As the key public and private stakeholders of the Tricities region (Pahokee, Belle Glade, and South Bay) of the western Palm Beach County "Glades" region, LORE's mission is to initiate, advocate, publicize, incubate, and coordinate public and private endeavors to further the economic and general well-being of the people of the Glades region. LORE is focusing on enabling a Decade of Diversity initiative to diversify the economy of the region by recruiting new business and industries to locate major operations in the Glades.
LORE was founded in 2006 arising from meetings between county, municipal, business, and civic leaders about the need for a Glades-wide representative body to foster in a coordinated way the economic and general well being of the people of the region. LORE is not a government body with authority to tax. It is more than a committee of well wishers for the public interest. The city managers of the Tricites are each on the LORE board by position, as is the executive director of the county Office of Economic Sustainability, along with representatives from the major economic forces in the region, the SFWMD, the Chambers of Commerce, BDB, financial institutions, and key educational and civic leaders.
In 2013 LORE entered into a formal partnership with BDB to implement its Decade of Diversity initiative to diversity the business and industrial make up of the Glades economy.
LORE undertakes programs to achieve its mission, including
In 2013 LORE entered into a formal partnership with the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) wherein LORE funds a BDB Vice President for Economic Development in the Glades Region. This person is dedicated full-time to recruiting major new business and industries to the Glades region.
In order to prepare Glades residents to participate in the coming diversity of opportunity, LORE initiated the Glades Career Readiness Roundtable, a consortium made up of the school district, state college, Tri-City municipalities, Career Source Palm Beach County, trade unions, community educational bodies, and others to establish career readiness education and vocational training programs. Practical results to date are an adult education pre-apprenticeship program (started November 2013), a Glades Construction Academy (2014), the upgrading and reopening of WestTech facilities for vocational training (2014), and increased engagement of the state college in technical and mid-management education.
Being the Voice of the Glades to inform and interpret the Glades experience to state and regional public and private organizations and bodies; Conducting Familiarization Tours for potential industries.
Enhanching regional assets, such as serving as the incubator for strengthening and expanding the Lawrence E Will Museum: A Museum of the Glades to serve as a mueum for the entire region, interpreting the Glades experience, history, and environment. Jointly sponsoring a Glades center for the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches to enrich the cultural experience of Glades youth.
Monitoring the work and purchase practices of large outside controctors who have major projects in the Glades to promote as much as feasible local hiring and use of local vendors.
LORE has an active 22-mmber volunteer board. All its activities were undertaken by volunteers, with the assistance of a part-time person to provide administrative and grantwriting services.