Boca’s Economic Development Report


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

FAU – University on the move

We recently sat down with the President of Florida Atlantic University, Dr. John Kelly, to learn about the incredible things taking place at the University. With 27 National Merit Scholars attending this semester, FAU will welcome one of the largest, smartest, most racially and geographically diverse classes they’ve ever had on campus. During our interview we covered a tremendous amount of information and will be sharing the final video on our new YouTube channel, City of Boca Raton – Office of Economic Development.

Welcome to Boca – Ribbon cutting

Shoes for Crews relocated its headquarters to the Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRIC) a few months ago. After taking some time to remodel their space, we officially welcomed them and their 180 employees to our beautiful city!

Success Tour – Your Success is Our Success

We recently stopped by Epoca International to congratulate them on their continued success. With customers like Target, Amazon, Walmart, Whole Foods, Bed Bath and Beyond, Macy’s and Publix, Epoca International is an amazing company – with an even more amazing team. They recently partnered with Tasty to provide all the cookware and bakeware products in their videos.  With 96 million followers on social media, Tasty is one of the most watched media brands on the internet.

When our Office initially launched 3 1/2 years ago, STRAX Intelligence Group was one of the first companies we met with. Their team of three has grown considerably since they launched.  We recently stopped by their headquarters to present them with a plaque of appreciation.  During our visit, they gave us a tour and demonstrated the technology they developed for public safety and critical response missions. Seeing the drones, videos and other innovative equipment in action was beyond impressive.

Corporate Relocation

The non-profit, Gift of Life Marrow Registry, is moving its corporate headquarters to Sabre Center 1 in the Park at Broken Sound. Senior managing director at CBRE, Arden Karson said it best.

“Boca Raton is one of the most active submarkets in South Florida, seeing its average asking lease rate grow 6% year-over-year. The area is seeing incredible leasing activity, specifically for large headquarters.”

The Gift of Life Marrow Registry move is slated for early 2019.

Land Here

Here’s a look at our new ad, which was developed, created and designed in-house by the Office of Economic Development. We have more under way and can’t wait to share with everyone.