2022 Prosperity Agenda

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Shared Purpose Foster a partnership of private, public, education, and civic organizations working together to ensure Palm Beach North is Florida’s “Prosperity Coast.”

Strategic Imperatives

Prosperous Economy

High Quality of Life

Smart and Connected Region

Regional Leadership


PROSPEROUS ECONOMY

Foster innovation and diversify our economy by growing targeted industries and supporting higher education initiatives. Promote public infrastructure and workforce training across Palm Beach County through funding from the Florida Jobs Growth Grant. Support resources for Florida Atlantic University's (FAU) “University of Distinction” designation in Applied Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics (AI/Data). Ensure funding for the construction of new buildings, and the ongoing maintenance and operation of Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) facilities. Ensure continued support and development of Bioscience Research in Palm Beach North (e.g. Biomedical Research Trust Fund investment and allocations). Ensure continued support of funding of the Max Planck Scientific Fellows program at FAU to train the next generation of the best and brightest researchers from Florida’s graduate institutions and beyond, as well as achieve nationwide recognition of the Jupiter Science Campus as a uniquely outstanding and internationally competitive scientific and working environment.

Promote and support business recruitment and retention in Palm Beach North. Ensure continued support for Enterprise Florida and programs within the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO), including but not limited to Small Business Assistance, Economic Development, and Workforce Investments. Ensure continued sensible tax policy, including further reduction or elimination of business rent tax.

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PROSPEROUS ECONOMY

Foster the creation and growth of small businesses in Palm Beach North. Support Enterprise Florida’s assistance to small businesses. Ensure continued support for Florida’s Small Business Development Center network. Prepare the Workforce of Tomorrow through collaborative engagement and support for Palm Beach State College (PBSC), FAU, the School District of Palm Beach County, and CareerSource Palm Beach County, including partnerships with the Palm Beach North business community by providing small business training, workforce development, and internships. Support and promote greater access to affordable healthcare through more transparency and quality measures.

Develop and retain a skilled workforce to meet Palm Beach North employer needs. Support workforce grant funding and other funding initiatives that aid career and vocationalbased training, advising, and curriculum for CareerSource Palm Beach County, PBSC, and the School District of Palm Beach County.

Identify and implement economic development priorities. Continue to promote and support Workers Compensation reforms. Continue to promote and support Sober Homes and Addiction Recovery Regulation, as well as associated legislation to address Palm Beach County’s opioid crisis. Continue to support the authorization of expanded gaming opportunities in Palm Beach County (e.g. sports betting) at licensed pari-mutuel facilities, including supporting the 2021 Seminole Compact. Protect home rule authority, preserve essential local control, and oppose statewide preemptions, except under conditions where State preemption is appropriate.

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HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE Coordinate local growth, development, and environmental stewardship plans. Enact long-term, economically viable, sustainable water and environmental policies, including but not limited to: Provide adequate funding and other resources with accountability requirements for Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the Water Districts, including necessary research for causes of algae and red tide issues. Develop a State program for a strategy and funding to convert septic to sewer. Provide a strategy and funding for the implementation of Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). To ensure improved water quality in the Loxahatchee River Watershed, support appropriations requests that have been approved and ranked by the Loxahatchee River Preservation initiative.

Expand housing options, with a concentration in funding essential services housing by: Full funding and protection of the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Funds. Dedicated funding investment by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC), creating neighborhood mobility options that will connect to current public transit networks.

Promote and enhance the pre-K through 12 education system. Support Charter School Options and accountability. Support early learning and pre-K programs, including teacher retention. Support increased State funding for school safety, security, and mental health services.

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HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE Promote Palm Beach North as a tourist destination, including growth of the hospitality industry. Oppose reduction of funding for Visit Florida. Support continued reauthorization of Visit Florida. Support beach and inlet management appropriations for Palm Beach North communities on a Local, State, and Federal level. Assure Tourist Development Tax dollars are used to promote increased tourism. Support funding for local public safety initiatives to promote tourism in Palm Beach North.

Develop a regional risk and disaster preparedness plan, along with a recovery strategy. Strongly support a statewide plan for catastrophic disasters and resiliency with the establishment of metrics.

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SMART AND CONNECTED REGION

Lead in smart region/city technologies.

Support key enabling legislation and policy for technological innovation without overregulation. Promote grant funding opportunities from Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), FDEO, and other appropriate State agencies. Promote establishment of data center(s) in close proximity to Palm Beach North. Expand State definition of “economic development” to include technology implementation (for use of sales tax dollars). Support of key Transportation and Logistics Initiatives, as well as appropriate FDOT funding.

Prepare for multimodal transportation systems. Champion innovations in all modes of transportation. Ensure only authorized use of the State Transportation Trust Fund. Support funding for the expansion of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail in its efforts to further improve connections between neighboring municipalities in Palm Beach North.

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REGIONAL LEADERSHIP WE COVER

SERVING 650+ BUSINESSES

EMPLOYING 45,000+ PEOPLE

ACROSS 40 UNIQUE CATEGORIES

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For additional information, please contact: Kathleen Dempsey Director of Community Engagement Kathleen@pbnchamber.com