Why Palm Beach

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Palm Beach County
is the third most populous county in the state of Florida with a population of 1,345,652 (year round).

Located in Southeast Florida, the 2,000-square-mile region is the largest county southeast of the Mississippi River and is larger than two U.S. states- Rhode Island and Delaware.

Palm Beach County consists of 39 cities and towns.

The center of the county is approximately 60 miles north of Miami and 150 miles southeast of Orlando.

The Atlantic Ocean touches the eastern half of the county with coastal and beach areas ranging for 47 miles from north to south.

The northwest part of the county includes Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the United States.

Palm Beach County contains more 1,000,000 square feet of meeting space and over 17,000 rooms in more than 200 hotels18 with more than 5,000 square feet of space each.

Western Palm Beach County leads the nation in the production of sugarcane, sweet corn, and sweet bell peppers. It leads the State in the production of rice, lettuce, radishes, Chinese vegetables, specialty leaf and celery.

Eighteen percent of all sugar in the United States is produced here. Sugar cane covers some 400,000 acres or about one-third of the county’s overall land mass.

Agriculture output for Palm Beach County ranks highest in the state, nearly doubling the next largest county, Miami-Dade. The agriculture industry in Palm Beach County consists of roughly 1,400 farms with over $1 billion in sales of crops and a $10 billion economic impact.

Education

The School District of Palm Beach County has the highest graduation rate of Florida’s largest school districts and is home to over 330 award-winning programs.

The District has 1,284 business partners in all industries, including banking, bio-tech, utilities, engineering, retail, medical, communication, hospitality, and construction

Dreyfoos School of the Arts ranked 78th and Suncoast High ranked 53rd on the list of the top 100 national high schools according to Newsweek magazine (2016).


Travel

Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is located just 2.5 miles from top resorts, pristine beaches, the Palm Beach County Convention Center and Convention Center Hotel, and West Palm Beach’s thriving downtown district. PBI has nearly 200 daily non-stop arrivals and departures to more than 25 destinations in the US, Canada and the Caribbean on 13 domestic and international airlines.  PBI serves over six million passengers each year, and was voted sixth best airport in the U.S. by the readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine in 2016.  It was voted in the top 5 medium size airports, receiving the 2016 Traveler's Choice Award from TripAdvisor and was the top 5 Highest Ranked Airports for Ease and Accessing Parking and Getting to the Terminal according to Airport Revenue News (2016). PBI was also named the best TSA checkpoint in the U.S. according to a J.D. Power survey and was featured for this in a Conde Nast Traveler article.

The Port of Palm Beach is the 4th busiest container port of Florida’s 15 deep water ports, and it is the 20th busiest container port in the United States. It is also the only South Florida port with on-dock rail. Five miles of port-owned track that is directly linked to the Florida East Coast Rail Company (FEC) and switches to the CSX and NFS.

Passengers can travel on the Brightline, a new express train service that connects Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach in about an hour. Service from Miami to Orlando will take about 3 hours.

Sports & Lifestyle

The Palm Beaches are Florida’s Golf Capital® and the spring training home to the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins, who train at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. Class A Florida State League games are played here throughout the summer.

The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches is the spring training facility for the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros, along with their many fans. The state-of-the-art, two-team facility offers a fan-friendly layout with a 6,500-seat stadium as its centerpiece. The Astros and Nationals training areas each feature a sixfield layout that is inviting and easily navigated by fans.

There are more than 1,000 private and public tennis courts throughout the county for all skill levels. The Delray Beach Tennis Center, an 8,200-seat stadium, accommodates the annual International Tennis Championships in January and February.

The National Croquet Center, located in West Palm Beach, is the largest of its kind in the world, boasting a 19,000-square-foot clubhouse and accommodates tournaments, basic instruction, private parties and events.

Florida Atlantic University is home to the annual Boca Raton Bowl, the NCAA Mid-American Conference championship game.

Polo season takes place annually January through April, and the International Polo Club in Wellington is host to some of the biggest names and tournaments in the world. The Palm Beaches are considered the world’s winter equestrian capital.

The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) is the largest and longest-running circuit in horse sport, a 12-week show jumping competition for hunters, jumpers, and equitation held annually from January through April. WEF is produced and managed by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC.(ESP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Wellington Equestrian Partners, which also owns and operates the PBIEC.

Saltwater and freshwater fishing enthusiasts alike enjoy some of the best fishing opportunities in North America. Other outdoor sports enjoyed year-round are tennis, softball, soccer, bicycling, in-line skating, shuffleboard, boating, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, surfing, wind surfing and kite boarding, beach volleyball, water skiing, kayaking and canoeing.

Palm Beach County is home to more than 200 theaters, museums, arts centers, indoor and outdoor performance stages, and other cultural venues and is considered among the world’s most celebrated cultural destinations.

Where can you get more information?

Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
310 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561.835.1008


Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO
ksmallridge@bdb.org
 
Gary Hines, Senior Vice President, Administration
ghines@bdb.org

Brian Cartland, Vice President, Business Recruitment
bcartland@bdb.org

Shawn Rowan, Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion
srowan@bdb.org

Shereena Coleman, Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion
scoleman@bdb.org

Luke Jackson, Vice President, The Glades Region
ljackson@bdb.org

 

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