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  • Airport passengers can use Google Maps to quickly locate terminals, parking garages, gates, concessions, restrooms and other passenger conveniences.
  • Port Everglades won a national Award of Excellence from the American Association of Port Authorities for its communications plan to increase awareness of the Port’s expansion projects.
  • Broward County’s Convention Center’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification gave meeting planners a strong incentive to bring their business to Broward County.

A primary goal for Broward County in 2012 was to solidify local governments' commitment to a comprehensive strategy for small business development. The Business Opportunity Act of 2012 includes initiatives that promote small business growth, development and inclusion in County procurement.

Office of Economic and Small Business Development

A new outreach section was formed to encourage collaboration with the local business community. Numerous seminars, workshops and other educational opportunities were offered. A series of training classes on developing export/import business drew 64 participants from 34 companies.

The Airport Minority Advisory Council, in partnership with Broward County Aviation Department and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, conducted a forum that established powerful business connections between local small, minority and women-owned businesses and key decision makers on airport capital improvement and infrastructure projects, including prime contractors and consultants, project managers, procurement officers and others.

The review process for small businesses seeking certification for small business programs was enhanced.

County staff is working closely with its economic development community partners to ensure the success of the County’s economic development ventures and to establish Broward County as a Six Pillars community, a statewide framework to effectively plan for economic growth.

The Broward Economic Development Partnership, which Broward County is part of along with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and municipalities, coordinated efforts that resulted in the creation of 1,715 new jobs generating new wages of at least $83.5 million, assisted in retaining 1,755 jobs, and obtained $90.1 million in direct capital investment, generating an economic impact of $225.4 million.

On the global front, Broward County participated in several international trade missions. An outbound mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil, resulted in $650,000 in sales contracts. One company relocated to Broward County and more than 125 qualified contacts were made with Brazilian and Broward businesses.

Broward County hosted the Colombian Mayors’ Business Delegation, an inbound trade mission of 13 mayors, ministry secretaries of economic development, culture and tourism and agriculture, and business leaders from Florida’s second largest trading partner. The mission identified trade opportunities for the delegation and Broward County businesses.

Broward County’s economy is powered by three robust and fiscally healthy economic engines: one of the fastest growing airports in the nation; a world-class seaport with a thriving cruise and cargo industry; and tourism, fueled by Greater Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as one of the most desirable destinations in the world. 



County Commission Goal: Unlimited Economic Opportunities