Palm Beach County Judicial Candidates Face Off At Kravis Luncheon


The Palm Beach Post
By Jane Musgrave – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Posted: 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WEST PALM BEACH — Primed to puff up their own qualifications and credentials, two opponents in a contentious judicial race were thrown a curve Wednesday when they were asked to say something nice about each other.

“I was thinking we were going to talk about me,” Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Diana Lewis said, garnering chuckles from the roughly 80 who gathered for the luncheon meeting of the Economic Forum.

After a long pause, Lewis praised the apparent good health of her opponent, Jessica Ticktin, who two months ago gave birth to her second child. Ticktin, in turn, gave what appeared to be grudging credit to Lewis for her years of public service. “She has been a judge,” she said. But at every opportunity, Ticktin quickly returned to the recurring theme of her campaign to oust the two-term judge: In a Palm Beach County Bar Association poll of its members, lawyers gave Lewis low marks for impartiality, demeanor and common sense.

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Few differences among candidates in debate: IG’s office, Seven50 plan


The Palm Beach Post
By Joe Capozzi – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Posted: 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WEST PALM BEACH — Four people seeking the Palm Beach County Commission’s western district seat agreed on most, but not all, topics Wednesday at the first candidate’s forum.

Moderators Sharon Merchant and Ken Spillias asked the candidates 13 questions submitted by members of the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County, which hosted the event. Each candidate was given one minute to answer.

As an audience of about 150 business and elected leaders finished a lunch of chicken and iced tea at the Kravis Center, Melissa McKinlay made a dramatic opening by holding a piece of rusted pipe that she said came from the ground in Belle Glade.

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Robert Weisman – Palm Beach County Administrator


Thursday, April 24th

“State of the County”

Always an engaging speaker, Bob Weisman returns to the Economic Forum to discuss all happening in Palm Beach County  that affect the budget and the economy. Never afraid to take questions and engage in comments, this promises to be another interesting meeting and Q & A.

11:30 a.m. Meet & Mingle
12:00 noon Luncheon
Reservations are $60 for non-members
$45 per person for Members & their guests
(Guest policy limited to two visits per guest)
Checks must be received by the Friday before the event.
Payable/Mail to: Economic Forum
P.O. Box 14834
North Palm Beach 33408
For more information call our
Administrator, Jon Kline @ (561)622-9920 / Mobile 561-373-5488
The Kravis Center
Cohen Pavilion
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach
FREE Garage Parking


Robert Weisman - Palm Beach County Administrator

Economic Forum Speakers Optimistic About 2014


Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
By Jeff Ostrowski – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Even after U.S. stocks turned in their best year since the 1990s, two investment strategists say the economy and stock market are primed to keep rising this year. Tepid consumer confidence, cautious banks and weak hiring have all created “room to run,” said Charles White, an executive managing director at investment bank Sterne, Agee & Leach of Birmingham, Ala.

“There’s a lot of what we call dry powder in the economy right now,” White said Tuesday during a presentation to the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County.

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Economic Development Chief: West Palm Residents Need To Back Commercial Growth Efforts


By Andrew Abramson
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Commercial Real Estate Broker Rebel Cook, President of the Economic Forum, said that if the city wants to attract business and development, it also needs to change its attitude on permitting. “many of us in this room have struggled with the City of West Palm Beach over the years,” Cook said.

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