February Newsletter 2017
TMS is providing Public Involvement services for the City of Lake Worth and Craven Thompson & Associates, Inc. to update the LW Neighborhood Streets Program. The project includes North M Street and North K Street, from Lucerne Avenue to 9th. Avenue N includes a new water main along North K Street and North M Street from Lucerne Avenue to 9th Avenue North. Public Involvement meetings were held February 22nd and 23rd to discuss the roadway projects and receive feedback from the residents.
TMS is excited to join forces with Chen Moore on the upcoming Neighborhood Road Program for the City of Lake Worth District 3. In November, residents of Lake Worth voted to approve a $40 million bond to repair and improve City of Lake Worth's roads. TMS is providing Public Involvement, website and social media services for the project. The vision of the project is to increase mobility and walkability within the affected areas. “Lake Worth is an alive and vibrant city. Beautifying and creating less congestion is our main goal.” Sharon Merchant, President of The Merchant Strategy. Look out for the TMS team in Lake Worth as we inform, share and contact our neighbors about the renewal of their City.
TMS JOINED THE LEAGUE OF CITIES
TMS does business with many municipalities, so we finally joined the League! The purpose of the Palm Beach County League of Cities, Inc., is to promote and advance the collective interest of the municipalities of Palm Beach County, Florida; to study municipal issues and seek desired results through cooperative effort; to respect the principles of Home Rule; to encourage and enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Palm Beach County; and/or to engage in any other lawful purpose not for pecuniary profit. The League consists of all 39 municipalities in Palm Beach County, as well as over 80 Associate members.
TMS JOINED THE NORTH PALM BEACH COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
TMS joined as a trustee to drum up work in the northern part of our county. The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce serves the 10 municipalities that make up Palm Beach North. Founded in 2007 as a result of a merger from two previous chambers, the Jupiter Tequesta Juno Beach Chamber of Commerce and the North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce strives to be a dynamic organization that serves as a vital business and community resource. It is focused on the development and retention of businesses by taking an active role in issues that affect the profitability of local companies, protecting and improving the quality of life for residents and, above all, providing superior services and resources to our members.
FLORIDA'S 2016 JOB GROWTH SHOWS CONTINUED SUCCESS, STRENGTH BEGINNING 2017
Florida's job growth in 2016 has brought the state's employment numbers to an all-time high, according to our latest report. With an addition of 257,000 jobs in 2016, Florida continues to rise from the Great Recession. Over the past year, nearly all of Florida's major industries have seen employment gains, and the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.8 percent, continuing a steady trend over the past six years. "The job numbers show that Florida continues to be a national leader for job creation," said Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO of Florida TaxWatch. "It is encouraging that Florida is adding jobs; however, we must remain focused on economic development and continue to invest in marketing the Sunshine State if we expect 2017 to be another great year in Florida." The positive job numbers signal a growing state economy as people get back to work. In fact, nonfarm employment is nearly 8,400,000, higher than pre-recession employment. The largest gains in employment occurred in three industries: Accommodation and Food Services (38,200),
Health Care and Social Assistance (37,300),
and Administration, Support, and Waste Management (32,200). Florida's favorable tax environment and diverse economy allows businesses to flourish and create opportunities for Floridians. With 2016 being a great year for the job market, Floridians can continue to be optimistic that the state is on the right path heading deeper into 2017. For more information, visit www.floridataxwatch.org
ALL ABOUT YOU CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN
Thank you to everyone who supported the 3rd annual All About You conference for women. The quality of the speakers gets better every year, and we sincerely appreciate the time that Sheila G Mains, Dr. Mark Brody, Charlie Hugh-Jones, Debbie Wemyss, Brenda Swanson, and Dr. Maureen Whelihan took to share their insight and updates. We are excited to report we raised over $6,000 for KidSanctuary Campus, thanks to the generous spending of the attendees, and the donations of great auction items. Our thanks to the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott for excellent service and great lunch!