, pays a stipend to boomers selected and placed at a non-profit for part-time professional work. This program is part of the Community Foundation's Re-engage For Good initiative. For more information, contact Sonia Perez, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madsen honored twice...Chamber Chair Chris Madsen, president, Mad 4 Marketing, has been named one of the most influential business women in South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal and will be honored at a luncheon this week. Madsen is also being recognized at the Style & Substance Awards for the Symphony of the Americas Society. Also honored as influential women were: Jen Klaassens, The Wasie Foundation, and Ginger Martin, American National Bank.
Heads in beds...July had the highest hotel occupancy since 2006, up 8% from 2010. Overall, year-to-date hotel occupancy is 74%, up 6% year-over-year. July 2011 saw the highest Average Daily Rate since 2008 and has been "in the black" for the five previous months. Tourist tax collections show double-digit growth over the last four months with an increase of 12% in June 2011 and 11.6% in May 2011. March and April also had dramatic increases with 15% and 25% respectively.
FLL Air passenger traffic continues growth...July 2011 marked the 23rd month of consecutive growth passenger traffic. It was also the busiest July on record. Total traffic for the month was 2,037,607, up 4% over July last year. International traffic was 339,332, up 1% over last year. July commercial operations totaled 19,305, up .5% over last July. General Aviation totaled 3,047, down 6% over July of last year. Total aircraft movements for the period were 22,352, down .5% over last year.
Cruise passenger traffic up...increased 2% during the third quarter of the fiscal year, April through June 2011, compared to the same period last year, and by 13% for the first nine months of its fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, with 3,461,886 cruise passengers embarking and debarking through the Port compared to 3,069,523 passengers last year.
Home sales show positive gains...sales of existing single-family units were up 8% in July with 1,087 sold. Condos were up 12% for the same period with 1,293 units sold. The median resale price for single-family homes was up 5% to $193,000, while for condos it was flat at $81,200.
McClosky...longtime attorney/lobbyist and Chamber member, Don McClosky, 84, died recently. He was responsible for the way much of Broward County looks today. Rest in peace, Don.
School Adminsitrator semi-finalists presented...candidates for the Broward School Administrator will be presented tomorrow evening before the public at JA World. The six semi-finalists selected by the Board include Dr. Bryan Bowles, Superintendent, Davis School District, Farmington, Utah; Dr. Debra Brathwaite, Deputy Superintendent, Richland County School District One, Columbia, South Carolina; Dr. James Browder, former Superintendent, Lee County Public Schools, Fort Myers, Florida; Robert Runcie, Chief of Staff, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, Illinois; Thomas G. Seigel, Superintendent, Bethel School District, Spanaway, Washington; and Dr. Bernard Taylor, Jr., Superintendent, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Business message to Washington...75 South Florida business leaders are traveling to Washington, DC, focused on jobs, Port Everglades expansion, foreign trade, and regulatory reform. The fuel for job growth is connected to international trade, passage of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. It also requires the following: speeding up infrastructure projects, welcoming tourist and business visitors by restoring the US share of the travel market to 2000 levels, speed up permits and provide regulatory certainty and relief, and pass tax incentives that create jobs and drive revenues. The Washington Fly-In, presented by The Wasie Foundation, will take attendees through presentations from congressional leaders and staff, and hosted receptions at Florida House and an Embassy of one of our trading partners. For more information, click here.