December 22, 2014

Community Portrait

Fort Lauderdale and Broward County

More than just gathering data, we're capturing elements that make each community distinctive.

> Heavy Hitters

» 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.

> Notable

» 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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