Invest: Palm Beach 2021 Launch Conference to showcase region’s potential

Invest: Palm Beach 2021 Launch Conference to showcase region’s potential

2021-09-28T15:29:44+00:00September 28th, 2021|Economy, Palm Beach, Press Releases|

Writer:  Alejandro Sanchez

2 min read September 2021 — With its proximity to Miami and Fort Lauderdale, a metropolitan region of 7 million people, and a labor force of 3.1 million workers, Palm Beach County is on track to achieve not only a full economic recovery but to experience a new era of prosperity in the post-pandemic landscape. The near-term horizon and the region’s strategies to guarantee success will be the focus of the official Invest: Palm Beach 2021 Launch Conference on Thursday, Oct. 21. 

During the launch for Invest: Palm Beach 2021, an annual business report compiled by media platform Capital Analytics, local industry and community leaders will come together to discuss the region’s economic climate and how to prepare for a post-pandemic future. Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker, and Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council Executive Director Glenn Jergensen will be the keynote speakers for the event. 

“We are thrilled to celebrate the release of our third edition of Invest: Palm Beach. There is a great deal of potential within the region and we’re excited to present the main players who are helping materialize those opportunities,” Capital Analytics CEO Abby Melone said. “Few publications deliver the in-depth business analysis we do for the markets we cover, including Palm Beach County. Palm Beach County is unique in that there are fewer resources to understand the local market than typically found in other promising markets, so we are happy to be able to showcase the unparalleled potential of the region.”

Melone will present the opening remarks for the conference, which starts at 11 a.m. on Zoom Webinar. She will be followed by an opening keynote speech by Verdenia Baker, two robust panel discussions and a closing keynote speech by Glenn Jergensen.  

The first panel, “Healthcare Innovation: How the industry is tackling healthcare’s most pressing challenges,” will look at the transformations in the industry as well as its role in the process of economic recovery. Moderated by Alina Alonso, MD, Director, Florida Department of Health – Palm Beach County, the panelists will be Florida Blue Market President Penny Shaffer; Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital CEO Caitlin Stella; and Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University Dean and Professor Safiya George Dalmida. 

The second panel, “Community Minded: How Palm Beach County is addressing challenges related to infrastructure, redevelopment and mobility,” will explore the most pressing infrastructural needs for the region and how local authorities are tackling them. Moderated by Andrew Duffell, President, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, the panelists will be Palm Beach International Airport Director Laura Beebe, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Raphael Clemente, and PBC Planning, Zoning and Building Executive Director Ramsay Bulkeley.

The Invest: Palm Beach 2021 report provides an in-depth look at what makes the region’s economy tick and the challenges that remain from the perspective of over 200 local leaders and elected officials. 

The steady supply of a well-educated workforce along with the strong, collaborative environment among academic communities, state and local government and private industry have bolstered Palm Beach County and made the region a popular landing point for businesses and residents alike. In fact, the opportunities brought by relocations to Palm Beach County is a main focus of this year’s report. 

Invest: Palm Beach 2021 looks at the region’s key industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, finance, logistics, technology, infrastructure, life sciences and tourism, that drive the local economy, while considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Palm Beach County has enjoyed continuous growth and economic expansion in recent years. Based on this solid foundation, the region is poised to emerge stronger in a post-COVID-19 landscape. 

More than 500 Palm Beach business leaders are expected to attend the digital conference. Click here to register.

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