Friday October 23 was an exciting day in Tamarac, when U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross met with local elected officials and business leaders to learn more about their needs during the pandemic. According to WLRN, when Ross was presented with a key to the county by Broward County Mayor Dale Holness, Secretary Ross joked, “What door does it open?”
Ross, the country’s 39th Secretary of Commerce, is a Palm Beach County resident when he’s not in Washington, D.C. He has served under several administrations.
The meeting took place at City Furniture’s corporate headquarters, located on Hiatus Road in Tamarac. Some longtime Floridians may remember Waterbed City, which opened in the 1970s and evolved into City Furniture, which is now one of Tamarac’s top ten employers.
After touring City Furniture’s headquarters, Secretary Ross also heard the concerns of local business leaders during a roundtable organized by City Furniture and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the “primary economic development organization for Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County.”
About the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance provides a wealth of resources and support for businesses, including “creating, attracting, expanding and retaining high-wage jobs and capital investment in high value targeted industries, developing more vibrant communities, and improving the quality of life for our area’s citizens.” Through its nonprofit arm, The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Foundation, including Prosperity Broward and Empower Broward, programs which support job training, employment, and entrepreneurial support.