Target Business Sectors

Marine Industries

Known worldwide as the “Yachting Capital of the World,” Greater Fort Lauderdale enjoys a thriving recreational marine industry that contributes an economic impact of $8.8 billion in Broward County and $11.5 billion in the South Florida region, according to the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), recipient of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance 2017 Economic Development Partner of the Year award.

Greater Fort Lauderdale's marine industry is comprised of world-class shipyards, marinas, manufacturing, wholesale and retail marine products, brokers, dockage, and every conceivable type of marine service, all supported by 136,000 jobs regionally - $110,000 in Broward County alone, with $4 billion in wages and earnings that are typically 28 percent higher than the state average. Approximately 2,000 mega-yachts (vessels measuring 80 feet or more) visit the county each year.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, owned by MIASF and produced by Informa Exhibitions, is the world’s largest in-water boat show with more than 1,500 exhibitors and 105,000 visitors from 52 countries. A 2016 economic impact study concluded that the annual show contributes $857 million to the state’s overall economy, with $508 million in direct sales, or more than 100 million a day! Phil Purcell, MIASF's CEO/President said, “The economic impact of the boat show dwarfs that of any Super Bowl, and it happens year after year.”

International and domestic crew on any size vessel can earn both regulatory and non-regulatory qualifications, from entry-level through senior management positions,  from Greater Fort Lauderdale’s maritime training options. The Broward County public school system offers an educational development ladder that begins with a marine magnet program at New River Middle School, continues at South Broward High School and can culminate with certification at the marine service tech program at McFatter Technical College or the marine engineering  and marine mechanics programs at Broward College.

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For information regarding business location and expansion in Greater Fort Lauderdale, please contact Todd Holt, the Alliance's Director of Business Development at 954-627-0124 or via email at