Business Florida 2013 - The Regions
Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, Key West, Miami, Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie
As one of Florida’s most diverse and densely populated regions, Southeast offers plenty of business advantages — exceptional international connectivity, a multicultural workforce and a quality of life that is difficult to match.
In this seven-county region, the issue isn’t finding an ideal site for expansion; it’s narrowing the choices down to just one.
Consider, for example, the “tricounty” area of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach: each has an international airport and a deepwater port, each could rightly claim the title “Gateway to Latin America.” Here and elsewhere across the region, companies engaged in such varied industries as global commerce, life sciences and renewable energy are thriving, and progressive educational institutions are launching new curricula to supply the workers they require. And as if this cake needed further decoration, there’s tourism too. From Indian River County to the Florida Keys, hotel occupancy is up, and cosmopolitan communities are only too happy to show off their attributes to visitors and residents alike.
WHO LIVES HERE
Southeast Florida is the quintessential American melting pot — good news for companies doing business globally. At 37.1%, the foreign-born population of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties is higher than in any other major U.S. metropolitan area. Hispanics are the most prevalent immigrant group, averaging 24.5% of the population across all seven counties. In the city of Miami alone, seven out of every 10 residents is Hispanic. No wonder South Florida is home to six of the 10 largest Hispanic-owned companies in the U.S.
Happy at work
Southeast Florida is a great place to work, but don’t just take our word for it; ask the employees themselves. In a recent survey about career opportunities and workplace satisfaction by online career site CareerBliss.com, Miami topped the list of “Happiest Cities for Work,” and Fort Lauderdale ranked No. 2 on “Cities with the Happiest Young Professionals.”