North Palm Beach Area Information

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North Palm Beach Area Information

From bioscience and technology to health care, tourism and real estate, a wave of new business investment is flowing into North Palm Beach County. Spurred by the growth of Scripps Florida’s world-class research facilities in Jupiter, the region is enjoying strong growth in virtually every economic sector.

“North Palm Beach County is filled with a wide array of diverse business opportunities,” said Casey Steinbacher, CCE, president and CEO, North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. “Many of our long-time businesses are taking advantage of our many assets by expanding their operations, while newcomers are impressed by both our warm business climate and exceptionally high quality of life.”

A fast-growing economic development driver for North Palm Beach County is Scripps Florida, now operating from temporary facilities on the Abacoa campus of Florida Atlantic University (FAU). And even as construction crews move ahead with Scripps permanent three-building research complex, the region is generating start-ups and attracting new bioscience companies.

North Palm Beach County is also strengthening its commercial base, while attracting new residents and skilled workers. For instance, Menin Development Companies, Inc. in 2006 unveiled its newest concept, Downtown at the Gardens, an award-winning 350,000-square-foot shopping, dining and entertainment destination that has produced more than 1,600 jobs.

“This project has spurred additional commercial growth and public interest in the PGA Corridor, helping to bolster revenue for a number of area businesses,” said Craig I. Menin, founder and president. The company also recently completed construction on its new headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens. “While our plans include expansion throughout the United States, the City of Palm Beach Gardens will always be considered our home,” he said.

Another major player in commercial and residential real estate is Catalfumo Construction and Development, Inc., also based in Palm Beach Gardens. To date, Catalfumo Construction has completed more than 30 million square feet of construction in South Florida with an aggregate contract value of $2 billion.

A strong communications network is another of the region’s infrastructure strengths. One of the leaders is AT&T, which provides an unsurpassed variety of wireless, voice, entertainment and Internet communications products and services for businesses and consumers, according to Catherine McKenzie, area director, AT&T Florida. “By offering comprehensive, innovative service bundles, AT&T enables millions of consumers and businesses to take advantage of competitive pricing and a single bill for wireline and wireless voice and data, broadband Internet and messaging services,” she said.

In addition to North Palm Beach Countys existing highly skilled workforce, the region’s highly regarded schools, colleges and universities prepare students for jobs with top employers like FPL Group, based in Juno Beach, and a growing array of technology companies.

Led by President/CEO Frank O’Neill, Agilis Group Inc., Palm Beach Gardens, provides value-added engineering services with a team of more than 125 employees. Agilis Engineering, Inc. specializes in gas turbine engineering, while Agilis Measurement Systems, Inc. offers Non-intrusive Stress Measurement System (NSMS) products and services, also known as blade tip timing. Agilis Measurement Systems, Inc. provides state-of-the-art solutions for measuring and analyzing high cycle fatigue blade vibrations and engine health monitoring.

“The strength of the engineering/development sector in the north county area is tremendous,” said Fay Johnson, Agilis human resources coordinator. “We are expecting continued growth in this industry.”

In the financial sector, North Palm Beach is served by industry-leading banks, credit unions and professional firms like RSM McGladrey, which provides accounting, tax and business consulting. Together with McGladrey & Pullen LLP, a partner-owned CPA firm, the companies rank as the fifth largest U.S. provider of accounting, tax and business consulting services.

RSM McGladrey is the official accounting, tax and business consulting firm of The PGA of America, whose national headquarters is located in Palm Beach Gardens.

And golf is just one of North Palm Beach Countys many recreational offerings. With 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, as well as boating, canoeing, fishing, tennis, bicycling and horseback facilities, the region is an attractive year-round visitor destination.

Sports fans can enjoy World Series champions Florida Marlins (2003) and the St. Louis Cardinals (2006) play their spring training games at Roger Dean Stadium in Abacoa. In the summer, residents can watch the minor league Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals at the 7,000-seat stadium, which also hosts youth leagues, concerts and corporate events.

“Spring training alone has a $45 million economic impact on our community,” said Rob Rabenecker, general manager, Roger Dean Stadium. “And we have a full calendar of baseball tournaments and activities throughout the year. On a typical summer weekend we bring 20 to 72 youth teams, along with their parents and coaches, to North Palm Beach County hotels and restaurants.”

Other attractions include Moroso Motorsports Park, which holds 850 racing events annually, attracting more than 1 million people. As a result, the Palm Beach Gardens entertainment attraction has a $25 million economic impact on the region, earning the facility a 2006 Providencia Award for doing the most to benefit tourism in Palm Beach County.

On the coast, Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) recently opened its new 12,000-square-foot sea turtle rehabilitation and education campus. The new center houses exhibits, live sea turtles and other coastal creatures as well as educational displays about South Floridas marine environment.

“We are tremendously grateful for the outpouring of support the LMC has received,” said Nanette Lawrenson, executive director, referring to the centers successful campaign to raise $4 million for the building and another $2 million for exhibits and equipment. “We are thrilled to provide more educational and exhibit space for the community.”

Turning to the health care sectors, leading providers include Jupiter Medical Center (JMC), a private, not-for-profit, community-based medical center with 156 acute-care hospital beds and the highly rated Pavilion, a 120-bed facility specializing in rehabilitation, skilled nursing and long-term care.

Fully accredited by the Joint Commission, JMC provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in orthopedics, minimally invasive vascular procedures, cancer care, womens services, advanced diagnostics, treatment for digestive disorders, a sleep center, wound care and pain management. The medical center is a major employer in northern Palm Beach County with a staff of more than 1,400 employees, 460 physicians and 1,100 volunteers.

“Jupiter Medical Center continues to set the standard for clinical quality and personalized health care, combining cutting-edge technology with compassionate care and the human touch,” said Paul Dell Uomo, CEO.

To meet the needs of the growing community, JMC has invested $10 million to expand its emergency department. Future developments include the Raso Education Center, a 250-seat auditorium with classroom space.

Just to the south, Columbia Hospital is a 250-bed acute-care facility located at Interstate 95 and 45th Street that offers a broad spectrum of medical, surgical and mental health services as well as an outpatient center. Serving residents of Palm Beach County for more than 30 years, Columbia Hospital is fully accredited and employs approximately 650 people with a medical staff of over 400 physicians.

Summing up the regions healthy business climate, Steinbacher said, “Our Chamber members are filled with energy and enthusiasm, as we move forward and build an even more attractive, prosperous and vibrant community.”
( Excerpt from Northern Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce)