Chamber membership enhances your credibility in the community; it sends the message to customers that you are a reputable company who actively participates in the local business community. Multiple studies have shown that consumers are 80% more confident doing business with a Chamber member.
Agriculture is a core component of Palm Beach County’s economy. 36% of the county’s land mass, 456,001 acres is dedicated to agriculture. According to Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service, Palm Beach County’s estimated $1.38 billion in total agricultural sales for 2014-15 leads the State of Florida and all counties east of the Mississippi River, and is one of the ten largest county agricultural industries in the United States.
Palm Beach County leads the nation in the production of sugarcane, fresh sweet corn, and sweet bell peppers. It leads the state in the production of rice, lettuce, radishes, Chinese vegetables, specialty leaf, and celery. Annual revenue within the county from landscape and landscape maintenance tops the state at $450 million.
Palm Beach County’s healthcare industry is a vital sector of the economy, accounting for 80,000 jobs in 4,800 healthcare-related businesses (source: emsi).
Palm Beach County residents and visitors have access to some of the nation’s best healthcare. Nine of the county’s state-of-the-art hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission, an industry accreditation and inspection organization, as “Top Performers” on key quality measures in 2013, the most recent year available.
The equestrian industry is one of Palm Beach County’s most signature economic sectors. No other place in the world can claim to have the highest concentration of sport horses in the world – some 7,000 during the polo and equestrian season.
The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), located in Wellington, is considered the most recognizable equestrian sporting venue in America. The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) held at the 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.
From powerful supercomputers and high-bandwidth connections to sophisticated distribution, service, and support providers, Palm Beach County benefits from a deep-rooted information technology and telecommunications sector.
With a strong base of knowledgeable, experienced workers, ready access to high-speed global networks and cooperative alliances, Palm Beach County provides a stimulating environment for technology and communication companies. The industry is bolstered overall by a world-class telecom infrastructure, a strong and ever-growing technology base, and an increasing number of highly experienced and multi-lingual workers coming from our state colleges and universities.
According to an American Electronics Association recent Cyberstates Report, Florida has the nation’s fourth-largest technology industry cluster.
Palm Beach County is filled with top-notch wealth management, corporate finance, accounting, legal, advertising, architecture and other professional service firms that benefit from one of the most favorable tax environments in the nation. In turn, they provide the expertise needed for other industries to succeed.
Palm Beach County firms cater to South Florida’s affluent corporations and individuals, and our diverse multilingual workforce allows these companies to serve regional, state, and global markets. Professional service companies here recruit top talent from the area’s many MBA programs.
Palm Beach County’s diverse manufacturing cluster includes sophisticated aviation and marine components, biomedical devices, pharmaceuticals, it hardware and software, printing and construction products.
Top 5 Reasons to manufacture in Palm Beach County:
1. Broad network of higher education, vocational education, and customized training programs.
2. Targeted industry incentives including sales and use tax exemptions, and tax credits and refunds for capital investment, R&D, and job creation.
3. Nationally recognized export assistance programs, robust financial and professional services industry, and strong logistics and distribution network.
4. Particular expertise in advanced materials, aerospace, biomedical, IT, defense, marine, and green technologies.
5. Unmatched access to Latin America and the Caribbean.
Palm Beach County is a recognized national leader in the aviation/aerospace/engineering industry, with more than 20,000 employees in 629 businesses.
Palm Beach County’s Aviation/Aerospace/Engineering industry began with a series of small airstrips that became a World War II military installation and evolved into an international hub for commercial air travel and cargo, air defense projects, and high-tech manufacturing. The industry boomed in the 1990’s when based aircraft and rocket-engine company Pratt & Whitney restructured and dozens of A/A/E companies moved to the county to capitalize on its available workers.
Palm Beach County Aviation/Aerospace/Engineering expertise includes research, development and production of commercial and private aircraft, helicopters, rocket and propulsion systems, and aircraft parts. Thousands of engineers, draftsman, technical designers, and architects have designed major international electronics, aviation, chemical, biotech, energy, infrastructure, and aerospace projects. Support services companies including FBOs, flight training schools, parts suppliers, maintenance and repair facilities, and industry-specific sales and staffing support the county’s advanced high-tech design and manufacturing businesses.
PBC Top Employer Information
Provided by the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
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Top 100 Employers in Palm Beach County