The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance held their Annual Awards Dinner last month at the Signature Grand. It’s a celebration of the past year’s accomplishments as well as a time to honor community leaders in education and business.
As the primary economic development organization for Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance focuses on creating, attracting, expanding and retaining high-wage jobs and capital investment in high value targeted industries, developing more vibrant communities, and improving the quality of life for the citizens of Broward County.
From 2007 to 2019, the Alliance, working with its members, Broward County, and other partners, helped create or retain 36,000 direct jobs that are estimated to generate through direct, indirect and induced effects:
> Total employment of approximately 74,000 jobs in Broward County
> $2.8 billion in annual personal income in Broward County
> $14.2 billion in annual economic impact in Broward County
That’s pretty impressive. Nuff said.
For the fourth year in a row, I was contracted to produce videos for all the honorees. Being a member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, it gives me the opportunity to really get to know and engage with local business and community leaders. It’s a “gig” I look forward to every year. Here are the videos…
Education Partnership Award
This year’s event featured co-winners: The South Florida Manufacturer’s Association (SFMA) for partnering with Atlantic Technical College and creating the South Florida Machinist Apprenticeship program:
The other co-winner was Stiles for their partnership with Nova Southeastern University on a Master’s Degree program in Real Estate Development:
Leadership Award Winners
Leadership Award winners are selected by the members of each of the Alliance’s different Councils. Here are the 2019 honorees:
Annual Dinner Recap
Among other things, this year’s Annual Dinner featured a surprise announcement from Ted Christie, President/CEO, Spirit Airlines. Florida Blue’s Penny Shaffer was honored with the Ray Ferraro Jr. Leadership Award and the keynote speaker was Anatalio Ubalde, CEO/Founder of SizeUp. Check out the full recap…