Agribusiness in Palm Beach County: Insights for Conference and Meeting Planners
Home to about 554 agriculture companies responsible for more than 12,400 jobs, Palm Beach County is a leader in agribusiness, sustainable agriculture, agricultural technology, and agricultural education.
If your company wants to be at the forefront of the agriculture industry, host your next meeting in The Palm Beaches. Our destination welcomes meeting groups with a portfolio of hotels and resorts, a state-of-the-art Convention Center, a centrally located international airport, hassle-free ground transportation, and a large agribusiness sector.
Comprising the cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee, and South Bay, the Glades Region is a strategic area for our agricultural sector.
Belle Glade, the largest of the three cities, is situated on the southern shores of Lake Okeechobee. Its motto is, “Her Soil is Her Fortune,” as its soil is perfect for growing sugarcane, vegetables, ornamental landscaping, and sod.
Located directly on the shores of Lake Okeechobee, Pahokee is known as Palm Beach County’s “Other” Coast. Like the rest of the Glades, Pahokee is built upon nature’s richest organic soil, which makes the town a perfect area for agricultural purposes.
Known as “The Crossroads of South Florida,” South Bay is well-suited for any industry thanks to the availability of labor, low taxes, willing government, and strong infrastructure.
The Everglades Research & Education Center (EREC) near Belle Glade is an agricultural and environmental research and education unit of the University of Florida’s, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). Its mission is to conduct research and extension programs in South Florida that will explore and promote profitable and sustainable agricultural systems. These systems aim at protecting our soil, water, and natural resources, contributing to an improved quality of life for Florida citizens.
The EREC is supported by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, the University of Florida, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) offers over 200 daily flight arrivals and departures from 13 airlines: Air Canada, Allegiant Airlines, American Airlines, Avelo Airlines, Bahamasair, Breeze Airways, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, and United Airlines.
The Palm Beaches are served by two other major South Florida airports: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Miami International Airport (MIA). The Palm Beaches’ southernmost cities, such as Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, and Boca Raton, are only about 30 minutes from FLL and within an hour of MIA.
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