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October 6, 2008
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Business professionals attended the 2008 Palm Beach Partners Matchmaker Conference & Expo held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on September 24. Deputy County Administrator Verdenia Baker (pictured left) and other county officials also attended.
The annual event gives small business owners a chance to network with South Florida’s leading corporations, government agencies and other businesses. At the day-long conference, participants attended breakout sessions with leading industry experts to learn about a variety of topics including marketing, financing and Internet strategies.
Kevin Johns, director of the Office of Economic Development, is coordinating with the World Trade Center Palm Beach and the Embassy of Spain’s Department of Investment to conduct an inbound Cordoba, Spain trade mission on Wednesday, October 8.
Ten companies from the food and ceramic sectors will be represented in the delegation. The inbound mission is a follow-up to the Consulate General of Spain’s familiarization tour of Palm Beach County that was held earlier this year in May.
The trade mission’s participating companies are interested in meeting with Palm Beach County importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers from the food and ceramics sectors. All meetings will be held in West Palm Beach.
Businesses in the food and ceramics sectors which are interested in meeting with the Spanish trade delegation should please call Barbara Fiedor at 561-644-9186 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set an appointment.
Ed Lowery, director of Palm Beach County’s Department of Housing and Community Development, attended the Sept. 25 dedication of Villa Regina of West Palm Beach, a new affordable housing development for low-income seniors. The ceremony was held in the building’s new lobby.
The new facility is located at 2660 N. Haverhill Road in West Palm Beach and will serve low-income residents ages 62 and older. Eligibility for occupancy is established by the Department of Housing & Urban Development.
Palm Beach County partnered with Catholic Charities Diocese of Palm Beach to develop the project and donated $2 million toward the facility, which has been under construction for the past 18 months.
At the ceremony, Lowery said that he was pleased to partner with the Diocese to address the great need of providing affordable, clean, safe housing for the county’s elderly residents.
Daggerwing Nature Center will host a special Halloween “Boo”ardwalk event on Friday, October 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. on the boardwalk at Daggerwing Nature Center.
Parents are invited to bring their costumed children and take a walk on the family-friendly “Boo”ardwalk through a real swamp. Guests will take part in fun Halloween activities and crafts and learn about some spooky creatures of the night. If you attend, please bring a flashlight to see what creatures you can spot in the swamp.
The event is free and preregistration is not required. Bug spray is recommended.
Daggerwing Nature Center is operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department and is located in South County Regional Park at 11200 Park Access Road, off Cain Boulevard between Glades Road and Yamato Road, in western Boca Raton. For more information, visit www.pbcparks.com/nature.
The Palm Beach County Library System has unveiled a new logo and tagline which focuses on the library customer’s experience. The new tagline, “Dream. Discover. Do.,” reflects changes in the library’s new environment. It’s no longer just a place for books and quiet study, but also a community location where people can meet to socialize with friends, attend programs, access informational resources and check out the latest materials including CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, online databases and new releases.
The new logo features a fun, friendly typeface and a warm tropical color palette that is fresh and inviting. These elements reflect the library’s warm, inviting atmosphere where people of all ages can enjoy learning and experiencing new things.
Library Director John J. Callahan III, said, “The library continues to change to meet the needs of the community, but our goal remains to provide the best customer service to each of our customers, to provide educational and entertaining experiences for life-long learning and love of reading. We strive to make each experience an enjoyable one.”
The library’s Web site, pbclibrary.org, also sports a new look. Additional redesign will take place within the coming months.