Economic Task Force

Membership Information:

Member Name:  Business/ Company:
Drew Kern  EWM Realty 
Eric Haas Sports Grill 
Julia Rhode Julia Rhode Design
Stephen Demanovich SRY
Timothy Rhode Julia Rhode Design
Walter Flores Golden Rule 
Joe Bier Epic Residences 
Timothy Rhode Julia Rhode Design
Council Liaison:
Staff Liaison:  Maria Pineda, Community and Economic Development Director

Purpose/ Mission

The Economic Development Task Force plans, organizes, and implements an economic development program to promote the growth and development of the Village’s economic base. The Task Force, guided by the Village Manager assists in the retention and expansion of existing local businesses and builds relationships between the business community and the local government.

Membership Application

We are looking for task force members who realize the economic and social potential of Palmetto Bay and to provide input and recommendations to the Village Manager. Please see the brochure below detailing Palmetto Bay's current business climate and to apply click here.

More About Palmetto Bay

  • Certified Florida Green Local Government by Florida Green Building Coalition
  • Tree City USA
  • An Award-Winning Planning & Zoning Code
  • Play City USA
  • Purple Heart City
Palmetto Bay is bordered by South Dixie Highway and Biscayne Bay between SW 136th avenue and SW 184th avenue. And we are directly located on a major transit line.

Resident Characteristics
  • 24,000 residents 
  • Median age of 40.8
    Age 0-19  30.9%
    Age 20-34  12.5%
    Age 35-54  32.2%
  • Median Household Income $107,259
The Village of Palmetto Bay has a skilled, multilingual workforce. 
91.9% have a High School degree
48.8% have a Bachelor's degree or higher

Rank                     Employe                                     Number of Employees

1                             BUPA                                                         450  
2                 Miami Dade Public Schools                                   432
3                        Brandsmart USA                                             200
4                 BCA Financial Services Inc.                                  184 
5              South Motors Auto Dealership                                 157
6                        Publix Supermarket                                        138
7                          Marshalls Store                                            134
8                 Mille's Ale House Restaurant                                100
9                     Progressive Insurance                                       91
10            Dadeland Dodge Auto Dealership                            70              

Quality of Life
  • Five highly active parks with over 84.5 acres of green space
  • 3 'A' rated Florida Public Schools
  • 3 Prestigious Private Schools
  • A wide variety of housing options that range from single family homes, to  mixed used apartments
  • Community events that attract thousands, such as our 4th July Celebration and an Annual Picnic
  • Florida does not have personal income tax
  • 7% sales tax
  • 5.5% state corporate income tax
  • 2.325 maximum millage rate (4th lowest in the county)
  • Over 1,200 active businesses
  • 6 approved mixed-use projects within our Downtown Business Corridor
  • Over 312,000 sf of approved Commercial Retail 
  • Over 1,000 approved residential units
The Village of Palmetto Bay is seeing a major transformation in the development of our business district, as well as a large number of Village-wide improvements. With these changes come major business opportunities for everyone.

We invite you to come and grow your business in Palmetto Bay!