Protecting Business, Prospering Boca
The Boca Chamber has been busy working to Protect business in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County. From endorsing and supporting the right candidates for elected office through our Business Leaders United Political Action Committee (BLU-PAC) to traveling to our state's capital to discuss our top business priorities, we are tirelessly working for you. Just as we have always done since 1965, we continue to work for you so that business can thrive and Boca can remain the best place to live, work, learn and play.
From March 5 through March 8, we brought together 17 CEOs, small business leaders, local elected officials, Chamber executives and legislators from across the county and the state to discuss top business priorities for the 2017 legislative session. We were able to promote vital issues with one voice, one mission, and as one united South Palm Beach County. One of our top priorities this year is to support the funding and mission of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida so that those organizations can continue to coordinate the economic development interests of our state; to market Florida as the ideal tourism destination; and to represent Florida's business community on a global spectrum. We met directly with the top leaders of our state, including Gov. Rick Scott, state Sen. Kevin Rader and state Rep. Bill Hager among others, so that our voice and our agenda could be heard.
On March 14, Boca Raton voted to re-elect Mayor Susan Haynie and City Councilman Scott Singer in the city's municipal election. BLU-PAC endorsed these candidates after a thorough vetting and interview process. BLU-PAC believes they were the right candidates to keep Boca moving forward in job creation, parking solutions, public safety, and small business prosperity. First-time candidate Andrea O'Rourke joined the ranks this year as Boca's newest Council member. We congratulate all three winners and are eager to work alongside them as they move Boca forward.
Looking ahead, you don't want to miss a few of our upcoming events. On Saturday, April 29, our Golden Bell Education Foundation will be hosting its inaugural teen fashion show at Town Center at Boca Raton. Proceeds from the event will support public education in Boca Raton. The show starts at 11 a.m. and will feature student-models from all four of the public high schools in Boca Raton. Please join us in our efforts to increase the already $1.3 million our foundation has given back to local schools.
On Friday, May 19, join us at the Boca Raton Resort and Club as we honor top leaders at the 2017 Business Awards Luncheon. This year we are thrilled to recognize Jennifer and Rob Jager, owners of Plum Productions as our Small Business Leaders of the Year; Andrew Duffell, President & CEO of the Research Park at FAU, as our Business Leader of the Year; and SBA Communications Corp. as the 2017 Business of the Year. Our business community is so fortunate to have these impactful, global leaders based in our very own community.
Boca Raton continues to thrive as one of the main commerce hubs in our state, and it's our job to keep it that way. By working alongside city, county and state officials, we are able to protect business so that yours can be successful.
Let’s keep moving forward!
Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP, President & CEO
Jerry Fedele, Chairman of the Bocard, 2016