DATE: October 30, 2013
CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe
Public Information Manager
Broward County Commission
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - The 54th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show brings people from all over the world to Broward County. An enthusiastic interest in the marine industry, boats and economic development is the draw for Italy’s Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Carlo Calenda, and Italy’s Ambassador to the U.S., Claudio Bisogniero.
Both will be welcomed guests of the Broward County Commission at a ceremony planned on October 31 at 3:30 p.m. in the Governmental Center in Fort Lauderdale.
“The boat show is a signature event in Broward County and it gives us an opportunity to build strong relationships with key people who come here for the event,” said Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief, who will welcome the Italian guests. Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca will present a proclamation.
There are more than 22 Italian companies in Broward County including Mapei, Ferretti Group, MSC, Astaldi and others. Italy is the 6th largest trading partner for the U.S and the 23rd largest market for U.S. exports with a trade value of $52.9 billion. The U.S. is Italy’s eighth largest supplier.
The Italian marine industry is the largest one in the European Union and represents an excellent prospect for U.S. products. Fort Lauderdale is the Yachting Capital of the World where every year the world’s largest boat show is held.