In less than a century, a land "unfit for human habitation" has been turned in to the permanent home of over a million people and the winter residence of tens of thousands more. In earlier times, it could not have happened. Today's Broward County is very much a product of the industrial age. The sun and sand and sea have been here for millennia, but the roads, railroads and seaport are new additions which have vastly transformed the area's landscape.
Broward County is the perfect place to start, grow and diversify your business. We are a top destination for national and international travelers and a prime locale for domestic and foreign businesses both big and small. Bordered by Palm Beach County to the north and Miami-Dade County to the south, Broward County - also known as the Greater Fort Lauderdale area - is the center of South Florida’s Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan statistical area.
Home to a diverse, multilingual population and close to the Caribbean and South America, Broward County is a gateway to the global marketplace. Our airport, seaport, tourism industry and development initiatives are valued economic engines driving growth and prosperity for the local and regional community. The vision of our Board of County Commissioners includes “a vibrant economy with a diverse, skilled workforce…offering unique advantages that attract all types of businesses to create equitable, countywide prosperity.” We strive to deliver services that enhance the quality of life for residents, visitors and businesses while cultivating a healthy economy.
Greater Fort Lauderdale is the gateway to the Everglades, where wild beauty makes up almost two-thirds of the destination's total area. Take an airboat ride and witness exotic flora, fauna, and wildlife from alligators to Florida panthers. The Everglades also is home to the Seminole Indians, who invite visitors to learn about their proud, ancient culture.
Butterfly World features the largest butterfly aviary in North America, as well as an impelling insectarium and a "buzz-worthy" hummingbird environment. Flamingo Gardens & Wray Botanical Collection offers 60 acres of diverse native plants and trees, a Bird of Prey Center with a free-flight aviary, and the chance to view alligators, flamingos, bobcats and Florida panthers. At Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood, kayak through narrow canals where mangrove trees create a tangled canopy. Other adventures include a day at Mizell-Johnson State Park in Dania Beach. The park offers fishing, canoeing and other boating, and one of the area's most important turtle nesting beaches. Or explore or Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, where the family can enjoy airboat rides and gator shows or rent a boat a do some fishing. Did you know that Greater Fort Lauderdale has 69 miles of natural coral reef just offshore? Snorkel or scuba dive for an up-close and personal look at the amazing underwater world.