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Growing the Life Sciences Sector | The Business of Sports | Quality Education


Winter 2016

A Quarterly Economic Development Publication

Cool Workplaces




Business of Sports

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Deep roots in biotechnology and bioscience Leaders Discuss Impact on County

News & Events

West Palm Beach Welcomes Wexford Capital Boca a ‘Top Five’ City! Relocations & Expansions

Quality Education


Where Are They Now?


Cool Workplaces for Millennials


A Key Driver in Economic Development A Riviera Beach Business Update

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Creating a Strong, Sustainable Life Sciences Sector

Welcome from the President TO OUR MEMBERS AND PARTNERS: As a high-energy innovative organization, the Business Development Board is continually looking for new ways to stimulate economic energy, promote business diversity, and enrich the vitality of Palm Beach County. In that spirit, we recently launched a comprehensive survey of our county’s life sciences sector, which is making a growing contribution to the regional economy. You can read more about this initiative in this issue of Palm Beach County Business, and be sure to visit our new life sciences website, If you are wondering about the workplace of the future, it’s already here in Palm Beach County. Our talented architects and designers – as well as creative, forward-looking companies – have created exciting office spaces that appeal to Millennials, Gen Xers and Boomers alike. This is one of the ways that our business community is focusing on recruiting and retaining talented professionals who are making a positive impact on our county. Education is an important theme for all of us at the BDB. We understand the importance of offering a varied range of high-quality programs to students and their families, while supporting the workforce needs of area businesses, To help achieve those goals, we work closely with the Palm Beach County School District, private schools, colleges and universities, as well as the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, CareerSource and other public and private organizations. Looking ahead to next year, I’m excited by the great response we have received so far to our “Claim Your Future Showcase” planned for the Palm Beach County Convention Center in February. Leading employers will spotlight their activities and get junior and senior high school students excited about the career opportunities we offer right here at home. Thank you all for supporting education and economic development in Palm Beach County!

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Creating a Strong, Sustainable

Life Sciences Sector

Palm Beach County has deep roots in the life sciences sector. Entrepreneurial physicians, dentists and surgeons launched “homegrown” biotech companies like 3i (Implant Innovations, Inc.) and the Anspach Companies, both now part of global organizations. The arrival of noted research institutes Scripps Florida and Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, brought the region’s life sciences sector to a new level.

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NIH GRANTS For the 2014-15 federal fiscal year, grants by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Florida research institutions reached $521 million, a new record, according to a recent study by the Palm Beach Post. Although nationally, NIH grants were down 1 percent, Florida grants rose 10 percent over 2014. In Palm Beach County: n Scripps Florida rose 24 percent to $36 million. n Max Planck increased 107 percent to $3.6 million. n Florida Atlantic University received $4.6 million.

“Today, we have a critical mass in the life sciences,” says John Couris, president and CEO, Jupiter Medical Center, and co-chair of the Business Development Board’s Life Sciences Task Force. “Our challenge now is to extend that presence across our county and create a strong and sustainable sector for generations to come.” Together, Scripps and Max Planck employ more than 700 people, with over 200 arriving in the last four years, said Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB). “We understand that at least 14 companies have been created, expanded, or moved here due to their presence. Clearly, they have had an impact, but we believe that impact could be magnified.” To help keep the life sciences sector moving forward, the BDB recently launched a new site,, that showcases the county’s assets and brings key players together. “Many people don’t realize that Palm Beach County has divisions of Johnson & Johnson and Zimmer Biomet, and the headquarters of Cancer Treatment Centers of America,” said Smallridge. “In fact, nobody has a really good handle on exactly what science is happening here, what collaborations are taking place, and what opportunities there are to push our strengths forward.” In August the BDB kicked off a major study by consulting firm Facility Logix to better understand the current landscape of the life science sector, and the challenges and opportunities for growth. The study will provide a comprehensive inventory of the county’s life sciences companies, institutions, support organizations, other entities, plus a blueprint for progress over the next 10-15 years.


The BDB’s Life Sciences and Healthcare Industry Cluster Task Force n John Couris, Jupiter Medical Center - co-chair n Gina Melby, JFK Medical Center - co-chair n David Bjorkman, M.D., M.S.P.H., Florida Atlantic University, College of Medicine n Rina Dukor, BioTools n Daniel Flynn, Florida Atlantic University n Michael Gregson, Wavefront Health Technologies n Matthias Haury, Max Planck Florida Institute n Ken Kirby, Transdermal Delivery Solutions n Tom Kodakek, Scripps Research Institute Florida n Ferris Lander, Ferris H. Lander, Inc. n Becky Ann Mercer, Palm Beach State College n Huntley Miller, Career Source Palm Beach County n Barbara Noble, Max Planck Florida Institute n Sheila Poirier, BioTest n Fred Sancilio, Sancilio and Company n Bernard Siegel, World Stem Cell Summit n Ofelia Utset, Opko Health n David Willoughby, Ocean Ridge Biosciences n Claudia Zylberberg, Akron Biotech

“The results will be presented to private, education and government stakeholders for strategic planning purposes, and be used to create a solid coalition to enact short and longterm initiatives to foster the industry in Palm Beach County,” Smallridge said. Meanwhile, the region’s healthcare institutions are adding clinical trials and academic medicine programs, aligning their services with life sciences research and commercialization programs. For example, JFK Medical Center in Atlantis is a teaching affiliate of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Jupiter Medical Center recently announced a partnership with Mount Sinai Heart New York at Jupiter Medical Center, to enhance cardiac patient care services and research John Couris in South Florida. “Jupiter Medical Center has a long history in clinical research,” said Couris. “We have a clinical research review board looking at other prospective studies in cardiology, oncology, orthopedics and other fields.”

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In 2014, JMC launched the Joe Namath Neurological Research Center to study and combat the debilitating effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). “We are using hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat injured patients, including men and women in the military,” Couris said. “We have already seen measurable improvements, and if our clinical study shows this treatment works, it can be taken to the patient’s bedside.” In addition, Palm Beach County is home to five universities, including Florida Atlantic University, whose Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is building the county’s strengths in basic, applied and translational biomedical research. Palm Beach State College also supports the industry with a 90,000 square-foot Bioscience Technology Complex on its Palm Beach Gardens campus. “Clearly, Palm Beach County has become a destination for cutting-edge healthcare and life sciences treatment and research,” said Gina Melby, CEO, HCA Palm Beach Hospitals and BDB chair. “We will continue on that path for decades to come.”



Discuss Impact on County

Steve Politziner moderates panel discussion

Steve Politziner, George Linley, Mike Bauer, Ken Kennerly, Doug Mosley

From baseball’s spring training games to the Honda Classic, the Boca Bowl and the Winter Equestrian Festival, sports has a year-round impact on the Palm Beach County economy. “Sports brings dollars into our region and plays a big role in economic development,” said BDB president and CEO Kelly Smallridge at a November 17 breakfast panel session at the Marriott West Palm Beach. Steve Politziner, VP/GM of ESPN West Palm Beach, moderated a lively panel discussion with George Linley, executive director, Palm Beach County Sports Commission; Mike Bauer, general manager, Roger Dean Stadium; Ken Kennerly, executive director, The Honda Classic; and Doug Mosley, executive director, Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. Linley began the discussion by providing an overview of the county’s sports offerings, including gymnastics, tennis, swimming, biking, lacrosse, fencing and running. Last year, the sports commission supported 138 different events that brought in $264 million in direct visitor spending. “The Winter Equestrian Festival is one of the largest events,” Linley added. “Polo and other equestrian competitions have worldwide appeal, and we had 15,000 participants travel here and stay for a month or longer.” Kennerly said golf continues to be a major attraction for both amateurs and PGA professionals. “We’ve seen steady growth in attendance and viewership of The Honda Classic over the years,” he added. Last year’s Boca Bowl was such a success that a major sponsor signed up for this year’s game, which will be held December 22 at Florida Atlantic University Stadium and be televised nationally. “Our goal is to have two great teams compete, bring down their fans and showcase Boca Raton on TV,” said Mosley. Bauer noted that approval for a new spring training ballpark in West Palm Beach is good news for Roger Dean Stadium as well. “We will now have four Major League Baseball teams playing close to each other on the I-95 corridor,” he said. “We believe this concentration may also entice other clubs to bring their spring training activities back to Florida from Arizona.” When Politziner asked how businesses can take advantage of sports activity, Linley said, “All our venues offer great opportunities to brand your business and get in front of players, families and other fans. By supporting them, you let them know you consider yourself to be an important part of the community.”



News Events West Palm Beach Welcomes Wexford Capital Palm Beach County’s high quality of life was the key reason Wexford Capital LP opened a new office in West Palm Beach in early 2015. “You don’t have to put up with the snow and cold weather,” said Joseph M. Jacobs, president of the investment advisory firm, which has other offices in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Oklahoma City. “Clients and employees alike love coming here to play golf and tennis, go boating, or just enjoy the beach and the sunshine.” Convenient flights from Palm Beach International Airport to New York, low-stress commutes to work and Florida’s low-tax climate – including no personal income tax – were other added benefits for Wexford Capital in deciding to make West Palm Beach its new headquarters. “With video conferencing and other online communication tools, it’s relatively easy to run a geographically decentralized business,” said Jacobs, who co-founded the firm in 1994. “Palm Beach County is also attracting younger workers in their 20s and 30s, and that’s another benefit for financial firms like Wexford.”

Originally from the Northeast, Jacobs and business partner Chuck Davidson were part-time residents of Palm Beach County for many years before opening the West Palm Beach office in 2015. “Our office is designed for about 20 people, including our key executives,” Jacobs said, adding that Wexford’s administrative functions will remain in Greenwich and Oklahoma City. Overall, the company has about 80 employees, some of whom work in multiple offices. Wexford Capital LP is an SEC registered investment advisor with approximately $4.0 billion of assets under management. The firm manages a series of hedge funds and private equity funds, and has made more than $6 billion in private equity investments. “One of our core investment areas is real estate, and we have a number of projects underway in South Florida, including three condominium developments in Miami,” Jacobs said. “Being located here gives us the added benefit of staying close to those projects.”

Boca a ‘Top Five’ City! recently named Boca Raton in its “Top 5 Cities You Wouldn’t Expect to Have a Thriving Startup Scene.” Boca ranked fourth on the list behind Seattle, Boston and Cleveland, all of which are much larger cities. One of Boca’s strengths was the fact that 47 percent of its residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Boca also has dozens of startups founded by tech professionals.

Relocations & Expansions Sunshine State Biomass Cooperative Brings New Jobs to Pahokee Sunshine State Biomass Cooperative (SSBC) is establishing a major recycling operation in Pahokee. The SSBC, in partnership with BioCarbon Technologies Inc., (BCT) currently operates a registered Source Organic Processing Facility (SOPF) in Pahokee. Now, SSBC intends to expand operations through a $5 million capital investment to employ cutting-edge patented torrefaction technology to Florida’s recycling of yard waste. The 25-acre site, including a 20,000 square foot facility that already employs a small number of local workers, will ultimately employ up to 200 people with salaries that match or surpass Pahokee’s average wage. The

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Pahokee site currently recycles yard waste from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. “This project is a great win for Pahokee” said Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the BDB. “It will help build upon the Glades Region’s agricultural industry, employ 200 people, and it will have a lasting impact for the community.” The BDB assisted the company through the permitting process with select Palm Beach County entities and introduced it to CareerSource Palm Beach County to help it fill its staffing needs. “The City is enthusiastic about the new economic development occurring in Pahokee. I welcome this new expansion of the SSBC family to the community. The future is bright for sustainable economic opportunities in the City of Pahokee,” said Chandler Williamson, City Manager of Pahokee.

Relocations & Expansions continued “The bulk of our hiring will occur during the summer of 2016,” said David Disbrow, president of the SSBC. The SSBC in partnership with BCT, operates an additional SOPF in Arcadia, Florida and will soon open a third facility in Fort Pierce.

East Coast Metal Structure Corp. Expands to Riviera Beach East Coast Metal Structure Corp. is expanding its operations in Palm Beach County, with assistance from the Business Development Board, Palm Beach County and the City of Riviera Beach. The company purchased 21,000 square feet of space at 3450 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Riviera Beach, where it will make a $2 million capital investment and hire 40 new employees. East Coast Metal Structures will also maintain its current location in Lantana, where it employs 110 people. “East Coast’s 20th century values and 21st century technology have made this company an industry leader,” said Charles Hardee Post, vice president. “Palm Beach County is the ideal location for our company and we are excited for the opportunity to open another facility in Riviera Beach.” East Coast Metal Structures specializes in the fabrication and erection of bar joists, structural steel, metal decking, railings, stairs, louvers and miscellaneous metals. The BDB assisted the company with coordination of multiple resources including the Port of Palm Beach Foreign Trade Zone, FPL, CareerSource Palm Beach County, State of Florida Manufacturing Tax Exemptions, and SBA financing. The county assisted with Enterprise Zone incentives and provision of alternative financing resources. The City of Riviera Beach provided technical assistance and referred the project to the BDB. “East Coast Metal Structures is a family-owned business that has served the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean for more than 30 years,” said Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. “The company’s recent expansion success story is indicative of many county-based businesses the BDB serves. It’s always nice to relocate new companies to the area, but it is extremely rewarding to see homegrown businesses flourish.”

Yachtico Relocating Corporate HQ to Palm Beach County Yachtico, the largest global online yacht booking company, is relocating its corporate headquarters from Germany to Boca Raton. The company has leased 5,000 square feet of space at 3651 FAU Blvd., where it will hire 50 new employees with an average wage of $65,000. “It makes great sense for Yachtico to have a presence in Florida, especially Palm Beach County,” said Kelly Smallridge, BDB president

and CEO. “The area provides an abundance of opportunities for the company.” The BDB assisted the company through the incentive process, and provided real estate searches and information on local service providers and schools. Connecting vacationers to the largest collection of trusted, professionally operated boat charters for week-long journeys, is a complete resource for the seafaring traveler. boasts 16,000 motor boats, sail boats and house boats worldwide, offering travelers affordable and luxury choices in every season. Yachitco received a Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund (QTI) incentive of $250,000, with $200,000 from the State of Florida and a $50,000 contribution from the City of Boca Raton. Bill Johnson, president & CEO of Enterprise Florida, said, “As we continue to market Florida as the best state to live, work and play, more and more great companies like Yachtico will create opportunities for Floridians and strengthen our economy.” Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie welcomed Yachtico, saying, “We are pleased that one of the largest international yacht charter and rental companies has decided to relocate its corporate headquarters from Berlin to Boca Raton. We look forward to continuing to work with them and having them as part of our community.”

Zimmer Biomet expanding in Palm Beach Gardens Zimmer Biomet is expanding in Palm Beach Gardens, creating 178 jobs in addition to retaining 473 positions. The company will also make a $1.8 million capital investment in the community. Medical device manufacturers Zimmer and Biomet recently completed combining their two brands into one company. Zimmer Biomet collaborates with healthcare professionals around the globe to design, manufacture and market orthopedic reconstructive, dental and surgical products. The company has operations in more than 25 countries around the world and sells products in more than 100 countries. David Josza, vice president and general manager of Zimmer Biomet’s Dental Division, said, “On behalf of the Zimmer Biomet team, I would like to thank Governor Scott, Enterprise Florida and all our local partners for supporting this project. We look forward to continuing to build the new Zimmer Biomet brand in Florida.” The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, CareerSource Florida, Palm Beach County, the City of Palm Beach Gardens, and the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. “Zimmer is a very significant project as it represents the retention of an existing employer and the new presence of a globally recognized innovative company selecting Palm Beach County in which to grow its operations,” said Kelly Smallridge, BDB president and CEO. “Biomet enjoyed a rich history in Palm Beach County and we are thrilled that Zimmer Biomet will continue to have a strong and growing presence here.”


Quality Education a Key Driver

in Economic Development

Dr. Robert Avossa

Kelly Smallridge with Frank Barbieri, Jr., vice chairman, Palm Beach County School District

A high-quality public school system is one of the foundations for number one economic development organization in Florida, we can successful economic development, according to Dr. Robert Avossa, the always improve our offering.” In his talk, Avossa said he has spent his first few months on the job new superintendent of the Palm Beach County School District. “We need to set a bold vision and build a bold agenda for listening to teachers, parents, students, administrators and other excellence in the future,” Avossa told several hundred Business staffers. “We also want to be sure we align our programs with the needs of the business and professional communities here,” Development Board members at the September 10 he said. “We want to retain our talented graduates quarterly luncheon at the Kravis Center. right here in Palm Beach County.” At the luncheon, Kelly Smallridge, BDB Avossa noted that the school district is the 11th president and CEO, gave the “Annual Economic largest in the U.S. with 22,000 employees and a $2 Development Update,” outlining the 33-year-old billion annual budget. “I am looking forward to organization’s accomplishments in recruiting new helping this organization become more nimble and companies, retaining existing operations and react more quickly to our students and parents,” he expanding area businesses. said. “We also have to do more to customize and Altogether, 3,604 jobs were created or retained in personalize the educational experience for each FY 2015, and nearly 4,800 more potential jobs are in student. For instance, not every child goes to college, the pipeline, Smallridge said. Total capital investment and we need to offer high-quality vocational of approximately $285 million and absorption of 1.36 education as well.” million square feet of commercial space were both Finally, Avossa emphasized that Palm Beach records for the fiscal year. — Dr. Robert Avossa, County schools and businesses need to support Of the 25 BDB projects in the 2015 fiscal year, Palm Beach County each other. “You can help us with mentorships 13 companies went to the North County, five to School Superintendent and internships, as well as letting us know about Central County, five to South County and two to the your changing workforce needs,” he said. “We will Glades, she said. She noted that there was an increase in projects related to logistics, distribution and international commerce. be launching our strategic plan in early 2016, and we want the “Our team is always out there promoting our county as a great business community to stand with us as we take a bold step to the place to do business,” she added. “While the BDB is recognized as the future.”

“We want to retain our talented graduates right here in Palm Beach County.”

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Where are They Now? A Riviera Beach Business Update

By Sherry Howard, Deputy Director Palm Beach County Department of Economic Sustainability Attracting new industries to our community and ensuring the growth of employment opportunities is central to the partnership between the Palm Beach County Commission and the BDB. To that end, two Palm Beach County businesses – Baron Sign Manufacturing and Smart for Life® – relied on the County’s unique ability to provide economic incentives and technical assistance to relocate and expand their business operations in Riviera Beach. In both cases, business is booming! More than 10 years ago, Baron Sign Manufacturing owners Sandra and Jerry Foland made the bold decision to expand their business. With more than $2.6 million in loan financing from the county’s Section 108 program, the company constructed a 40,000 square foot facility in Riviera Beach. The economy has fluctuated widely since then, but Baron Sign has weathered the storm. “Sign manufacturing is a barometer of the economy,” says CEO Sandy Foland. When the economy is strong, signs are needed – new businesses need to establish their presence and existing businesses can take the time and resources to invest in their image. Consider this “sign” of a strong economy – Baron Sign currently has its largest backlog in orders since 2008. Judy Rudy, Executive Administrator, confirms, “We currently have two years of work in the pipeline” and anticipates additional growth for Baron Sign within the next year. With a current full-time staff of 40, Baron Sign is looking to fill three open positions. A bigger shop translates to an increase in productivity and the capacity to design and fabricate larger signs. Plus, the mezzanine-level employee break room and staff lounge provides an inspiring birds-eye view of the manufacturing floor. Inspiration, however, is not constrained by the Baron Sign Manufacturing building walls. There is pride in knowing that Palm Beach County’s economic development programs, offered through the Department of Economic Sustainability (DES), helped keep “Made in the USA” a reality for Baron Sign. Ms. Rudy remarks, “At Baron Sign, we take pride in the finished product, we take pride in keeping jobs in Riviera Beach, and we take pride in knowing that when an individual Baron Sign employee succeeds, we as a business succeed.” Smart for Life® was seriously considering moving its commercial baking operation to Mexico City, Mexico. The Board of County Commissioners, through DES, utilized federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S.

Department of Energy to offer $713,000 in low interest financing for fixed assets, working capital, and energy conservation measures to keep Smart for Life® in Palm Beach County. The award of these funds helped Smart for Life® acquire a 25,000 square foot facility in Riviera Beach. “We really wanted to stay in the U.S.,” says Dr. Sasson E. Moulavi, the Smart for Life® founder, “And assistance from the County and the City of Riviera Beach really helped us make that decision.” Since the 2012 grand opening, business has exceeded expectations. The trailblazing weight management industry leader added two new brands, saw a 50% increase in sales, and increased production. The manufacturing and distribution center still leaves Smart for Life® with room for growth. Among other products, the facility currently produces one million weight loss cookies per month. A planned manufacturing line expansion will soon increase production to 2.5 million cookies per month. In addition, in 2016 Smart for Life® will hire at least 20 new fulltime employees to implement a new production contract for a major retailer. The commercial baking operation has a current staff of 60, with very few part-time employees and minimal staff turn-over. The business operates on an open door policy, where any and all are encouraged to provide input; that combined with a relaxed atmosphere and a high quality product are all reasons why the Riviera Beach Smart for Life® manufacturing and distribution center is a great place to work. Dr. Moulavi’s high standards are not limited to his Smart for Life® weight loss products. For example, blue floors throughout the plant make for a more cheerful work environment; weekly prizes reward punctuality, accuracy, and quality; solar power reduces energy costs while helping minimize negative environmental impact; and production is limited to two 8-hour shifts per day rather than a 24 hour cycle. In 2013, Smart for Life® was recognized as “Manufacturer of the Year” by the South Florida Manufacturers Association. Dr. Moulavi shares one secret to the manufacturer’s success, “Using a 360° method, with input from staff above, below, and along-side the employee, we work to meet three goals: an employee who wants to be here; an employee with the capacity to do the job; and an employee who cares about the company and the product.” To learn more about Baron Sign Manufacturing, Smart for Life®, or any of the County’s business assistance programs, please contact me at 561-233-2653 or

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Millennials Editor’s Note: This is the second of two parts focusing on Palm Beach County’s appeal to younger workers. A well-designed, cool-looking office is one of the ways Palm Beach County businesses are appealing to talented young professionals. Millennials like open layouts, collaborative spaces and a creative approach to artwork, furnishings and accessories, according to several area professionals. “We are seeing more flexible work environments,” says Rick Gonzalez, president, REG Architects in West Palm Beach, which has approximately 15 employees. “Companies want to be able to use office space in multiple ways, such as changing a reception area to a social space for a client reception.” REG’s office in an historic building from the 1920s reflects that workplace strategy. “We can change our lunch area into a training space, and move furniture to make it easier to sit down and have a collaborative conversation,” he says. “Our brick walls, exposed ducts and Dade County pine trusses give our office a sense of history and authenticity.” Keith Spina, senior partner, Glidden-Spina + Partners, says office tenants and owners are paying close attention to office layout, as well as the size of the workspace. “Traditionally, executives would want private offices,” he says. “Now, they want to see what’s going on around them. However, you still have to find a way to provide individual privacy for phone calls and other purposes.”

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Noise is another issue with open floor plans. “We have looked at acoustical solutions, including white noise,” Spina says. “Another solution is to let workers use the music apps on their phones to play their favorite songs.” Standing desks that easily move up and down are now featured in many Palm Beach County offices. “Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials all like the idea of being able to stand up and change their posture during the day,” Spina says. “It can help you stay healthy on and off the job.” To accommodate a more mobile workforce, some businesses are using a “hot-desk” plan where employees can plug their mobile devices into any vacant space in the office. “This can reduce the overall space requirements for a company,” Spina adds. Spina says his firm has created a business lounge, rather than a lunchroom, where employees can read emails, check social media or talk to their friends on a break. “We also offer them a daily salad bar, and have a fitness program to help them balance work with the rest of their lives.” Daniel Cane, CEO, Modernizing Medicine in Boca Raton, points to the importance of lighting in designing an appealing workplace. “Light needs to permeate the office, because it’s so closely tied to the energy level of an organization,” he says. “We use a lot of glass in our office, because it blocks sounds, but allows the light to flow from one end of the office to the other.” Carey O’Donnell, president, The O’Donnell Agency, turned ground-floor retail space in West Palm Beach into a creative office setting for her 15-person team. “Our office is designed for the way Millennials work,” she says. “We have our art and social media departments in the middle of a big open area.” The office includes a giant metal tree sculpture, a 1965 Mustang, a lounge area and several couches. “Our clients enjoy coming in to hang out and have a cup of coffee with us,” she says. As Gonzalez says, “Millennials want to be in downtown areas with a sense of character. They want to be able to walk to shops, restaurants and outdoor events. They also enjoy beaches, parks and other natural settings. With all that Palm Beach County has to offer, I think we are well positioned to attract Millennials in the next few years.”

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