85 Alliance Leaders Study Charlotte’s Business Climate
Published Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:00 am

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development, embarked on its third leadership study trip, this time to Charlotte, North Carolina, February 29 – March 4, 2020 to gather best practices as well as compare and contrast Greater Charlotte with Broward County.

Past leadership trips have included Austin, Texas in 2016, and Nashville, Tennessee in 2018. Like Greater Fort Lauderdale, Charlotte has a thriving business community with a world class reputation for quality of life.

The Alliance wishes to thank leaders from the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for generously and candidly sharing their perspectives and best practices, and wish the community well as they navigate the COVID-19 crisis. A thank-you advertisement is running in the May 1 issue of the Charlotte Business Journal. A summary of the trip will be prepared and presented at a community meeting in the summer.

The trip was chaired by Kate Goldman of Baptist Health South Florida, who also serves as chair of the Alliance’s Leadership Council. Areas of focus included:

  • Business Best Practices, co-chaired by Mark Binko of National Jets and Jonathan Wolfe of AutoNation
  • Education, Talent and Workforce, co-chaired by Anthony Abbate of Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Mildred Coyne of Broward College, Jean McIntyre of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Laurie Sallarulo of Junior Achievement South Florida
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences, co-chaired by Doug Bartel of Florida Blue and Matthew Muhart of Memorial Healthcare System
  • Housing, Development and Homelessness co-chaired by Sandra Veszi Einhorn of the Coordinating Council of Broward, Laurel Oswald of Tower Commercial Realty, and Mark Peterson of Fifth Third Bank
  • Quality of Life, co-chaired by Jeremy Earle of the City of Hallandale Beach, Greg Milford of BankUnited and Keriann Worley of Entercom South Florida
  • Transportation and Infrastructure, co-chaired by Dr. Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson of Nova Southeastern University, Carol Henderson of Brightline, and Rufus James of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Executive Airport/FXE

The 85 participants who went on the trip represented a wide cross-section of Alliance member companies, municipalities and organizations. The event was directed by Gail Bulfin, Vice President of Membership Development for the Alliance.

The trip was supported by Aviation Sponsors: Delta Airlines and Spirit Airlines; Gold Sponsors: Broward County OESBD, FPL, City of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Broward County's FLL, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Signature Grand and South Florida Business Journal; Silver Sponsors: Baptist Health South Florida, City of Deerfield Beach, Memorial Healthcare System and Wells Fargo; Bronze Sponsors: Bank of America, Broward Workshop, City of Coconut Creek, Crown Castle Fiber, City of Miramar, Regions Bank and United Way of Broward County; and Leadership Sponsors: First Horizon Bank, Flexential, Greenspoon Marder and MasTec.



The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance ( is Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development. Its mission is to lead Broward County in building a stronger and more diverse economy by stimulating the creation of new jobs and capital investment while facilitating the growth and retention of businesses in Broward County. Services offered by the Alliance include assistance with business relocation or expansion and site selection; incentive programs and information; market research; and serving as a liaison for workforce development between CareerSource Broward, educational institutions and the business community. To learn more, call (954) 524-3113.

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