The Marine Industries Association of South Florida
South Florida has the largest marine industry in the U.S., and The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) is the largest marine trade organization in the Southeast United States. It’s dedicated to promoting, protecting, and growing the 111,000 jobs in Broward County and 142,000 jobs regionally in marine businesses. The MIASF promotes boating lifestyles from family cruising and fishing to yachts and the goods and services that sustain them, driving the economic output to $8.9 billion in Broward County and $12 billion regionally.
Through its programs, advocacy efforts, services and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the MIASF has raised the awareness of its impactful contributions by the public and regulatory officials at the local, state, and federal levels. And MIASF members continue to help foster a reputation for the region, known as the goods and service center of the world for the yachting and marine community. Pier Sixty-Six Marina is a member of MIASF and Megan Lagasse our Marine Director is on the board of directors.
Here’s some information on upcoming MIASF events and initiatives:
Ocean Exchange – Fort Lauderdale
Monday, October 28th through Wednesday, October 30th at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau Ballroom
This event is put on by The Marine Research Hub of South Florida, a non-profit alliance of marine research universities and community supporters. Their mission is to create global change through awareness, conservation and collaborative study of our natural Florida marine habitat and ocean life.
Ocean Exchange encourages collaborative research that leads to the commercialization of marketable solutions to some of the Earth’s most pressing challenges and establish the region as a BlueTech Cluster, supporting investment and growth of knowledge-based ocean industries where information is shared, and organizations jointly pursue business development opportunities.
“By partnering with Ocean Exchange, the Marine Research Hub has created a pipeline of academic research, economic development, and start-up funding that is a model for the rest of the country,” said Kelly Skidmore, MIASF Public Relations Director.
Salty Jobs video series
Salty Jobs, is a three-to-four-minute video series geared toward young people entering the workforce, showcasing a variety of jobs being performed by its host, Sean Smith, who is also MIASF’s director of development. Details of specific education or certification requirements for each job, as well as salary ranges, are revealed during interviews with people in the business, from entry level positions to senior management, and even entrepreneurs. These videos were created in response to the marine industry’s growing need for skilled tradesmen and women. MIASF is professionally producing and branding an educational video series that identifies the many employment opportunities and career paths available through the marine industry, which typically pay 16% higher than the State average.
Sean Smith, host of Salty Jobs, said, “I’ve met so many people who are passionate about what they are doing in the marine industry, and it’s very rewarding to share their stories and experiences with the next generation of talented workers.”
Salty Jobs episodes are currently being shown in South Florida K-12 public schools, colleges, and universities, at state-funded CareerSource Centers (workforce development), at meetings and events of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and other economic development organizations, at Broward County Six Pillars events, as part of national marine industry conferences, and during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
MIASF Workforce / Education Committee Meetings
This committee meets monthly and was created to address the growing need for skilled trades men and women to work in the marine industry as the current workforce begins to retire. The Broward school system enables workforce development through an educational development ladder that begins with a marine magnet program at New River Middle School, continues at South Broward High School and can culminate with certification at the marine service tech program at McFatter Technical College, the newly-created apprenticeship program at Atlantic Technical College, or the marine engineering program at Broward College.
Currently Jennifer, our dockmaster here at Pier Sixty-Six Marina, volunteers as a judge. She sits on a panel and the high school kids apply for different jobs in the industry such as welders, cruise industry, marine hospitality and crew, in order to get valuable feedback.
For more information about MIASF please contact:
Marine Industries Association of South Florida
Owners of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
221 SW 3rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312