Economic Development - City of Boca Raton

The Perfect Blend of Business and Pleasure

The City of Boca Raton provides a unique environment for business – a strong business environment, with economic resources and a well-educated and talented workforce, all within a community known for its high quality of life. Boca Raton is a rich blend of corporate and regional headquarters, small businesses, and innovative start-up companies. There are economic opportunities for all types of companies and businesses.

The birthplace of the of the IBM personal computer, Boca Raton has grown from a small agricultural community to a large regional employment center with one of the largest business concentrations in South Florida. In fact, about half of all of the large office buildings in Palm Beach County are in Boca Raton, and a number of national and international corporations call Boca Raton home. Boca Raton has easy access to road, rail, and air transportation. It is becoming a hub for technology, medical, financial, security and educational businesses, although many other business categories are represented in the City.     

And the backdrop to this successful business environment is a community well known for it high quality of life. Boca Raton has miles of pristine beaches, beautiful parks and landscaping, a wide variety of shops and restaurants, environmental programs, and a variety of cultural events. Boca Raton has high quality public and private schools, and several colleges and universities. It is a financially stable, full-service community, with excellent facilities and services and a low crime rate. Boca Raton truly is a premier community.

Boca Raton Bowl Big Success

On December 23, 2014, the City of Boca Raton hosted ESPN’s inaugural Boca Raton Bowl at FAU stadium between Northern Illinois University and Marshall University. By almost all measures, the event was an huge success; even the the weather was perfect.

It was estimated that the bowl game would add $2.5 million dollars to the local economy, including up to 5,000 room nights in area lodging and thousands of people patronizing local businesses.  There there were 18,000 - 20,000 attendees at the Bowl Game, and more importantly, between 2 and 2.5 million viewers of the live broadcast of the bowl game on ESPN.

Boca Raton Named Best Place to Live

Boca Raton is the best city in Florida to live in and one of the best in the country.

That opinion didn’t come from the mayor’s office or the chamber of commerce, but from research done by the online site 24/7 Wall Street that reviewed data on the 550 cities in the country with populations of 65,000 or more. The list of America’s 50 most livable cities was measured with a range of variables that included crime rates, employment growth, educational attainment, and housing affordability. Boca Raton came in at No. 11 nationally, receiving props for its many leisure activities, shopping opportunities, and economic base. 

 

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