Amid the development that is going on around the county are the struggles and successes of the marine industry – little known by most of the county’s populace. Surrounded on three sides of the state is the ocean, positioning it uniquely in the country’s many venues. From tourist attraction to the many manufacturing and services businesses and jobs and oceanographic research enterprises and projects, the marine industry is a world by itself. It impacts the county and state in a myriad of ways.
This forum aims to inform the Fort Lauderdale community about the power and the size of the $8.8B marine industry, what’s been happening, and what is being done to keep it vibrant and growing. Come hear from key players how it affects all of us.
Phil Purcell, Pres/CEO, Marine Industries of South Florida
Without question, the most knowledgeable person in the county regarding things marine, Phil’s leadership is unparalleled. MIASF is the largest trade organization in the Southeast United States dedicated to promoting, protecting, and growing the 111,000 middle class jobs in Broward County and 142,000 jobs regionally in marine businesses promoting boating lifestyles from family cruising and fishing to yachts and the goods and services that sustain them, driving the economic output to $8.9 billion in Broward County and $12 billion regionally.
Bill Walker, Principal, Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi
Bill’s reputation is more than that of a shrewd businessman and champion sailboat racer. He is also a community leader, serving on numerous boards, contributing tirelessly to the marine world and county community projects.
David Coddington, VP Business Development, Fort Lauderdale Alliance
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance is the designated economic development organization in Broward County that focuses on targeted industries.