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What if your favorite vacation destination was also the best place for your business?

Beach Fort Lauderdale

Long known as an international tourist destination, Fort Lauderdale is now the heart of a robust, high-growth region. As the geographic center of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), the City of Fort Lauderdale has everything a business needs to succeed:  a diversified and educated workforce; a large market with disposable income; easy access to national and international markets; world-class educational opportunities; business-friendly government; and an outstanding lifestyle.

Welcome to City of Fort Lauderdale!

Fort Lauderdale

  • Population 175,000
  • Retail/Restaurant Sales $6.1 billion
  • Civilian Workforce84,369 - 62.5% white collar, 16.5% blue collar, 21.1% service
  • Education - 42.3% college degree, 18.9% some college
  • All America City, National Civic League
  • Most Diverse City in Florida, WalletHub
  • Top 10 Greenest Mid-Sized Cities -
  • Top 10 Best Downtowns in the US,
  • Top 10 US Cities for Small Business,
  • Top 10 Best Cities for Millennial Job Seekers in Florida, Nerd Wallet
  • Top 50 US "Tech Talent" Markets, CBRE
  • Best Places for Business and Careers, Forbes
  • Top 10 Most Exciting Mid-sized Cities In America,Movoto National Real Estate

Southeast Florida (MSA)

  • Population 6.7 million - 8th largest in US
  • Retail/Restaurant Sales $106.3 billion
  • Civilian Workforce 3.0 million - 61.1% white collar, 17.3% blue collar, 21.7% service
  • Education - 37.7% college degree, 18.7% some college
  •  Best Places to Start a Small Business, Bizjournals
  •  Future Top Cities in US, fDi Magazine
  •  2nd Best Place to Start a Business, Kauffman Foundation
  •  3rd Least-Costly MSA to Do Business, KPMG
  •  Home to More Than 6,000 High Tech Firms, Brookings Institute
  •  Best Places for Global Trade, Global Trade Magazine
  •  BCPS High Schools Among America’s Best, Newsweek
  •  Best Places For Jobs, NewGeography
  • Hottest Start-Up Hub in US, Kauffman Foundation


See how Fort Lauderdale gives businesses a competitive advantage in the world marketplace:


City of Fort Lauderdale
Department of Sustainable Development
Economic and Community Investment Division
700 NW 19th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

K. Michael Chen, Economic & Business Development Manager
Tel:  954-828-6430    E-mail: 

Lutecia Florencio, Economic Development Program Aide
Tel:  954-828-6430    E-mail:

Suzy Joseph, Economic Development Program Aide
Tel: 954-828-5130     Email:

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