City of Fort Lauderdale - Department of Economic Development
City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Venice of America

The City of Fort Lauderdale: A Climate for Growth

Welcome to the Department of Economic Development

Aerial view of cityFort Lauderdale is the heart of a robust, diversified, high-growth region.

An advantageous economic climate has helped the City of Fort Lauderdale establish itself as a world-class international business center and one of the most desirable locations for new, expanding, or relocating businesses.

Once known strictly as a tourism-based economy, Fort Lauderdale now supports a diverse range of industries, including marine, manufacturing, finance, insurance, real estate, high technology, and avionics/aerospace, as well as film and television production.

Discover why Fort Lauderdale is unrivaled in its growth and vitality.  Find out how a Fort Lauderdale location gives businesses a competitive advantage in the world marketplace.

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Education Company Chooses Fort Lauderdale as North American Headquarters

Warm Welcome - Incentives for New and Expanding Businesses

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Greater Fort Lauderdale - Life Less Taxing

Fort Lauderdale Cited as Good Travel Value in Survey

Learn how the annual CheapTickets Value Travel Forecast, which gives travelers insight into 2011 hotel pricing trends based on a look back at 2010 customer data, revealed that Fort Lauderdale could provide consumers the highest savings for off-peak three-star hotel stays in 2011.

Fort Lauderdale Ranks #1 in the Nation for the Lowest Tax Burden on Travelers

The NBTA Foundation, the education and research foundation of the National Business Travel Association (NBTA), and Concur, the world's leading provider of on-demand Employee Spend Management services, today released the updated findings of an annual study of car rental, hotel and meal taxes in the top 50 U.S. travel destination cities. The study reveals that the discriminatory travel taxes and fees enacted on travel-related services -- often to fund unrelated local projects -- impose an average increased cost on visitors of 56% over general sales tax.

The research also shows the U.S. cities where travelers incur the lowest total tax burden in central city locations, factoring in general sales taxes and discriminatory travel taxes: 1. Fort Lauderdale, FL; 2. Fort Myers, FL; 3. Portland, OR; 4. Detroit, MI; 5. Honolulu, HI

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BusinessF1rst - New Business Retention and Expansion Initiative Launched PDF File

Port Everglades Plans $2 billion, 20-Year Expansion

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Read the entire article PDF File on as published in the Sun-Sentinel, March 2, 2010.

Fort Lauderdale Named First Virtuoso "Preferred Destination" in the Continental U.S.

Read the entire article on the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Web site.

Fort Lauderdale Named One of the "100 Best Places to Live and Launch" by CNN Money

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