Palm Beach Post: Belle Glade celebrates company’s expansion that will bring 200 jobs to city

BELLE GLADE — On a bright, breezy day, under a pavilion near Lake Okeechobee where Belle Glade announces important news and welcomes high-profile guests, the region’s movers and shakers gathered Thursday to celebrate a corporate expansion that will mean 200 new jobs in an area hungry for them.

The announcement of 200 new jobs doesn’t usually prompt a regional celebration, complete with a program kicked off by the singing of the national anthem and a prayer, but local leaders said it’s not just the job totals that lifted their spirits.

It’s the hope, they said, that those jobs are the beginning of a run of development and good fortune that will lift Palm Beach County’s poorest region, where unemployment has frequently been many times the county’s overall rate.