The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County's official economic development partnership is one of only 25 economic development organizations in the nation with the official designation of an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) 


  • Miami was ranked as the co-No. 1 Best City to Do Business in Latin America by AméricaEconomía (June 2007). Miami has consistently ranked among the top two Best Cities to Do Business in Latin America (2001 - 2007).
  • The State of Florida has been named as one of the "Top Ten Pro-Business States" in 2005, 2006 and 2007 by Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc. (March 2007)
  • Miami ranks among “America’s 50 Hottest Cities” for relocations and expansions by Expansion Management Magazine. (February 2007) 
  • Miami’s Baptist Hospital was ranked among the top 50 best hospitals in the United States by HealthGrades from Colorado (February 2007) 
  • Miami and Miami Beach rank among the top 10 of Americans’ favorite vacation destinations in the United States in a poll of travel agents for Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates in Minneapolis (January 2007). 
  • Miami International Airport ranks No. 1 in handling perishable products that fly into the US. The airport handles 88% of all cut flowers, 66% of all fish, 55% of all fruits and vegetables and 69% of all other perishable goods flown into the nation. Miami International Airport's total trade volume was $26 billion in 2006 (November 2006).
  • The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, Fla. Metro area was ranked as a 5-Star Logistics Metro by Expansion Management (September 2006) 
  • The State of Florida was ranked among the top 10 Best States for Business by Forbes Magazine (August 2006) 
  • Miami ranked #1 as the Top City for Hispanics to Live, by Hispanic Magazine. Miami was also ranked #1 in 2003 and # 2 in 2004. (August 2006) 
  • Miami-Dade County ranks as one of the nation’s top 10 counties for digital prowess, according to the 2006 Digital Counties Survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government. (July 2006) 
  • Miami-Dade County has four public senior high schools ranked among the top 100 in the country by Newsweek magazine in their annual list of top public high schools. (May 2006)
  • The State of Florida ranks as one of the nation’s top 10 states for the biotechnology industry by the Ernst & Young Global Biotechnology Report. (April 2006) 
  • Florida International University’s Alvah H. Chapman Graduate School of Business was ranked among the nation’s top 25 graduate programs for international business by U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2007.” (April 2006) 
  • Miami-Ft. Lauderdale ranked as the 4th most diverse metropolitan “melting pot” in the United States by Washington D.C.-based The Brookings Institution. (April 2006)
  • Florida is ranked fourth among the 50 states for the best business tax climates in the United States by the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation. (February 2006) 
  • Miami ranks #7 among “Top 10 Cities for Moviemakers” in the United States by MovieMaker Magazine. (February 2006) 
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale ranked #1 in a study of the best metropolitan areas for small businesses in the United States by (February 2006) 
  • Florida is among the “Top 10 fastest growing states,” in the country by the Census Bureau. (December 2005) 
  • Miami-Dade County is home to two of the “Top 10 Business Schools for Hispanics” in the United States. Hispanic Business Magazine ranked the University of Miami School of Business Administration #5 and the Chapman Graduate School of Business at Florida International University #9. (September 2005) 
  • Miami has placed third in the category of “Best Quality of Life” in fDi Magazine’s “US Cities and States of the Future 2005-06” awards. The State of Florida won second place for "Best Economic Potential." (June 2005) 
  • Miami ranks as #7 among the nation's top regions for entrepreneurship and innovation by the US Small Business Administration. (April 2005)  • Miami ranks as # 8 in the top best cities for independent filmmakers to live and make movies by MovieMaker magazine. (Winter 2005)
  • Miami-Ft. Lauderdale ranked as #2 in the Top Markets for Business Vitality by the American City Business Journals. (January 2005) 
  • South Florida ranks as one of the top 5 U.S. regions for attracting foreign investors'commercial real estate investments, according to a survey by Kingsley Associates, a real estate investment firm. (January 2005) 
  • Miami ranked #1 as the Most Exciting City by Wallpaper magazine in the inaugural awards issue. (January 2005)
  • Miami ranked #32 nationally among the top 50 metro areas in the "Metro Area and State Competitiveness Report 2004" prepared by the Beacon Hill Institute. (November 2004) 
  • Metropolitan Miami ranked # 22 overall among "America’s 100 Most Logistics FriendlyMetros," in the 2004 Logistics Quotient™ ranking by Expansion Management and Logistics Today magazines. (October 2004) 
  • Two Miami-Dade County companies ranked among the “100 Best Places to Work In Information Technology” in the country. Computerworld Magazine ranked the University of Miami in Coral Gables as #2, and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. as #13. (June 2004)
  • Miami has ranked among the top five markets for percentage growth in building permits in the nation by Builder Magazine. (May 2004)
  • Miami-Hialeah ranked among the “Top 25 Cities to Do Business in America” by Inc. Magazine. (March 2004) 
  • Miami ranked # 8 among the Top 10 “Best Cities for Entrepreneurs” by (October 2003) 
  • Miami ranked among the “Top 10 Large Metropolitan Areas with the Strongest Growth” by USA TODAY. (July 2003) 
  • Miami-Dade County ranked third in the nation for increase in businesses by the U.S. Department of Commerce Census Bureau. (April 2003) 
  • Miami International Airport reports that Miami-Dade County is # 1 for having More Flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, and #1 in International Freight for 2003
  • Miami was ranked # 7 in Top 30 U.S. Markets for Commercial Real Estate Investment and Development by Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2002. (Fall 2002) 
  • Miami ranked # 8 for Global Cities by Business Development OUTLOOK magazine. (June 2002) 
  • Miami ranked # 1 Healthiest City in the United States by Natural Health Magazine. (April 2002) 
  • Miami-Dade County was named among the Top Three Best Industrial Real Estate Markets for 2002 by the National Association of Realtors. (April 2002) 
  • Miami rated among the Top 15 Cities Most People Would Like to Live by The Harris Poll. (September 2001) 
  • Miami ranked as #4 among 100 Cities - Best Place to Raise a Child in the U.S. by Child magazine. (April 2001) 
  • Miami ranked # 5 in the World for the Top 20 Telecom Hubs byetwork magazi 

The Top Ten survey ranks Florida among the best places in the nation for conducting and succeeding in business due to its progressive pro-business policies, quality workforce and overall economic climate. The comprehensive national study, released annually by the Chicago-based Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc., examines 29 factors considered important in conducting and succeeding in business and through such indicators measures the business-friendliness of each state. 

The Golden, Colo.-based company, which surveyed clinical quality at nearly 5,000 hospitals across the country, evaluated clinical outcomes for 28 common procedures and diagnoses for Medicare patients from 1999 through 2005. To make the top 50, the hospitals had to be recognized as being in the top 5 percent in these clinical measures among national hospitals for five consecutive years. 

Expansion Management ranks metro areas according to 10 major categories: Transportation & Warehousing Industry, Transportation & Warehousing Workforce, Road Infrastructure, Road Density and Congestion, Road Condition, Interstate Highways, Taxes & Fees, Railroad Service, Waterborne Commerce, and Air Cargo. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, Fla. metro area was ranked 3rd for Transportation & Warehousing Industry, 4th for Transportation & Warehousing Workforce, and 4th for Air Cargo. 

To compile the listing of the best states for business, Forbes ranked all 50 states on 30 metrics in six main categories: business costs, economic climate, growth prospects, labor, quality of life and regulatory environment. 
The ranking was based on a number of factors, including job opportunities, affordable cost of living, the powerful political force of Hispanics in the area, and the area’s tribute to Latino heritage and cultural events. 
All counties in the United States were invited to participate in the 2006 Digital Counties Survey. County officials responded to questions that included more than 100 measurements and data points about online service delivery, infrastructure, architecture and governance models. 

The magazine ranks the schools by dividing the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests taken in the entire school by the number of students graduating the same year. Coral Reef Senior High in Southwest Miami-Dade, an all-magnet school with specialized curricula, was the region's highest-ranked school at 29. Also in the top 100 were Design and Architecture Senior High in the Miami Design District at 60, Palmetto Senior High in Pinecrest at 67 and MAST Academy on Virginia Key at 70. 

The Ernst & Young Global Biotechnology Report is widely used as a barometer of how regions of the country, as well as the world, fared from one year compared to the next, and how they compared to each other. The report is based on the number of companies in the state, which increased from 34 to 47 in the last year. 

The Brookings Institution ( is a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions. This survey examines continuing shifts in the nation’s metropolitan areas by race and ethnicity during the first part of the current decade. 

The report by the Tax Foundation looked at five areas: individual income taxes, major business taxes, sales taxes, unemployment insurance taxes and taxes on wealth or assets such as property. 

The survey called Miami "a 24-hour city with an internationally friendly business climate" that made South Florida attractive along with strong markets in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. 

Wallpaper Magazine states that a booming architectural scene, a thriving arts community and an economy that’s as thrusting as the beach-goers’ pecs make Miami this year’s hottest urban destination. 

The State and Metro Area Competitive Indexes are designed to measure the long-term competitiveness of an area. The Beacon Hill Institute considers a state or a metropolitan area to be competitive if it has in place the policies and conditions that ensure and sustain a high level of per capita income and its continued growth. To achieve this, a state or metropolitan area needs to be able both to attract and incubate new businesses, and to provide an environment that is conducive to the growth of existing firms. The rankings are a projection based on an analysis of cities and regions nationwide that are expected to grow and create jobs at a quicker that average pace as the economy rebounds.

The publication, released by PricewaterhouseCoopers, is a 62-page annual forecast of the US commercial real estate market -- offering in-depth insight, projections, guidance, and outlooks for the future. 
According to Sigrid Fennemore, a Senior Economist with the National Association of Realtors. 
The Harris Poll is a leading barometer of public opinion in the United States for more than 40 years.