July 24, 2014

Business Florida 2012 - The Regions

Southeast Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Fort Pierce, Key West, Miami, Stuart, Vero Beach, West Palm Beach

Jeff Zbar | 10/10/2011

Naples
Disney's Vero Beach Resort is a draw for visitors to Florida's picturesque Atlantic coast. [Photo: Disney]

Quality of Life

Reasons to be here: In July 2011, global manufacturing/technology giant Emerson selected Sunrise for its Latin American regional headquarters. Company officials and others cite the region's "world-class quality of life," a flourishing entertainment scene and strong business collaboration as influences. For its part, Palm Beach County ranks among the nation's least expensive markets to run a company. "When you combine awesome people with a great climate, solid infrastructure and low taxes, why would you start a business anywhere else?" says Boca-based tech firm 3Cinteractive CEO John Duffy, whose free time is spent building motorcycles and playing guitars.

Play ball: Sports teams need homes. The Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat and Florida Panthers have theirs. Next up:

» The Florida Marlins' retractable-roof ballpark opening for the 2012 season

» Florida Atlantic University's new football stadium, set to debut this season

» A rejuvenated Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter hosts the Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals for spring training, and Minor League Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals all summer.

Notable Employers

Downtown Miami
A recent surge in condo sales has swelled Miami's nighttime population to 70,000 and brought downtown streets alive after dark. [Photo: Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce]
Financial Services

  • American Express, Plantation
  • First Data, Coral Springs

Professional Services

  • Zimmerman Advertising, Fort Lauderdale

Package Goods

  • Bacardi, Coral Gables

Energy

  • NextEra Energy Inc./Florida Power & Light, Juno Beach

Healthcare

  • Liberty Medical Supply, Port St. Lucie

Retail Distribution

  • QVC Inc., Port St. Lucie
  • Wal-Mart/Wal-Mart Distribution Center, St. Lucie County

Technology

  • G4S Secure Solutions Inc. (formerly The Wackenhut Corporation), Palm Beach Gardens

Travel / Tourism

  • Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami
  • Spirit Airlines, Miramar

Tags: Southeast, Business Florida

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