Shortly after the Fanjul family arrived in Florida from Cuba in 1959, they set up a sugar-production plant on 4,000 acres of land in Western Palm Beach County. Harvested by hand, the very first crop produced just 10,000 tons of sugar.
Six decades later, that modest operation now encompasses some 190,000 acres across nearly 5,000 individual fields. And the family’s company – now known as Florida Crystals – is part of the world’s largest refiner and marketer of cane sugar with annual production of more than 6 million tons.
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‘If any business can be considered analog until very recently, it’s farming,’ says CIO at Florida Crystals.
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March 16 – Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Yesterday, hundreds of community and philanthropic leaders convened to honor Palm Beach County education and share the importance of investing in today’s students as tomorrow’s leaders. The 2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards, co-hosted by the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) and School District of Palm Beach County, is a partnership to acknowledge those who have shaped the future and are inspiring students today.
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February 22, 2023 – PAHOKEE, FL AND BELLE GLADE, FL – The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and the School District of Palm Beach County partnered on the “Glades Region Claim Your Future Showcase”, an event that inspires high school students about the possible career paths within Palm Beach County.
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Palm Beach County has record-low unemployment and economic experts say our area is one of the most desirable places for new businesses than anywhere else in the country.
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January 31 – Palm Beach County, FL – The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) and the School District of Palm Beach County hosted the 2023 Claim Your Future Showcase on January 31, an annual event that shows local high school students the diverse career paths available to them in Palm Beach County. Sponsored by Wells Fargo and located at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, the event included a presentation with various speakers and an exhibitor hall, which inspired 1,200 Palm Beach County students.
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Estimated unemployment rates in the western Palm Beach County communities of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay all dropped lower than previous estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), according to the latest five-year estimates just released.
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After a year of construction, employees mixed the first batches of concrete at a 140,000-square-foot industrial complex that opened this month in Belle Glade where Glades Correctional Institution once stood.
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In its release of its annual education issue, Legacy Miami and Legacy South Florida magazine published a list of the Top Black Educators in South Florida. Six District administrators are on the list, earning the distinction as Legacy South Florida Top Black Educators of 2022.
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On July 7, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) announced that the School District of Palm Beach County maintained its “A” rating for the 2021-2022 school year. Among Florida’s seven large school districts, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade are the only two that earned a letter grade of “A.” Palm Beach County also outperformed all neighboring districts, including Broward, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee.
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