Fort Lauderdale Almost Dead Last on Forbes' List of Best Places for Businesses and Careers

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The big business brains over at Forbes compiled a list of 200 American cities that the magazine says are the best for "business and careers."

Don't get your hopes up, folks. Fort Loddy Doddy did terrible, coming in 192 out of 200. We barely beat out notorious hellhole Flint, Michigan.

Other cities that ranked worse than Fort Lauderdale included Stockton, California; Detroit; Visalia, California; and the always-scummy pearl of New Jersey, Atlantic City.

It should be noted that our obnoxious and glitzy counterpart to the south, Miami, didn't do so hot either. It ranked 181.

There's at least one bright spot in Fort Lauderdale's ranking, though. The city earned a respectable 81 rank in education. But for cost of business, we were ranked 151, and for job growth we ranked 181. Ouch.

The magazine also points out that cost of living in Fort Lauderdale is 7.6 percent above the national average.

So what's the best city for businesses and career? Ultra-boring-sounding Provo, Utah.

As a state, Florida did rather terrible. The highest-ranked city in Florida was Gainesville, which took the 101 spot.



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Fqs9000
Fqs9000

I've been to Flint and Detroit.  Ft. Lauderdale is WAAAAAY better.

guest
guest

I  was under the assumption that you an mayor Jacqueoph Seiler have kissed and made up, according to the Chardonnay chugging comish roberts.

Chris
Chris

[Since I can't respond to Guest's post starting with "You have some" since it's one level too deep, my reply will have to be here.] Exactly! I only left Fort Lauderdale for an opportunity I wasn't necessarily looking for. If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't have been in a rush to leave at all, though I know I'd eventually move on to somewhere else. I, too, hope the community will get more involved. I tried doing the same, like my short-lived mission to see the SW 2nd St & SW 5th Ave stoplight (which is in a permanent flashing light with no working crosswalks). As a logic and morality issue, I found it unbelievable that the county wouldn't change the light pattern, or activate the crosswalk signal on-demand for the same intersection central to a parking garage, the MoDS/IMAX, the park, and the Broward Center for Performing Arts. All I got was red tape by county traffic officials saying "the studies didn't warrant it," despite written record of parties in that area requesting it. Fort Lauderdale (especially Broward County) just needs some new blood to replace the established career politicians. In fact, all cities and the Feds could use a fresh perspective instead of old thinking and good old friends. Imagine how things would be if there were strict term limits across the board: less focus on reelections and more on getting positive changes through.

Guest
Guest

You have some good points and with some good people in place, Ft. Lauderdale could flourish.  If the taxpayers would become  more involved in their community, change could happen  lot faster.  Let's hope for a bright future for the city.

Chris
Chris

I didn't say Fort Lauderdale was marvelous. It has its issues, as does every other city. When you involve government, corruption is always at play. That's politics, and they suck in every aspect. Money exchanges hands and have more power than votes. This list is about business and careers in Fort Lauderdale. While I'd agree that the career market is saturated and doesn't offer much room for growth at the moment, I'd also say that it's holding on pretty well. We see that companies are still opening up and that business is still growing, albeit just not at the rate other cities are growing. The housing bubble and foreclosures didn't help either, but there were many other factors that came into play that weren't a direct result of Fort Lauderdale, subprime lending notwithstanding. I'm saying that beyond the corruption and the scheming you mentioned, the city isn't in ruin, and is far better off than Flint. I don't see vast majority of the city looking like a ghost town of Detroit. Those, I think we can all agree, aren't doing well at all. (Heck, they want to build a zombie theme park in Detroit alone because of all the vacant buildings!) All I'm saying is, based on that list, you'd think Fort Lauderdale is on its way out and there's a max exodus, as if people are scattering like roaches from the light. It's just not happening; the city is still growing. (Also, to respond to your point of Scott Rothstein: he didn't own me or anyone I know. It affected many, yes, but certainly not everyone.)

Guest
Guest

You need to apologize to Chicago.  Chicago is in no way even close to being as corrupt as Ft. Lauderdale. If you lived here, you should know that 2 1/2  years ago billionnaire crook Scott Rothstein owned the town and everyone in it.  And he said on the ethics committee of the JQC, controlled the governor, bribed judges, ruled with mob connections and tactics, used law enfocement as his personal bodyguards...and no one in this honest town questioned him until he imploded  himself.  Ft. Lauderdale is beneath "seedy", you must have had sun stroke to think FLL is a marvelous place to live. 

Chaz
Chaz

That's offset by the fact Jack Seiler is mayor.

Chris
Chris

You know, I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, and only just relocated to Richmond last month. To even suggest that Fort Lauderdale is remotely close to Flint in any shape or form is laughable at best and throws the entire ranking into suspicion. It's offensive, actually. Forbes loves these lists like Mashable loves lists- both are filled with content without substance, and that's not anything to be proud of. Controversial is the only thing I'd attribute to this ranking. "Guest"s comments would make you think that Fort Lauderdale is as seedy and corrupt as Chicago. If that were the case, Fort Lauderdale would already be in poor shape, and nobody can say that it's in bad shape now.Fort Lauderdale is still a booming, growing city with strong tourism, shockingly low sales tax, no state tax, and a good education system (when compared to others). The FLL airport is growing with the new runway that will bring in more international traffic, it's still a major port of entry for freight and travelers. Heck, we got the Air & Sea Show back this year, how's that for recovery?

Guest
Guest

Look, the truth is the political system is corrupt, one-by-one the Broward County lawyers are going to jail, the 17th Circuit court is more corrupt than the lawyers, politicians and powerbrokers put together.  Then we've got law enforcement, many including the chief of police on Scott Rothstein's payroll, or free ride,  at one time or another.    You have lobbyists married to commissioners who are lining their pockets with tax-payer dollars like a million pigs in mud, a ex-chief Judge Tobin who should be in jail, instead he grabs more money on the side of a corrupt foreclosure mill who even the corrupt state government fined, but didn't put out of business.  You have ex-Judges like Larry Seidlin who exploited the system and everyone he could get his hands on for money, money, more money.  The judges cover up the crimes for their corrupt friends.  You have Ryan LeVin double vehicular homicidal murderer getting house arrest, with right to leave if by limo,  from his luxury beachfront condo.  You have liars, thieves, money-grubbing criminals who should be behind bars, but instead make rules for the regular folks.  Look under any rock and you'll find school board criminals, robbing our children of an education while they line their pockets, the Gottliebs with hands in the school board, other people's pants and the judiciary, how sweet is that?!  You have the Florida Bar who hasn't disbarred anyone (not even Scott Rothstein) for their criminal activity, then there is the JQC, what can you say about them that isn't awful.  Every agency seems to be corrupt at the top, so unless the people step forward and create a revolution, Ft. Lauderdale will stay or drop in desirability.  And don't forget Sun-Bergeron and how those criminals who have been identified by EVERYONE, still have a chance at taxpayer dollars. 

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