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Doing Business Downtown

Doing Business Downtown

Delray's vibrant Downtown District is home to an eclectic mix of eateries, shops and entertainment venues, but it also hosts many professional service businesses. Attorneys, architects, doctors and financial business people have found that doing business downtown is a pleasure. Downtown Delray Beach has become a growing source of pride for the City and its citizens. Over the past twenty-five years, investment in public and private development has resulted in a revitalization that inspires people to live, work and play in the urban core every day. More than two decades ago, Delray Beach dramatically revitalized its downtown core. The 2002 Downtown Master Plan, led by the City of Delray Beach and the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, guided millions of dollars in dozens of successful development projects. The City is once again experiencing a time of managed growth and redevelopment. This phase of construction and redevelopment will leave an imprint on our downtown and the region for years to come.

You’re in good hands with Delray Beach’s team of professionals who are working daily with business and companies of all sizes and industries seeking to site or grow an operation in Delray Beach. Feel free to contact any of the key partners listed below for assistance or more information.


The Office of Economic Development (OED)  is the primary resource for citywide business information, recruitment, development and assistance in Delray Beach. Our mission is to drive and inspire the growth of a diverse, vibrant, entrepreneurial economy for all. We serve our local economy by offering discrete, professional, and timely services that promote business activity and enhance the quality of life within our city.

Site Selection Services.  Whether you’re seeking to lease or own, OED’s complimentary site selection services can help you identify the most suitable potential locations for your startup, relocating, or expanding enterprise throughout the greater Delray Beach area.


The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

Created by Resolution 9-71, which became law on March 22, 1971, as a dependent special district of the City of Delray Beach, the DDA is responsible for the economic development and improvement of the downtown area of Delray Beach.

The Authority's main areas of involvement in the downtown development include: Marketing and Promotion of the Downtown district (and its neighborhoods - as seen through the DowntownDelrayBeach.com site, Social Media, print, television, digital media, and public relations, as well as Merchant Programs of the Night and Day Downtown Delray campaign and programs such as Savor the Avenue, Delray Beach Fashion Week, Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week, the Mother's Day Orchid Giveaway, Shop Small Saturday and more. 

The Delray Beach DDA is also responsible for Business Development, Security and Crime, Traffic and Parking (downtown lighting, street banners, pedestrian wayfinding sign systems), and acts as a liaison in comunicating with Local Boards and City Departments.


Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce – 561.278.0424.  Launched in 1912, the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce is at the heart of “everything business” in Greater Delray Beach.  The Chamber’s Relocation Guide is a must read for all new businesses and residents and it is highly recommended to visit the Chamber’s state-of-the-art offices often for the ‘latest and greatest’ news, products and services.


Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) - 561.276.8640.  The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is a local government agency that works in collaboration with residents, property owners, businesses, and other community organizations to foster redevelopment within the CRA District. Public safety, beautification and infrastructure improvements, economic development, affordable housing, marketing, and historic preservation are some of the activities the CRA supports.


CodeRED Emergency Notification System

The city of Delray Beach utilizes CodeRED to provide critical information to residents, businesses and visitors during emergency situations, disasters, and extreme weather events. CodeRED can also be used to communicate non-life safety matters, such as planned road closures, water main repairs, water and power service interruptions, or other general announcements. There is no charge to register or use CodeRED and your personal information will always remain confidential.

Some examples of why you might be called:

  • Weather warnings and updates on hazardous conditions
  • Evacuation orders and instructions
  • Boil water notices
  • Utility outages
  • Warnings of bomb threats, active shooters, or other criminal activity in your area
  • Warnings of chemical spills or gas leaks
  • Missing person alerts

Click here to register & learn more.