May 2019 – The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) accepted several awards this past month recognizing innovative strategies in Palm Beach County. Thanks to Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) and Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS), the BDB’s initiatives growing the life science sector and creative marketing efforts promoting Palm Beach County as a premier business location have been nationally recognized.

The Palm Beach County Medical Society presented the “Innovation in Health Care” award to the BDB to recognize “Heroes in Medicine”. Robert Mino, Vice President of Life Sciences at the BDB, accepted the award at the Annual Heroes in Medicine Awards luncheon, an effort that honors Individuals and organizations that utilize their skills in the field of health care to provide outstanding service to meet the needs of people in local, national and/or global communities. PBCMS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to uniting physicians to serve the common interest of the profession, developing and maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards of the medical profession, advocating the interests of physicians and their patients, and collaborating with others to improve the community’s health. For over 20 years, the BDB has focused on supporting growth of the Life Sciences in Palm Beach County.  In 2004, the State of Florida, Palm Beach County, and Town of Jupiter began to make the investments necessary to bring Scripps, Max Planck, and FAU’s life sciences research to Jupiter.  Since then, a vibrant life sciences community evolved in Palm Beach County to include over 700 companies primarily engaged in R&D or manufacture of biotechnologies, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, or in the environmental and biological sciences. A few years ago, a Life Science Advisory Council was created to oversee the plan of growing the life science industry in Palm Beach County and a tool utilized to promote the biotech hub is the BDB’s life science website,

Florida Economic Development Council presented three awards in Promotional and Marketing Innovation, which included the BDB’s annual publication,Profile magazine, and the BDB’s quarterly publication, Palm Beach County Business magazine, both of which are published by Passport Publications. The third item awarded was the BDB’s National Ad Campaign targeting CEOs in the Northeast, a creative strategy developed in cooperation with Alchemy Communications. Kelly Smallridge, President & CEO of the BDB accepted the awards at the 2019 Florida Economic Development Conference, which recognized the achievements of Florida’s top economic developers throughout the state. Awards were given to recognize exemplary achievements in innovation and marketing for economic development and innovative/best practices for our communities and abroad. These professionals work in Florida’s 67 counties, 400+ cities, 24 workforce regions, 28 colleges, 12 universities, as well as utilities, ports, airports, and industrial authorities.

It’s because of the support from the BDB’s partners that Palm Beach County is staying ahead of the game in innovative economic development strategies.