AT&T is hiring in Palm Beach County

AT&T plans to fill nearly 125 jobs in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

By Stuart Pilbrow
By Stuart Pilbrow

The positions are for retail sales consultants, wire technicians and call center representatives, the company said.

In Palm Beach County, retail sales and wire technician openings are available in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Wellington, and Palm Beach Gardens.

AT&T is also hiring for retail positions in Jensen Beach Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Vero Beach.

To apply, visit http://connect.att.jobs/florida.

New York Post declares Palm Beach County is “actually cool”

Brace yourselves, Palm Beach County residents.  An influx of New Yorkers may be headed south to check out our hip restaurants and boutique hotels.

Construction continues on the Hilton West Palm Beach next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on September 14, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Construction continues on the Hilton West Palm Beach next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on September 14, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

In a big, bold headline on Tuesday, The New York Post proclaimed that Palm Beach County is “actually cool.”

The article was widely distributed by Palm Beach County tourism leaders, who heralded it as a major win for the region.

The article highlights several area attractions and boutique hotels, including the new 400-room Hilton West Palm Beach, which is set to open this week next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

It marks the second time this month that the county’s tourism industry has been in the national spotlight.  The Wall Street Journal this month ran a feature story about Delray Beach’s tourism offerings.

PBC commissioners approve incentive package to boost convention center business

Palm Beach County commissioners on Tuesday approved a $300,000 incentive package designed to help boost business at the convention center in downtown West Palm Beach and the hotels that surround it.

Construction continues on the Hilton West Palm Beach next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on September 14, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
(Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

The package appeared on the commission’s consent agenda, where it was bunched with other items that can be approved together without discussion.

The incentive money will be used to reimburse convention, tradeshow and meeting planners for certain expenses, if they agree to hold their event at the county’s convention center in downtown West Palm Beach.

The move comes as the Hilton prepares to open its long-awaited hotel next to Palm Beach County’s convention center.

The 12-story, 400-room Hilton West Palm Beach, which has a walkway linking it to the convention center on Okeechobee Boulevard, is set to welcome its first guests on Friday.

The convention center opened in 2003 but has struggled without a connected hotel to house conference attendees.

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Construction on Brightline’s trains advances

The shell of the first passenger train coach car that will carry passengers on All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service has been completed at Siemens’ manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif., the company announced Tuesday.

Shell of the first Brightline train. Photo provided by Brigtline
Shell of the first Brightline train.
Photo provided by Brightline

More than 70 employees at the facility have worked on the 85-foot-long coach car, using more than 50,000 welds to fuse it together, according to a news release issued by Brightline. The shell will now go through a finishing process, preparing it for final assembly, the company said.

» PHOTOS: See more images of Brightline’s first passenger car

“With the completion of the first coach car shell, we are bringing our vision for a truly unique train service that will transform travel in Florida one step closer to fruition,” said Mike Reininger, Brightline’s president. “The Siemens team has been working diligently and we are thrilled to mark this milestone as the finishing of this car progresses and the manufacture of additional cars continues.”

Initially, the company will have five four-car trains, each capable of carrying 240 passengers. By June 2018, Brightline will have 10 trains with seven cars each. Those trains will be able to carry 356 passengers.

Last week, All Aboard Florida began vertical construction on a rail repair facility in West Palm Beach that will service its Brightline trains when they begin shuttling passengers between South Florida and Orlando next year.

The facility, just north of downtown West Palm Beach, will be used to repair, maintain, clean and store Brightline’s trains, company officials have said. About 50 people will work at the 12-acre site at 601 15th St., which is also expected to serve as an office for the company’s conductors, engineers, and onboard service staff.

 

 

Teachers eat free today at this restaurant

(Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)
(Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

Tijuana Flats, a Tex-Mex spot with several locations in Palm Beach County, is honoring teachers today (Dec. 28) with a free entrée.

The deal is available all Tijuana Flats locations to those with a valid teacher ID.

In Palm Beach County, the chain has restaurants in Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Wellington, Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens.

Hoffman’s Chocolates opens its ninth location

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Greenacres-based Hoffman’s Chocolates has opened its ninth retail location.

The new store — in the Weston Town Center, 1727 Main St., Weston — is 1,000 square feet and has eight employees, the company said in a news release.

» RELATED: Hoffman’s makes list of top small businesses to shop during the holidays

Included in the Weston store is an ice cream counter serving 32 flavors, in addition to Hoffman’s Chocolates’ selection of more than 70 types of treats.

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“We are thrilled to join the Weston community and continue expanding our legendary brand in Broward County,” Jarett Levan, president of Hoffman’s parent company BBX Capital and CEO of BBX Sweet Holdings, said in the news release.

Hoffman’s began its expansion into Broward County in late 2014 and now has four stores there.

The chocolatier also celebrated its 40th anniversary this past summer.

The new store will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.