Business & Industry
From software technology to international trade, from financial services to tourism, Greater Fort Lauderdale enjoys a robust, diversified business climate. In recent years, Broward County (metropolitan Fort Lauderdale) has substantially outpaced the national economic growth rate, while the county’s population has climbed to nearly 1.7 million.
Centrally located Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is the fastest-growing passenger hub in the nation, and was the fastest recovering airport hub since 9/11. In addition, the bustling Port Everglades is attracting new cruise ships and cargo lines. Contemporary high-rise condominium residences and hospitality properties are transforming downtown and the central beach area of Fort Lauderdale , and adding a new dimension to the region’s year-round appeal to leisure and business travelers.
“Today, Broward is the heart of the sophisticated, fast-growing South Florida region,” says Christopher N. Pollock, president/ CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce (GFLCC). “As Broward businesses expand their horizons, the Chamber will continue to serve the needs of our members, locally, regionally and globally. And in issues from state regulation and taxation to education and workforce housing, it’s important for the business community to raise our collective voice.”
Dynamic downtown Fort Lauderdale is the base of Broward’s economy, and home to Fortune 500 companies like AutoNation, as well as service companies, retailers and thousands of new residents. “Downtown Fort Lauderdale is growing at a tremendous pace as the new residences create new demand for office and retail space,” says Terry Stiles, chairman and CEO, Stiles Corp. “We are seeing a change in the retail climate to service our new residents, as well as increased office occupancies.”
To the north, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber is supporting the Cypress Creek-Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport free-trade zoned neighborhood known as Uptown. “We host a series of networking luncheons and continually seek to promote this attractive business area,” says Mike Scarpino, principal, Commercial Property Realty Advisors LLC, and chair, Uptown Business Council. Scarpino adds that Uptown’s many assets include high-quality office and industrial space, nearby housing, a walk-to-work Tri-Rail station and convenient access to I-95 and one of the busiest executive airports in the nation.