Endless Summer, Endless Possibilities

Everyone loves summertime. It conjures happy memories—time off from school, family picnics and vacations, swimming in the ocean, picnicking on the shore. But summertime is not just a season. It’s a sentiment, reminding us of the joys of being surrounded by natural beauty and enjoying the outdoors.

For Palm Beach County’s CEOs and employees, this is their reality, all year long.
No longer just a winter retreat or beach destination, Palm Beach County is a thriving business hub that nurtures growth and creates wealth while preserving its natural beauty and ease, making the year-round lifestyle here an “endless summer.” A vibrant business location with swaying palm trees, ocean breezes, and an average temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit might seem like a dream. But that dream comes true every day for the more than 50,000 companies in The Palm Beaches.

From the moment you arrive at Palm Beach International Airport, you will sense that things are different here. This airport serves the global business community, with 200 daily nonstop arrivals and departures on 13 domestic and international airlines to 25 destinations. And yet it still maintains a welcoming, “small airport” feel. Ranked one of the most convenient, stress-free airports in the country, Palm Beach International Airport is located just 2.5 miles from the Palm Beach County Convention Center, Convention Center Hotel, and West Palm Beach’s thriving downtown district, offering convenient access to the County’s 39 cities. As you begin the ten-minute drive to downtown West Palm Beach, you know right away that you and your business are welcome here.

Several companies are relocating to Palm Beach County—especially in aviation and aerospace, corporate headquarters operations, professional and financial services, information technology, health and life sciences, logistics, and distribution and manufacturing. In the past year alone, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County has supported more than 27 relocation and expansion projects.

The establishment of the Downtown Financial District in West Palm Beach reflects the continued high level of interest from financial services companies, as funds and firms in the Northeast recognize the benefits of relocating to this affluent, low-tax community.  The presence of two major research centers—the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Scripps Florida—is supporting a surge in life sciences and related businesses. Plus, partnerships and professional development programs at the dozen-plus surrounding universities ensure a qualified workforce in science, technology, finance, and management.

And then there is the Brightline—a high-speed rail service that will connect West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando—which is now in its final stages of construction and testing. This will making traveling from Palm Beach County to these major Florida cities even more convenient.

Simply put, employees love living here. Palm Beach County has 47 miles of Atlantic Coast beaches; the Intracoastal Waterway; 125 peaceful boating waterways; the nation’s best bass fishing (the 730 square miles of Lake Okeechobee); proximity to the Gulf Stream, blessing the area with comfortable ocean temperatures for divers and snorkelers; more than 20 reefs; an abundance of deep-water wrecks; 79 county parks (including two water parks and more than 8,000 acres of beautiful land to hike); and direct access to the Florida Everglades.

A major center for golf and equestrian activities, art and culture, and emerging chefs in a growing restaurant scene, The Palm Beaches offer a lifestyle haven. It’s all this, with the added benefits of no state or local income tax, that make doing business in The Palm Beaches a pleasure.