Economic Development

Our goal is to connect merchants with consumers who are willing to support the local economy and find the quality local products and services that Delray Beach is known for. The areas in and around Atlantic Avenue are filled with exceptional small businesses that offer the types of consumer goods that have been vital in helping us grow our Village by the Sea. If you know of any business who is looking to locate to Downtown Delray Beach, or who is currently in Downtown Delray Beach but needs help reaching their local market, we are here to help.

DELRAY BEACH DDA HONORED WITH INTERNATIONAL DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION AWARDS

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 9:52am

 

Delray Beach, FL (September 15, 2017)…The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority has been recognized by the International Downtown Association with the Downtown Achievement Award of Excellence for Delray Fashion Week 2017, and with a Certificate of Merit award for the Inside Downtown Delray Beach Video Series.  The awards were presented during the 63rd Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The Award of Excellence acknowledges innovative best practice entries which exceeded the juror criteria. Delray Fashion Week 2017 was among 18 qualified entries in the category of Events and Programming. This category featured programs and events that improved the image and vitality of downtown.

The Inside Downtown Delray Beach Video Series was among 13 qualified entries in the category of Marketing and Communication. This category featured plans or strategies that used print, electronic media, or multimedia efforts to promote downtown.

“The DDA is proud to have been recognized alongside our international downtown organization peers, from Winnipeg to New York City, and Ft. Collins to Fresno, “ said  Laura Simon, Executive Director, Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. It is the collective mix of our merchants and businesses though, and their collaborative spirit, that enable programs such as Delray Beach Fashion Week to be successful, and the ability to showcase the beauty, diversity and uniqueness of Downtown Delray through their perspective in the Video Series.”

“The Delray Beach DDA received the IDA Award of Excellence and IDA Certificate of Achievement for conducting innovative best practice work in the industry of urban place management,” said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “These projects are shining examples of excellent downtown management delivering real value to the city.”

Washington, DC-based IDA is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. The Downtown Development Authority is the urban place management organization representing the interests of property owners in Delray Beach, FL.

                                                           

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About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority stimulates, enhances, and sustains the economic vitality of downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors. For more information, please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

 

About IDA

The International Downtown Association is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. Our members are city builders and downtown champions who bring urban centers to life, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. We represent an industry of more than 2,500 place management organizations, employing 100,000 people throughout North America and growing rapidly around the world. Founded in 1954, IDA is a resource center for ideas and innovative best practices in urban place management. For more information, visit downtown.org.

 

 

Media Contact: Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC 

561.866.5064 - sarahf@willcarocomm.com

DELRAY BEACH HOLDS ATLANTIC AVENUE CAREER EXPO

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 4:10pm

Jobs Available at Downtown Shops, Restaurants & Hotels

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.— An Atlantic Avenue Career Expo is scheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Delray Beach Public Library (100 W. Atlantic Avenue), from 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm. The expo will feature retail and hospitality job opportunities offered by shops, restaurants and hotels throughout the downtown Delray Beach area.

The expo is a collaborative effort by the City’s economic development team, and is part of a larger workforce and talent development strategy that promotes local hiring. Organizing and supporting partners include CareerSource Palm Beach County; the City of Delray Beach; Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency; the Office of Economic Development; the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority; the Delray Beach Public Library; the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce; the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition; and the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative.

Potential job applicants can get tips from CareerSource Palm Beach County on how to best prepare for the expo at a job seeker workshop, scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, from 1:00pm to 5:30 pm, in the Tower Room, on the second floor of the library. Attendees will receive tips on a variety of practical subjects, including writing and editing resumes, professional presentation, job interviews, and communications skills.

For more information about the job seeker workshop, or to register as a participating employer for the career expo, contact Michael Corbit at CareerSource Palm Beach County at (561) 340-1060 x2368.

About CareerSource Palm Beach County:

CareerSource Palm Beach County is the non-profit organization chartered by the State of Florida to lead workforce development in Palm Beach County. During the past five program years, the organization has assisted more than 118,000 residents find employment ranging from entry level to executive suite, with salaries from these jobs creating $2.2 billion in annual average wages. More information is available at www.careersourcepbc.com.

About the Delray Beach Office of Economic Development:

The Delray Beach Office of Economic Development (OED) is a collaborative office, jointly funded by the City of Delray Beach and the Delray Beach CRA. Services offered to relocating, expanding and start-up businesses include site selection and relocation assistance; business grants and incentives; connections to community resources; small business and entrepreneurial support; workforce development; and project management. OED’s mission is to drive and inspire the growth of a diverse, vibrant, entrepreneurial economy for all.

 

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DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH SUMMER SIDEWALK SALE, SEPT. 8-10

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 4:50pm

 

Delray Beach, FL (August 2017)…The inaugural Downtown Delray Beach Summer Sidewalk Sale debuts September 8-10, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. throughout Downtown Delray Beach.  Join the Downtown Fashion Boutiques, Art Galleries, Specialty Shops & more to explore during these three days for sun-sational savings inside & out and enter to win a Summer Fun Delray Beach prize package! 

“Presented by the Downtown Merchants Association and the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, the new Summer Sidewalk Sale will be a fun opportunity for locals and visitors to discover new finds at a great value all throughout the neighborhoods that make our Downtown!, said Laura Simon, Executive Director, Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. “Explore, shop and experience a new business and meet the faces behind the spaces - the business owners and employees that make Downtown Delray Beach unique and special."

Free parking is available on the street and in all public surface lots.  For more information, please visit www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/SidewalkSale, or call 561.243.1077.   #DowntownDelray

 

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About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Downtown Development Authority stimulates, enhances, and sustains the economic vitality of Downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors. For more information, please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

 

Media Contact: Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC 

561.866.5064 - sarahf@willcarocomm.com

Delray Beach Tri-Rail Coastal Link Station Master Plan Workshop

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 2:37pm

Dine out Downtown Delray - Restaurant Week, August 1-7!

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 4:31pm

CULINARY EXPERIENCES & EVENTS ANNOUNCED

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS, CAFÉS AND JUICE BARS ANNOUNCED

SPECIAL ROOM RATE AVAILABLE AT HYATT PLACE DELRAY BEACH

 

Event:              Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2017

Who:               The 2ND annual Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2017 is produced by the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in partnership with the Downtown Delray Beach restaurants, cafés and juice bars.

Purpose:          To showcase the diverse dining scene and wide-array of culinary experiences in Downtown Delray Beach during the summer season - a tropical and leisurely time of year in South Florida.  The program will also raise awareness for the Delray Beach Homeless Initiative focusing on children in partnership with the Palm Beach County Food Bank.

What:               Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2017 will feature special multi-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus and culinary experiences including wine & beer tasting/food pairing  dinners,  juicing/nutrition class, cocktail classes, chef demonstrations and more.  The week-long event provides locals and visitors an opportunity to sample Downtown restaurants, cafés and juice bars at special prices. 

When:              Tuesday, August 1 through Monday, August 7, 2017

Where:            Downtown Delray Beach restaurants and merchants throughout the DDA neighborhoods:  The Set (West Atlantic), The Ave (Atlantic Avenue), Pineapple Grove, SOFA, US1, Beachside. Location - Atlantic Avenue east from 1-95 to the Beach, and the surrounding neighborhoods of Pineapple Grove and The SOFA District.  www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/Map

How to Take part:       Diners simply select their choice from the list of participating restaurants.  Reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made directly through the restaurant. No passes, tickets or coupons required. 

Participating Restaurants, Cafes & Juice Bars:   Participants (as of July 11, 2017) include:  3rd & 3rd, 32 East, 50 Ocean, Banyan Restaurant & Bar, Big Al’s Steaks, Boston’s On The Beach, Caffe Luna Rosa, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Corner Porch, CREAM, DADA, Death or Glory, Deck 84, Delray Hideaway, Eat Market, Farmhouse Kitchen, HONEY, JuiceBuzz, Juice Papi, Lemongrass Asian Bistro, Luigi’s Coal Oven Pizza, Max’s Harvest, Mellow Mushroom, Papa’s Tapas, PRIME, PURGREENS, Racks Fish House & Oyster Bar, ROK:BRGR, SALT 7, Sandwiches By The Sea, Sazio, Scuola Vecchia, Smoke BBQ, The Office, Vic & Angelo’s, Windy City Pizza and more to be announced.

Price*:             Dine Out Deals:  $10 and under

           Multi- Course Prix Fixe Lunches: $20 and under per person

           Multi- Course Prix Fixe Dinners: $40 and under per person

           Culinary Experiences & Events: throughout the week, prices vary by restaurant

*Pricing does not include tax or gratuity.

 

Culinary Experiences & Events:         As of July 11, 2017

Pizza Making Class at Mellow Mushroom - Tuesday, August 1st at 9:00 a.m. for $12 per guest

Family-friendly step-by-step instruction from their pizza pros. Space is limited, cash payment only, 10 person class limit.

Call (561) 330-3040 to RSVP and select small pizza type of cheese, pepperoni, Hawaiian, margarita, or bbq  chicken.

Juicing class at Gary Rack's Farmhouse Kitchen – Wednesday, August 2nd from 2:30-3:30 p.m. for $10 per guest

Demo by Celebrity Chef Ed McCabe or World Famous reality TV personality Paul Niedermann (9th season winner from Hell's Kitchen), create your own signature juice;  

demo on Farmhouse JUST GOOD JUICE (watermelon citron, Kicking Carrot, K-napple; Juicing in Season, benefits of juicing; juice Ideas; easy Recipes to take home; 1 Juice for the road.  Class is limited to 20 guests.

Call (561) 266-3642 to RSVP

Soda Making Class at Delray Hideaway - Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:30p.m. for $20 per person.  Learn about the history of soft drinks, the process of carbonating and bottling, and how to make homemade soda syrup. Guests will create their own soda with fresh local ingredients, mix into craft cocktails and take home a bottle of their own brew. Class is limited to 20 people.

Call (561) 562-5500 to RSVP.

Wine Dinner at Racks Fish House & Oyster Bar – Wednesday, August 2nd at 7:00 p.m. for $65 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Four course dinner paired with wines from Davis Bynum

Call (561)450-6718 to RSVP.  Limited seating.

Craft Cocktail Class at Honey – Wednesday, August 2nd – Details TBA

Pizza Making Class 101 at Luigi’s Coal Oven Pizza – Thursday, August 3rd from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for $50 early ticket and $65 late ticket all inclusive. Hands-on experience making and eating authentic Neapolitan pizza taught by Chef Luigi Di Meo.  Build your own pizza, plus dough to take home, glass of Prosecco, and a $10 gift card good for $10 off a food order on your next visit. Tickets are limited to the first 20 guests to Pay Online. https://luigispizzaclass101.eventbrite.com

Pizza Making Class at Mellow MushroomThursday, August 3rd at 9:00 a.m. for $12 per guest

Family-friendly step-by-step instruction from their pizza pros. Space is limited, cash payment only, class is limited to 10 people.

Call (561) 330-3040 to RSVP and select small pizza type of cheese, pepperoni, Hawaiian, margarita, or bbq chicken.

Cocktail Class at Death or GloryThursday, August 3rd at 6:00 p.m. for $20 per person

Shaken vs Stirred: How when, why and six classic cocktails you can make at home. 20 person limit.

Email jennifer@deathorglorybar.com to RSVP.

Whiskey 101 Class at 32 East - Sunday, August 6th at 4:00 p.m. for $25 per person

Includes sampling and basic discussion of six distinct world whiskeys (using the classic Glencairne tasting glasses), laminated "Cheat sheet" included with whiskey 101 tips for each guest's home bar, low-salt snacks provided to cleanse the palate between tastings.

*Stay after and receive 25% off your check for all food & beverage. Call (561) 276-7868 to RSVP.

 

Cocktail Party & Tasting at Max’s Harvest; Culinary event at Prime; and more to be announced.

*Reservations may be made directly through the restaurant or merchant.

 

Special Hotel Rate:                Hyatt Place Delray Beach

              Rates:  King Deluxe Room - $99.00 plus 13% tax per night

Dates:   August 1-7, 2017

Group Code: G-FOOD

Cutoff Date for Reservations: July 15, 2017

For reservations call 1-888-HYATT-HP (492-8847), and ask for the Dine Out Delray rate or refer to the group code G-FOOD

https://delraybeach.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-FOOD

For a full list of hotels in Downtown Delray Beach, visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com/hotels.

 

 

Charitable Partner:           Delray Beach Homeless Initiative for Children in partnership with the Palm Beach County Food Bank

 

 

Sweepstakes

Enter to Win:   While dining at a participating restaurant during Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week use #DineOutDowntownDelray on Facebook or Instagram and be automatically entered to win $300 worth of restaurant gift cards.

 

Sponsors:        Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week sponsors (As of July 10, 2017): Gold Sponsors: Old School Square Bakery, LIVINGFLA.com; Silver Sponsor: Hyatt Place Delray Beach; Bronze Sponsors: VUP Media, Papa’s Pilar, Architec Brands.

 

Information:  Please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com/RestaurantWeek ,

facebook.com/DelrayDDA or phone 561.243.1077.  

#DineOutDowntownDelray

AS OF 7/11/2017

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About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to enhance and stimulate balanced economic growth through position marketing activities that engage Downtown Businesses, residents and visitors, while creating a clean, safe, physical and experiential place to live, work and invest.  For more information, please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

 

Media Contact: Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC 

561.866.5064 - sarahf@willcarocomm.com

 

 

 

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