The non-profit Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County (LORE) was created in 2006, and consists of business leaders, educators, and city managers that act as a voice for the Glades region – which includes the cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee, and South Bay – with a focus on high-quality economic development, education, and infrastructure.

LORE’s mission is to stimulate business and enable sustainable economic growth in the Lake Okeechobee Region of Palm Beach County through education, advocacy and business attraction, retention and expansion.

The LORE Board:

The mission of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is to stimulate economic energy, promote business diversity, and enrich the vitality of Palm Beach County through the relocation, retention, and expansion of companies to or in Palm Beach County.

The BDB is a private, not-for-profit corporation. Founded in 1982 by Chambers of Commerce, the Economic Council, and other business leaders, the Business Development Board is designated by the State of Florida and Palm Beach County Commission as Palm Beach County’s official economic development organization.

Although it is autonomous, the BDB works closely with the Chambers of Commerce, other county organizations, and the County Commission to achieve economic development goals in the areas of business recruitment and expansion, job creation, workforce development, infrastructure, and availability of capital.


50+ financial programs are offered through the federal government for rural communities. This is great for companies considering the Glades that may be looking for grants or loan guarantees.