A diverse population of workers lives in southern Dade County and the Upper Keys within a 20 minute drive to the Homestead Park of Commerce. These subdivisions include white-collar suburbs south of Miami, the resort-oriented community of Key Largo, as well as predominantly agricultural areas bordering the Everglades. More than 40% of these adults have some college education.

Expanding the commuting time to 30 or 40 minutes more than doubles the available workforce and would add some of Miami’s most exclusive and sophisticated subdivisions, such as Coral Gables, South Miami, Brickell and Coconut Grove. Here are some of the workforce attributes that you can call upon:

International expertise

Management candidates and professionals in South Dade include a very high number with international trade experience and foreign language skills.

Military-trained personnel

Retired-but-still-able military officers also reside in high numbers, and have traditionally provided a deep pool of management and technical expertise to South Dade businesses.

Top talent in the Keys

The adjacent Upper Keys area, including Key Largo, Islamorada, Ocean Reef and Tavernier, provides winter or year-round homes to many of the country’s top executives and entrepreneurs. Recent downsizing and consolidation in Florida’s airline, computer and telecommunications industries also assures a pool of trained executives, professionals and technologists.

The right to work

Employees and employers in Florida are constitutionally-protected by the right-to-work regardless of membership or non-membership in a labor organization.


South Florida Workforce is the regional division of Workforce Florida that serves the South Miami-Dade area.  It provides high-quality employment and training designed to foster regional economic growth to job seekers, workers, and employers.  State of Florida programs designed to assist in workforce development include:

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