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Targeted Industries

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners has identified 10 sectors as its primary focus for attraction, relocation and expansion efforts. These industries were selected based on multiple factors including existing businesses, workforce availability, environmental concerns and industry trends.

Our Industry Focus

Advanced Materials and High-Tech Manufacturing

Advanced Materials and High-Tech Manufacturing
A vital component of the state's economic engine, this industry includes nearly 18,000 manufacturers who employ over 311,000 statewide according to Enterprise Florida. Broward County is uniquely positioned to provide excellent opportunities for success to local manufacturersMore...

Alternative Energy and Renewable Resources Alternative Energy and Renewable Resources
Solar energy and developing alternative energy sources is an international thrust. Broward County is a major advocate of green initiatives and technologies to preserve natural resources while powering our lives. More...
Aviation Aviation / Aerospace
The aviation industry is well established in Broward County. With existing aerospace firms and world class facilities like the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the regional infrastructure to support growth in this industry is secure. More...
Global Business Services Global Business Services
According to Enterprise Florida, nearly 90% of the state's gross economic output is generated in the service sector. Over 129,500 financial and professional services companies - and their 897,00 employees - call Florida home . South Florida is home to many regional banking and finance institutions.  More...
Global Media and Production Global Media and Production
With Broward County's wide range of cultural diversity, this focus area is devoted to a universal application of information and entertainment media. Included in this sector are local production offices and sound stages, software design firms, and digital media providers.   More...
Headquarters and Management Operations Headquarters and Management Operations
Establishing corporate headquarters in Florida is vital to the state's economy. With an estimated 150 corporate headquarters, Broward County serves as the epicenter of South Florida, the largest metropolitan region in southeastern United States. More...
Human Resources and Higher Education Human Resources and Higher Education
This focus area is centered around entities that educate, train and prepare the workforce. Home to the sixth largest and largest fully accredited K-12 and adult school system in the country, Broward County also hosts several institutions of higher learning including Nova Southeastern University and Broward College. More...
Global Business Services

International Trade and Logistics
Combining several areas such as warehousing, distribution and transportation, this focus area provides support for the export and import of goods and services. Businesses based in Broward County enjoy the benefits of both Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as well as close connections with the Caribbean basin and Latin America. More...

Life Sciences Life Sciences
South Florida is a stronghold of the life sciences industry and Broward County has a solid base which includes medical device, pharmaceuticals and medical supply firms. More...
Marine Industries

Marine Industries
This sector is comprised of all the businesses that support recreational boating and the yachting lifestyle. With the Greater Fort Lauderdale area having earned the moniker "Yachting Capital of the World," Broward County enjoys a robust marine industry. More...

Industry Detail

  1. Advanced Materials and High-Tech Manufacturing
  2. Alternative Energy and Renewable Resources
  3. Aviation / Aerospace
  4. Global Business Services
  5. Global Media and Production
  6. Headquarters and Management Operations
  7. Human Resources and Higher Education
  8. International Trade and Logistics
  9. Life Sciences
  10. Marine Industries
The Broward County Board of County Commissioners authorized a review of its current targeted industries for economic development in April 2008. The goal of the survey was to assess the prospects for recruiting into Broward County high growth, new and emerging industries that will ultimately create high-wage/high-skilled job opportunities consistent with the County's overall economic development strategies. Opportunities for new growth and further development among high- wage/high- skill industries already established in Broward County are also addressed in the study.

More About Broward County's Targeted Industries
Advanced Materials and High-Tech Manufacturing
This industry includes:

  • Plastics
  • Cement and Concrete
  • Chemicals wholesaling
  • Rubber

Alternative Energy and Renewable Resources
This industry includes:

  • Electric Power Generation
  • Architectural, Engineering and Related Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Water Utility Systems

Aviation / Aerospace
This industry includes:

  • Aerospace Products and Parts
  • Avionics
  • Air Transportation Support

Global Business Services
This industry includes:

  • Banking
  • Computer Systems Design
  • Insurance Carriers
  • Commercial Credit

Global Media and Production
This industry includes:

  • Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • Motion Picture and Video Industries
  • Advertising, Public Relations and Related Services
  • Internet Service Providers and Web Search Portals
  • Cable and Other Subscription Programming

Headquarters and Management Operations
This industry includes:

  • Corporate headquarters
  • Business, Professional, Labor and Political Organizations
  • HR and Management/Consulting Services
  • Commercial Equipment Leasing

Human Resources and Higher Education
This industry includes:

  • Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools
  • Other Schools and Instruction
  • Business Schools and Management Training
  • Computer Training

International Trade and Logistics
This industry includes:

  • Professional and Commercial Equipment Wholesalers
  • Machinery, Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers
  • Freight Transportation Arrangement
  • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Wholesalers
  • Electrical and Electrical Goods Wholesalers
  • Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers
  • Metal ;and Mineral Wholesalers
  • Logistics Consulting Services

Life Sciences
This industry includes:

  • Biotechnology Research
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Equipment and Supplies

Marine Industries
This industry includes:

  • Ship and Boat Building
  • Electronics Repair and Maintenance