Sponsors

 

Co-Sponsors


CareerSource Florida provides oversight and policy direction for workforce development programs administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida's 24 local workforce development boards and their 100 career centers. Together, the CareerSource Florida network connects employers with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities to achieve economic prosperity. To accomplish our mission and vision, we work closely with industry, education and community development leaders as well as local, regional and state economic development partners, among others, to build and sustain a globally competitive workforce. Learn more at careersourceflorida.com.



Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) is Florida's largest electric utility, serving 35 of Florida's 67 counties and more than half of the population. FPL is committed to helping Florida remain an affordable place to live and a great state to do business. Keeping bills low for its customers and delivering reliable service and clean energy is a top priority. FPL's typical customer rates are more than 40% below the national average with award-winning reliability, as the recipient of the ReliabilityOne™ Award for the fourth consecutive year. As one of the cleanest utilities in the nation, FPL operates 14 major solar power plants for more than 935 megawatts of universal solar capacity. FPL's Office of Economic Development serves as a single point for infrastructure assessments of properties, rate quotes, project support, technical expertise, advisement on cost-savings opportunities, and qualification of two incentive rates to help growing businesses. www.PoweringFlorida.com

 

Chairman's Club


Accrisoft Corporation provides a finely tuned blend of technology and services that empower your economic development organization to accomplish your goals and better serve investors. Accrisoft Freedom™ is a comprehensive software solution that spans across your organization's operations, finance, marketing, and sales departments, allowing your entire team to work together harmoniously on a single platform.



Chmura Economics & Analytics is an applied economic consulting firm specializing in delivering advanced economic analysis. Our core competencies include economic consulting, economic development, workforce development, economic impact studies, custom publications, and data and software solutions. Chmura has the experience and expertise to transform data into information that drives effective strategy and business solutions. Our premier technology platforms - JobsEQ®, and LaborEQ® - are in widespread use across the United States. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Chmura was founded in 1999 and operates regional offices in Cleveland, Ohio and Spokane, Washington.



Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry, with more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries. The shopping center industry is essential to economic development and opportunity, serving as job creators, drivers of GDP, and a critical revenue source for the communities they serve through the collection of sales taxes and the payment of property taxes. In addition to being fiscal engines, they are integral to the social fabric of their communities by providing a central place to congregate and participate in philanthropic endeavors. For the latest news from ICSC and the industry see www.thecenterofshopping.com.



ROI Research on Investment is an award-winning global authority on lead generation and investment attraction for economic development organizations. Since 2003, ROI has worked with over 350 clients worldwide to attract job-creating, capital intensive, expansion projects. ROI's core areas of expertise include benchmarking/target industry analysis, lead generation, BR&E strategies, representation services, and customized training covering best practices in modern BR&E and investment attraction.

ROI recently launched Gazelle.ai; the first application designed to use AI and big data to solve many challenges faced by economic development, investment attraction and trade professionals. Gazelle.ai is a powerful one-stop business intelligence platform deploying machine-learning algorithms, human curated intelligence and big data to forecast company growth. This unique platform profiles millions of companies and features over 900 industry profiles that include heat maps illustrating 14 economic indicators at the State and County levels, including: establishment and employment growth, revenues, gross profit, average salary growth, etc.

 

Platinum Sponsors


Hotwire Communications, the leader in fiber optic technology, has provided fiber-based telecommunication services since 2002. Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with regional offices in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Philadelphia, Hotwire's footprint currently spans fifteen states and offers a full suite of services to residential, commercial, hospitality, government, and educational customers. Independently ranked by a number of third-party outlets, accolades include PC Magazine's Fastest ISP of 2017, consecutively ranked the Fastest ISP in the U.S. by Netflix since October 2017, recipient of the National Cable Television Cooperative's Innovator Award for its concierge-style customer service, and the CableFax Community Service Award for its dedication to local communities. Striving to power the Home of the Future, Hotwire is leading the way by bringing advanced technologies like 4K video and virtual reality into its customer's homes.

 

Gold Sponsors


Conway is the world's only full-service agency in the global corporate investment and FDI industries. Conway has published the award-winning Site Selection magazine since 1954, and through offices all over the world we maintain an industry-best network of corporate expansion planners. Our suite of services includes:

LEAD GENERATION - connecting clients with decision-makers responsible for hundreds of billions in new investment projects each year
EVENTS - Conway has managed events across the globe, including the annual World Forum for Foreign Direct Management
FDI TRAINING SEMINARS - Site Consultants and corporate leaders teach economic developers the best strategies for connecting with their target audience
CONWAY ANALYTICS - a web portal and monthly reports featuring global project announcements and exclusive Lead Signals
PR & MARKETING - from brand development to media placement, we deliver your message to the world
CUSTOM CONTENT - Creating editorial excellence for more than 200 global clients
IAMC - Conway has managed the Industrial Asset Management Council since its inception.



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 or follow the Alliance on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or YouTube.



Ideally located on South Florida's Atlantic coast, it's easy to see why Hollywood is a popular destination for tourism and business alike. With convenient access by air, sea, road and rail, Hollywood is the perfect location to compete in the global marketplace. Hollywood's "business first" attitude is one reason more than $200 million in development was completed last year with more on the way. Hollywood is primed for smart growth. New zoning and public investment in infrastructure is sparking revitalization along key commercial corridors. It's all about location and Hollywood has it. See Life, See Opportunities in Florida's Hollywood.

 

Silver Sponsors


Business Facilities is the leading full-service media brand specializing in the site selection marketplace. In print, online, and face-to-face, Business Facilities has created a dynamic community that connects corporate site selectors with economic development organizations from across North America and around the world.

Business Facilities magazine is read by 40,000 C-level executives, corporate real estate executives and other site selection decision-makers. Published six times a year, each issue profiles state, regional and international locations. In addition, the full range of the site selection experience is covered, from "how-to" information on comparing the financial incentives offered by different communities around the world, to profiles of the latest relocations undertaken by major corporations.

BusinessFacilities.com is the share of market leader among all site selection websites, providing up-to-the-minute site selection news and industry-specific features. Resources for site selectors include a 50-state Incentives Guide, the Online Site Seekers' Guide directory, Location Spotlights and more.

Business Facilities LiveXchange is an invitation-only matchmaking event that connects corporate executives and site consultants that have active projects with economic development organizations from across North America. Representatives from Fortune 500 and mid-sized growth companies, plus leading site consultants meet with EDOs to discuss their relocation or expansion projects in prescheduled and confidential one-on-one meetings.



The City of Coral Springs, named "100 Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine, is a 25 square-mile, South Florida community located at the edge of beautiful Everglades National Park. Culture is at the heart of this vibrant City, offering world-class entertainment at its own Museum and Center for the Arts. The City's new Municipal Complex features a great lawn, which is the site of family-friendly events including festivals, outdoor concerts and jazz brunch throughout the year. A world class Aquatics Center, 49 parks, competitive athletic programs and a Charter School - which was recognized by the Washington Post as one of the nation's most challenging and innovative high schools - makes Coral Springs the ideal place to live, work and raise a family. The City recently welcomed one of nation's leading healthcare providers - Cleveland Clinic. Developers have invested in the downtown area - with plans for a retail and hospitality center. From great weather to spectacular sunsets - come see why "Business is Brighter" in the City of Coral Springs.



In a fast-paced, technology-driven world, business travelers and general aviation professionals need reliable, accessible services and amenities that keep them connected and moving forward, which is why they depend on Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE). The Airport is owned and operated by the City of Fort Lauderdale, and is located in the heart of the City's Uptown Business District just minutes from downtown Fort Lauderdale.

FXE is committed to providing corporate, government and leisure travelers with outstanding customer service, all while enhancing the Airport's position as the gateway to Fort Lauderdale. Our modern U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) facility now features 2 Automated Passport Control kiosks as well as a Global Entry kiosk to expedite your processing experience.

We invite you to visit our city — we invite you to be part of our history — we invite you to fly carefree with FXE.



Big or small, high tech or start-up, Miramar welcomes established companies as well as startups. Businesses and their employees can live well, think big and enjoy all the advantages of a booming area with the convenience and human scale of a manageable, civic-minded and rightsized community.

 

Bronze Sponsors


BNSF Railway is one of North America's leading freight transportation companies. BNSF operates approximately 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and also operates in three Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages. BNSF's shipments help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve. You can learn more about BNSF at www.BNSF.com.

 

Exhibitors


GIS WebTech provides the most advanced technology solutions available for for economic development and site selection. The company's technology helps economic development organizations attract, retain, and expand businesses within their communities and helps corporate site selectors identify and analyze ideal locations. GIS WebTech is the fastest-growing provider in the market, and serves economic development organizations of all sizes, from small, rural communities to large states. GIS WebTech's solutions are built natively on the Esri ArcGIS platform, the world's most powerful mapping software, and include the most accurate demographic and workforce data available. For more information, please see www.giswebtech.com.


ProTRACKPlus is a cloud-based software and mobile application designed exclusively to help economic development organizations and staff be more successful.

This all new system automates Transparency, Relevance, Accountability, Credibility and converts Data to Knowledge (TRACK) to meet the increasing stakeholder-demand for better reporting. Using ProTRACKPlus all day every day maximizes automation to minimize your time and keeps your leadership better informed.

ProTRACKPlus is "Six Apps in One" created to be the most intuitive and powerful tool available for making you and your organization more successful in the new era of economic development.

1. Manage contacts and companies
2. Track projects from RFI to completion
3. Manage your BRE program
4. Forecast and follow-up for incentives
5. Organize large data sets
6. Customize reporting to stakeholders in real time