Published On: Fri, Jul 21st, 2017

Boca Beat: 7/21

• The Boca Raton Tribune, in partnership with the City of Boca Raton’s Office of Economic Development, recently launched a corporate appreciation luncheon that aims to recognize Boca based companies for their valuable contributions to the city’s corporate community.

• For the second straight year, the Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer team will lift the lid on their season at FAU Stadium, home of the football Owls, as they kick off the 2017 campaign on August 18 versus Florida at 7 p.m.

• Faith-based foster care organization Place of Hope is set to expand their housing as six acres of land is being cleared on Boca Rio Road. Those six acres of land will partly be used to house teenagers in their foster care program once they reach 18 years of age. Once a child turns 18 and leaves foster care, they are suddenly on their own. With the construction of the building it will allow those teens to continue to have a place they can call home.

• The Boca Raton Airport will install a permanent noise monitor in a residential community just west of Military Trail.

• Six acres are being prepared for the first Place of Hope building with eight, two-bed- room apartments that will house foster care teens who have aged out of the system at 18 and have no place else to go.

• Boca West Community Charitable Founda- tion, which provides grants and volunteers to 25 community non-profit programs that serve local children, has provided funds, instructors, and volunteers for a variety of 2017 summer programs.

• Modernizing Medicine’s landing of $231 million in venture capital in May was among the top 10 deals in the country in the second quarter, according to the MoneyTree Report released this week. The Boca Raton com- pany’s venture capital raise swelled Florida’s numbers for the quarter to $291.1 million in- vested in 16 deals. That compares with $85.7 million in 25 deals in the second quarter last year, according to the report.

• Penny Morey was installed as Rotary Club Downtown Boca installs first woman presi- dent

• A Palm Beach County network of education institutions under the umbrella of Florida Atlan- tic University was recognized by Google for its innovative approach to teaching through technology, the first in the state to earn the honor.

• After over two decades as the Traffic Engineer for Palm Beach County, George Webb is retiring. MPO chair, Susan Haynie, vice-chair, Hal Valeche, and MPO executive director, Nick Uhren joined with the entire MPO governing board in thanking George for his impact on our transportation infra- structure over his tenure and wished him well in his future endeavors.

• Shoppers, diners, and visitors to Down- town Boca’s Mizner Park now have the op- portunity to brush up on their short game at the new Putt’n on the Plaza. The 20×20, four holes putting green was installed this month and has accompanying putters and balls available to use for free. The green is located on the east side of Mizner Park just north of the center fountain.

• Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is playing a key role in ensuring that South Florida has an adequate workforce of Nurse practitioners. The Col- lege has received a $1.4 million grant from
the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Ser- vices Administration, for an evidence-based curriculum to prepare NPs to deliver relevant, culturally competent, and skilled primary
care services for underserved populations in Broward County.

• Governor Rick Scott came to the City of Boca Raton to recognize the job creation efforts of Orangetheory Fitness, with its corporate headquarters in our city.

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