PALM BEACH GARDENS PRIMED FOR HIGH-TECH, BIOTECH EXPANSION

utcxcccFor United Technologies Corp., Palm Beach Gardens’ approval of a planned Center for Intelligent Buildings paves the way for what the company boasts will be a cutting-edge facility showcasing innovations in green energy standards.

“It’s going to be a really cool building,” said Sara David, UTC’s vice president for legal affairs.

For Palm Beach Gardens, the Oct. 8 vote was another W in the effort to brand the north county city of 50,000 as a hub for corporate headquarters or key installations.

“Palm Beach Gardens is an address people want to be in,” said City Manager Ron Ferris.

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PALM BEACH COUNTY WANTS TO EXPAND LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRY

test tube graphic 2Palm Beach County‘s life science industry — controversial for the amount of tax dollars sunk into it more than a decade ago — will be put under a microscope for potential expansion.

Business Development Board president Kelly Smallridge on Tuesday unveiled an effort aimed at expanding the county’s life science businesses.

The economic development group is “going back to the table to inventory the county’s life science assets,” Smallridge said.

A $55,000 study by Maryland-based Facility Logix will help the Business Development Board understand the assets of the life science sector and identify gaps to better market the county, she said.

The county’s biotech sector includes Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience in Jupiter, about 200 biotech companies, hospitals, and educational programs including Scripps, Max Planck and Florida Atlantic University’s School of Medicine.

Now that Florida’s economy has essentially recovered from the recession, Smallridge said it’s time for economic officials to make a bigger play for science-related businesses as well as figure how to keep spin-off companies from the institutes in the area.

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