November 15, 2019, BELLE GLADE, FL – Palm Beach State College launched a new forum to strengthen the future of communities for Belle Glade, Pahokee, and South Bay. Hosted at the Belle Glade Campus Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, the Moderator, Shereena Coleman of the Business Development Board, guided the conversation for the panel of five stakeholders throughout the community. Panelists included Steven Cornette from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Angela Avery-Moore from the School District of Palm Beach County, Charles Duval from CareerSource Palm Beach County, Terry Burroughs from FHERO (FL Heartland Economic Region of Opportunity), and Janet Moreland from Lakeside Medical Center.

The topic surrounded the future of the Glades Region from both education and business standpoints. Education and industry leaders discussed initiatives that have been implemented to continue the positive Glades school grades and new programs on the horizon.  Quite a few new after school enrichment programs were announced that will be coming to the Glades area. Last, but not least, the economic development and marketing of Florida’s Heartland, including the Cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay and Hendry County, were highlighted as a proactive effort to drive business growth in Western Palm Beach County.

With a representative from education, business, economic development, and career development, it’s apparent that new partnerships are shaping the future of the Glades Region. The community’s economic development efforts will continue to foster the growth and create more opportunities. Thank you to the event sponsor, Palm Beach State College Community Relations and the Belle Glade Campus.