Governor Crist Visits Port of Palm Beach and Workforce Center (02/03/09)

For Immediate Release 
FEBRUARY 6, 2009

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Governor Crist Visits Port of Palm Beach and Workforce Center

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RIVIERA BEACH – Governor Charlie Crist today toured the Port of Palm Beach as part of his ongoing focus on strengthening Florida’s economy. As Florida’s fourth-busiest container port, it is the eighteenth busiest in the continental United States.  He also visited Workforce Alliance Inc., the workforce center serving Palm Beach County.

“The Port of Palm Beach serves as an important gateway to the Caribbean and Central America and is an important part of Florida’s international trade success,” Governor Crist said.  “Important to businesses and industry throughout the region, it is the only port in South Florida to operate a rail system pier-side 24 hours a day.”

According to a study commissioned by the Florida Department of Transportation, every dollar invested in Florida’s seaports yields $6.90 to the state’s economy. As one of Florida’s 14 public deepwater seaports, the Port of Palm Beach is an important distribution center for commodities being shipped primarily throughout the Caribbean Basin.  Estimated to bring between 2,500 and 3,000 jobs to the community, the port is a major distribution point for bulk sugar, molasses, cement, utility fuels, water, produce and breakbulk items. This port is South Florida’s only port facility operating a rail system with pier-side box, hopper and intermodal cars 24 hours a day.

While visiting Workforce Alliance, the Governor applauded the workforce center for its efforts in helping residents seeking job placement assistance and participating in the center’s programs, which include career counseling, workshops and use of the computers for job searches. Businesses, organizations and educational institutions also use the center’s services to list available positions on the Employ Florida Marketplace at EmployFlorida.com, the state’s powerful job matching and talent bank tool.  There is no charge to businesses or job seekers for the services available on the Employ Florida Marketplace. During recent weeks, Governor Crist has visited workforce centers in Brevard, Leon, Osceola and Hillsborough counties.

For more information about Florida’s workforce-system partners including Workforce Florida, the Agency for Workforce Innovation, 24 regional workforce boards and more than 80 One-Stop Centers that provide employment and training services and resources to businesses, workers and job seekers, go to www.EmployFlorida.com.

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