Economic yearbook 2011
West Palm beach / palm beach county
|Palm Beach Population: 1,327,170|
|Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 1.21%|
|Population by Age:|
|Per Capita Income: $54,631|
PALM BEACH COUNTY GOALS
Get more of a return, in the form of jobs and company startups and relocations, on the $500 million laid out by the state and county to recruit Scripps to Jupiter to jumpstart a life sciences hub in the county.
Become one of the first urban counties to implement a local economic strategy framework that mirrors the Florida Chamber Foundation's "Six Pillars."
Find ways to match or exceed rival communities in Florida, the Carolinas and Georgia in streamlining governmental approvals for relocating or expanding businesses.
Increase exports and imports.
Increase outreach to companies in key states, primarily in the Northeast.
In January, county convention and visitors bureau CEO Jorge Pesquera (at right) reported the county led the state in occupancy growth with nearly 10%.
"Travel and tourism is looking much stronger," says Dennis Grady, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.
[Photo: Scott Wiseman]