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Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance announces fiscal year accomplishments

More than 300 business leaders attended the virtual annual meeting of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Annual Meeting last week.

At the meeting, produced at the Signature Grand in Davie by the Alliance, Signature Grand and PSAV, the public-private partnership updated businesses on the 2019-2020 fiscal year. During that time, the alliance assisted businesses in creating 1,072 new high-value jobs, retaining 913 jobs and securing more than $353 million in new capital investment. These companies include Amazon in Pompano Beach (125 new jobs and $32 million investment); Bankers Healthcare Group in Miramar (220 jobs and $42 million); Shiji in Hollywood (70 jobs); Spirit Airlines in Dania Beach (225 jobs and $250 million investment); Publix in Deerfield Beach (265 new jobs and $23.4 million investment); and Accilerate in Sunrise (50 new jobs and $3.6 million investment). These businesses were a few of the 350 that received services from the alliance during the year.

Other announcements included the following:

  • KeySource Pharma will add 50 new jobs at an 8,000-square foot sales and logistics office in Fort Lauderdale’s Cypress Creek office.
  • According to an independent study by the South Florida Regional Planning Council, the alliance, CareerSource Broward and the county helped create or retain more than 38,000 direct jobs over the past 24 years, generating more than 77,000 jobs and resulting in $2.9 billion in annual personal income and $15.1 billion in annual economic impact.
  • The alliance’s honored six people with its annual economic development leadership awards to recognize their work in the community helping to grow jobs and strengthen the economy: Matthew Caldwell, Florida Panthers (presented by the CEO Council); Sandy-Michael McDonald, Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (presented by the Governor Council); Kate Goldman, Baptist Health South Florida (presented by the Leadership Council); Marissa Kelley, Lewis Brisbois (presented by Corporate Council); Melissa Milroy, Galleria Fort Lauderdale (presented by the Entrepreneurship Council); and Sandra Veszi Einhorm, Coordinating Council of Broward (presented by the Partner Council).

The event was sponsored by FPL, JM Family Enterprises, Seminole Tribe of Florida, The Signature Grand, South Florida Business Journal, Port Everglades and South Florida Business and Wealth, Bank of America, Broward Health, Capital Analytics Associates, City of Coconut Creek, City of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport – FXE, Morris Southeast Group and Starmark. Learn more about the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance by calling (954) 524-3113.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.