Boca’s Economic Development Report


By: Jessica Del Vecchio Economic Development Manager Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

The Business of Sports Luncheon

This past month, we organized our first panel discussion through our Office of Economic Development. The executive luncheon, which was hosted in the Acura Club at FAU Stadium, was in partnership with FAU MBA Sport Management program and FAU Athletics Department.  The topic of discussion was the business of sports and the selected panelists included, FAU Head Coach Lane Kiffin and FAU Director of MBA Sport Management program Dr. Jim Riordan. The event provided guests insight into the business of sports with a panel discussion related to coaching, franchise ownership, organization management, education and social media impact. Along with Kiffin and Riordan, the panel included George Linley, Executive Director of Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Cliff Viner, the former General Partner, Chairman and Governor of the Florida Panther’s hockey franchise.

As an added surprise, Coach Kiffin was awarded the key to the City during our luncheon.  Coach’s success at FAU has certainly put Boca Raton on the national stage and we couldn’t think of a better way to honor and thank him, than with a key to the City.

Washé Seed Funding

Boca-based Washé raised $3.5M in seed funding. Washé is a mobile app that connects users to professional mobile car washers, for on-demand service at any location. Washé operates in South Florida, Southern California, Georgia and New Jersey and will reportedly use the financing to invest in product development, expand its operations into new markets, and build strategic partner relationships.

Success Tour

We continued our “Success Tour” with a visit to GardaWorld.

GardaWorld is the largest privately held security services company. As North America’s fastest-growing currency processor, GardaWorld has annual global sales of approximately $3 billion. We‘re lucky to have their US headquarters based in our beautiful city.

Have corporate news to share or looking to relocate/expand your company to Boca Raton? Contact the city’s economic development office at or 561-393-7761. Want to see what we are up to?Follow us on Facebook @BocaEconomicDevelopment.