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Greater Fort Lauderdale has a long-standing high-tech heritage, supported by strong regional organizations like the South Florida BioScience Consortium, which promotes biotechnology, and InternetCoast, which focus on communication technology. “South Florida-based alliances have been very beneficial in assisting us to get our company’s name and story to the right people,” adds Templeton. “This is essential as Florida strives to expand beyond its traditional industries of agriculture and tourism.” Area businesses are also looking outward to new opportunities in world markets. Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin says a recent Broward International Development Summit, hosted by the GFLCC, allowed county businesses to explore common goals and develop cooperative strategies. “It was an exciting event with some important outcomes, including a decision to have quarterly summits in the future.”

A coalition of Broward business organizations, including the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, will be examining the region’s trade infrastructure to determine existing gaps, and identifying successful international business assistance and promotion programs. “We will be developing a communication system, including an international business community calendar, to advise businesses of new opportunities,” says Wasserman-Rubin.

Broward’s overall manufacturing sector is flourishing, driven by military-related spending and the region’s booming construction industry, according to June Wolfe, president, South Florida Manufacturers Association. Broward manufacturers in industries as diverse as plastics, printed circuit boards, and metals help provide everything from bomb parts to guidance systems to military customers. Benefactors of increased military spending can be found in the Oakland Park and Weston communities.

Other leading Broward manufacturers include Motorola, which designs and makes cellular phones in Plantation, and Andrx, which operates biomedical facilities in Davie and Weston. “ Broward County also has a number of small and mid-size manufacturers,” says Wolfe. “These companies tend to be more responsive and innovative. That bodes well for manufacturing’s future in the county."

”With more than 300 miles of waterways, marinas and marine manufacturing and repair facilities, Greater Fort Lauderdale is a world-renowned port of call for the yachting industry and home to the world’s largest boat show. Frank Herhold, executive director, Marine Industries Association of South Florida, notes that Broward County... More>>

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