Business Florida 2018 - The Regions
LIFE & LEISURE
Widely respected educational options
Twenty-one Southeast Florida high schools earned gold medals in U.S. News & World Report’s “2017 Best High Schools” rankings; nine were among the top 100. This region is also home to 19 not-for-profit colleges, including the University of Miami, site of the UM Life Science & Technology Park (recently renamed Converge Miami). Also in this region: Florida International University, ranked No. 5 for its international business programs on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2017”; Broward College and Indian River State College, both finalists for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence; Miami Dade College, with eight campuses and an entrepreneurial center; and, opening in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood in fall 2017, Miami College of Design, the state’s first college devoted to industrial design.
Fun for all
Southeast Florida is packed with things to see and do. People watch over “con leche and a Cuban” or a cocktail and conch fritters at one of many seaside venues. Shop for designer togs along Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, or for bargains at Sawgrass Mills outlet mall in Sunrise. Take a leisurely drive down U.S. 1 to Key West for great history, sunsets and underwater adventure — the world’s third largest coral barrier reef system is just a few miles offshore. Get close to nature as you kayak the Indian River Lagoon or enjoy an air-boat tour of the Everglades. Play a round of golf or watch the pros compete in your favorite team sport; depending on the season, there’s football, hockey, baseball, basketball and soccer to enjoy.
Naturally good-looking, too
Southeast Florida has a reputation for glitz and glam, but natural wonders also can be found here. The region boasts three national parks: Biscayne (within the Miami city limits); Everglades (just a short drive west of the city); and Dry Tortugas (a dot in the ocean 70 miles from Key West). Also in this region: three of TripAdvisor’s 2017 “Top 25 Beaches, U.S.” — Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale Beach in Broward County (Nos. 6 and 11, respectively) and South Beach in Miami-Dade (No. 12).
Everglades National Park
Young, smart and urban-oriented
Young professionals are flocking to Miami’s central business district — and not just for jobs. A report from Miami’s Downtown Development Authority shows an urban population increase of 33% since 2010 in the 3.8-square-mile area that includes the central business district as well as the Brickell, Overtown, Wynwood, Midtown, Edgewater and Arts & Entertainment neighborhoods. Current estimates put the population here at 88,540, with projections to reach 100,000+ by 2021. Almost half of downtown residents are age 25-44 and well-educated — 29% have an undergraduate degree; another 22% hold graduate degrees.
Browsing and buying at Art Basel
The contemporary art fair that helped put south Florida’s arts and culture scene on the international map continues to draw crowds to the Miami Beach Convention Center every December. More than 250 galleries from 30+ nations exhibit, and some 70,000 art dealers, artists, collectors and aficionados come to browse and buy.
The long-awaited 250,000-sq.-ft. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science has opened at Miami’s Museum Park. Highlights include a 250-seat planetarium, one of only 13 worldwide equipped with an advanced 8K projection system, and a three-level 500,000-gallon aquarium where sharks, rays and other sea creatures can be viewed from an open-air deck or through a 31-foot-wide lens.
Frost Museum of Science