Economic yearbook 2011
Business leaders report an economy heading out of recession. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport saw passenger numbers increase for 16 consecutive months through December. The port recently set a world record for cruise passengers.
BROWARD COUNTY GOALS
Make municipal permitting processes more transparent and improve businesses' access to capital.
Carry on an effort to rebrand the county, for headquarters recruitment purposes, as Greater Fort Lauderdale, an effort pushed by the itself rebranded Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. The campaign is "Life. Less Taxing."
After a series of arrests and indictments of elected county and municipal officials, clean up the county's pay-to-play image.
|MSA||DEC. 2010||DEC 2009||% Change||Jobless Rate|
|Fort Lauderdale/ Pompano/ Deerfield Beach||878,609||881,136||-0.3%||10.2%|
|West Palm/ Boca Raton/ Boynton Beach||551,619||544,052||+1.4%||11.5%|
|Source: Agency for Workforce Innovation
|Homes Single-family, existing-home sales by Realtors|
|MSA||Jan. 2011 Sales||1-Year Change||Jan. 2011 Price||1-Year Change|
|West Palm Beach/
|Source: Florida Realtors|
|Broward Population: 1,815,860|
|Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 0.97%|
|Population by Age:|
|Per Capita Income: $40,981|
Florida's largest road project, the $1.8-billion expansion and future operation of I-595 through central Broward, employed 1,800 from 142 companies in December. Construction will be completed in 2014. The project is unusual in that the state contracted with a consortium led by Madrid-based ACS Infrastructure that will be wholly responsible for designing, building and financing the construction, which includes express lanes and improvements to I-95 and Florida's Turnpike, and operating and maintaining the roadway until 2044.stors make plans to sell.
[Photo: Smith Aerial]