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» AutoNation, Fort Lauderdale, car and truck sales.
» JM Family Enterprises, Deerfield Beach, auto distributor, dealer.
» Spherion Corp., Fort Lauderdale, employment services.
» Citrix Systems, Fort Lauderdale, network software.
» Seacor Holdings, Fort Lauderdale, marine services.
» Elizabeth Arden, Miramar, cosmetics.
» Interbond Corp. of America/BrandsMart U.S.A., Fort Lauderdale, retail appliances and electronics.
» Kaplan Higher Education, education.
» BFC Financial, Fort Lauderdale, holding company for BankAtlantic Bancorp.
» Pediatrix Medical Group (recently renamed Mednax), Sunrise, physician group practice.
» The county’s median household income in 2007, $52,670, was greater than the state average of $47,804, and poverty rates are slightly below the state average. Home values are significantly above the state average, and so is the cost of living.
» Broward is home to more than 4,600 arts-related businesses that employ more than 20,000, according to the Americans for the Arts 2008 Creative Industries Report. There was a 12% increase in arts-related business between 2007 and 2008 and a 10% increase in arts-related employees.
Recent expansions/ relocations
» Research in Motion, maker of BlackBerry devices.
» Foxconn International, designs next-generation cellular technologies.
» General Dynamics C4 Systems, designs next-generation communications systems for the military.
» bioRasi, the biotech and research arm of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
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