Convention Center Hotel Brings Opportunities For Small Businesses

Palm Beach County, along with the Palm Beach County Convention Center hotel development partner the Related Companies and contractor Coastal Construction, have planned a general information meeting for Palm Beach County-based small business owners. The meetings will take place Sept. 9 and 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. at 560 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.

As a function of the construction project, the meetings are being provided to inform Palm Beach County small businesses of the project requirements and the more than 60 trade opportunities associated with constructing the hotel. Palm Beach County has a 15 percent Small Business Enterprise (SBE) participation goal established for the project.

The planned Hilton Hotel, housing 403 guest rooms, two ballrooms and 13 meeting rooms, will be located adjacent to the convention center with its main entrance on Florida Avenue. The project also will include a two-story parking garage east of the hotel and south of the existing CityPlace South Tower condominium.

Project partners are hoping to obtain site plan approval this fall, with a groundbreaking to occur by the end of the year. It is anticipated that the hotel will open in the third quarter of 2015.

Palm Beach County estimates that the project will create more than 1,500 construction and tourism jobs and contribute more than $1 billion to the local economy over 10 years.